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Simple machines in MAKESHOP

I recently had the opportunity to work with a kindergarten class from the Environmental Charter School.  We had a partnership with them that created a residency for two of our teaching artists to visit the school to plan and co-teach lessons.  Nick and I were asked to help with the first grade and a kindergarten classroom.  Nick helped the first grade work on inventions and circuitry and I joined the kindergarten to
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Bicycle Heaven Field Trip

I own a bicycle. I used to commute to school via bike and I own a Pittsburgh trail map. I can reconnect a brake cable and theoretically know how to adjust my spoke tension. I’m not a total luddite, but to me bicycles are a necessity only if there’s no buses and it will take too long to walk. So when a friend came in to Pittsburgh recently and suggested we go to Bicycle Heaven, I had no idea where or what
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Monster Mash

A guest maker, Adam King, who makes theatrical monster masks, visited MAKESHOP in October to sculpt one of his awesome creatures! Amazing to think that it started as a lump of clay. Here it is finished! And here are some of his friends.
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Duquesne Incline Machine Room Field Trip

Possibly the best fifty cents you’ll ever spend is a look inside the Duquesne Incline’s machine room. At 135 years old, it is the oldest cable car operation in the United States, predating San Francisco’s trolley system. The Incline now runs on electricity instead of steam, but much of the machinery is unchanged from the original 1877 design. In 1962 the Incline closed, but community efforts raised
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Making Connections

Taking something that was going to be thrown away and giving it a new purpose is always rewarding.  The “Book-Shelf” pictured above is a great example of a project that uses entirely re-purposed junk. Actually, “junk” seems like a negative term… Let’s call it “repurposed treasure.” My friend, Becky, wanted to make gift cards for her salon (Tula Organic) in the Squirrel
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Goofing off at Maker Faire

We hosted the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire last week.  It was a lovely day full of lovely people.  I could go on in great detail about all the gadgets and amazing inventions on display.  Instead, what I noticed most during the day was a sense of goofiness.  Everyone was genuinely having fun. We had so much fun at the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire! If you missed the event, then you missed out!
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