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Field Trip: Robinson Township Library

Derek and I had the privilege of using the Robinson Township Library’s extremely large activity space to teach woodworking.  We taught visitors how to use hammers, hand drills, saws, sand paper and screwdrivers. We planned to have the families experience and learn about the tools.  Some of the families asked if they could create something (a sculpture or a structure) using the tools and wood.  We would never st
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Lets Go Bucs!

I really like baseball; since I moved to Pittsburgh I finally found a team to root for…The Pittsburgh Pirates.  I was extremely ecstatic to hear that the Museum had partnered with the Bucs this summer to do some special programming.  Included in this programming is our open-sourced pinball machine (built by Christian and modified by the rest of the staff). With a little help from everyone in MAKESHOP and a lot
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Pterodactyls, Superheroes and Light Houses…

Sometimes we end up with a theme within a theme in MAKESHOP.  In this case, our theme was “MAKESBURGH” (our community created cardboard city).  Within that theme emerged some other strange trends.  For some reason, the skies of MAKESBURGH became plagued with pterodactyls.  One young, imaginative visitor came up with an entire superhero to help keep MAKESBURGH safe.   CAT CREATURE!…who defends t
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MAKESBURGH RETURNS

We decided to do a big community project at the end of May.  The Museum sees a record number of visitors this time of year due to school field trips.  We felt that a big group project would be fun for all of these groups to add to.  We always have  a ton of recycled materials in MAKESHOP, and what better way to use these materials, than to build a giant cardboard city! We set up the workshop space as a landscape (wit
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Field Trip: Pleasant Hills Public Library

I really want to thank the Pleasant Hills Public Library for giving the Museum the opportunity to teach their visitors some simple ways to explore electricity.  I would also like to thank the library for letting me make such a big mess in their activity room.  There was a big crowd of people waiting for the me to show up with my box of batteries and motors and lights.  And everyone was really open to the fact that we
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Field Trip: Andrew Bayne Memorial Library

  First things first: The Andrew Bayne Memorial Library is an absolutely beautiful building.  I had the opportunity to visit this amazing location with our new Maker Corps Members (Sam, Lauren, Lindsay and Nick).  The library is located in an old mansion which is surrounded by a lovely park.  The entire second floor is dedicated to children’s education, and that’s where we spent the majority of our t
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