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My two favorite things…

The above photo is a nice visual representation of two of my favorite things happening at once in MAKESHOP. There are a bunch of educators in our workshop and we are making circuit blocks. I love it when the Museum hosts any event or professional development that involves other educators. Earlier in the month of August we held another of our Maker Educator Bootcamps. This bootcamp was a week long event that gave educ
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Animation and Teachers

We recently held a Maker Educator Boot Camp (our version of an exhaustive professional development for teachers and educators) at West Liberty University’s Center for Arts and Education. The teachers got the chance to learn some teaching techniques centered around making and exploring.  I was only able to attend one day of the four day Boot Camp but just one day was special enough. I taught the digital applicat
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Maker Educator Boot Camp at West Liberty

On June 23-26th we held our second Maker Educator Boot Camp, and our first in West Virginia! All through this past school year Kevin has spent many of his Tuesdays driving down to work with WLU to help build out and facilitate their makerspace. As part of this partnership they were kind enough to host us for three days of educator professional development with workshops, discussion, reflection and making. On the four
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Making Problems and Solving Problems

Usually it is the teacher who provides the problems for the students to solve. At the Museum and especially in MAKESHOP we like to give teachers an opportunity create some problems for themselves. Teacher trainings might be my favorite thing to do in MAKESHOP. Being a teacher myself I see the benefits to these kinds of professional development opportunities. Having a group of teachers learn how to do something with l
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Learning from teachers

We don’t just serve children at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, we are also a resource for teachers.  We offer many professional development workshops for teachers.  Recently, we held a workshop to discuss the different options for early childhood educators to use the Museum.  We offered teachers an opportunity to reflect on certain areas of the Museum and how these exhibits could be utilized as a co
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Making a very big costume…

I’m not an expert at anything, but I am really good at asking questions. I wanted to make a JEDI KNIGHT robe for Halloween.  Problem: I have never sewn anything this big or complex before.  Thankfully, I was able to ask Rebecca, a fellow Teaching Artist, and Lea, one of our interns, for help.  They showed me the importance of sketching your project before you do anything.  It is important to visualize the piece
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