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Repurposing Jeans

It was around three o’clock in the afternoon when Katie came into MAKESHOP with an old pair jeans in tote.  She explained to me that the jeans had holes in them and her mom wanted to throw them out.  Instead, Katie brought the jeans to the Museum to turn them into something new.  Katie has been to MAKESHOP before, so she was confident about what could be done.  She consulted me, Derek, and Amy about what she sh
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Laser cutting for anyone

Anyone can do it… A typical day at work in MAKESHOP can be hard to predict.  A couple of days ago, I was taught how to use a laser cutter. An amazing team of students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center spent an entire semester developing an iPad app to allow someone like me to do something like use a laser cutter. Some days I deal with a loom, and other days I deal with lase
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Older pea seedlings

The youngest beings in MAKESHOP

In April, we celebrated Earth Day by helping visitors plant seeds in recycled containers.  Our visitors learned about the basic needs of plants as they carefully filled their chosen containers with dirt, seeds, and water.  Most of the planted seeds went home with families, but we kept some here. We had a variety of seeds to choose from:  quick growing grass seeds (for the impatient), a wildflower mix (for the indecis
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Interactive Fiction

We’ve been running a series of Sunday afternoon demonstrations of computer programming using Inform 7, which is a programming language for creating stories that you can play like a game.  Visitors learned about using nouns and verbs to navigate story  games, then about how to write code to make their very own story worlds.  We used an online version of Inform 7 called Playfic, which allows you to write and play
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Mermaid Puppet

When 4-year-old Reese came in, she was sure she wanted to make something… she just wasn’t sure what. After seeing a prototype marionette our Teaching Artist Lea had made, she was immediately inspired. “My favorite princess is Ariel. I’m going to make a mermaid puppet,” she declared, “And when I get home I’m going to put on a puppet show for my mom and dad.” She knew tha
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Animation and a lot of jewelry

Michael and Katie are two kids who really took full advantage of MAKESHOP.  They spent some time getting introduced to two different projects, mainly stop-motion animation and jewelry making.  After an introduction, they set out to create several amazing and varied projects.  Katie spent some time making felt balls out of wool and then proceeded to make necklace using her felt creations.  She was then shown how to at
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