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“Warmth” Workshops

Our January programmatic theme of “warmth” meant return visits by two great Guest Makers, Theresa Baughman and Deren Guler. Check out some photos from their workshops! “Warm Fuzzies” with Theresa Baughman Theresa, one of our former MAKESHOP interns, set up our workshop area with everything kids needed to sew a pillow that can be warmed up in the microwave. There wasn’t anything too compl
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Bombs away!

These days in Pittsburgh, I find myself sitting around waiting for signs of spring.  Until last weekend. I found the perfect remedy to beat the wintertime blues… BATH BOMBS!  What better way to treat yourself than soaking up warmth in a bath tub or hot tub, knowing you made your very own bath fizzy. The ingredients and directions are quite simple, making these a fun Valentine’s Day treat for someone who m
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Glowing Bots!

Every month we have a theme that helps us to decide on new activities for MAKESHOP.  We spent the month of December making projects and exploring materials that GLOW.  We had glow-in-the-dark fabric, UV LEDs, lots of holiday lights, light painting, and some glow-in-the-dark paint.  I had the brilliant idea to combine some of the GLOW activities with a ShopBot (what we call basically anything with a motor attached to
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Aircraft Carrier

Joseph was a really fun kid to meet.  He was one of those visitors who seemed to fit right in at MAKESHOP.  He didn’t know exactly what he wanted to create, but he came to a decision after he spent some time tinkering and exploring the materials.  He first tinkered around with lighting up small LEDs with batteries.  He eventually created a really cool switch using a single paper clip.  After he was done explori
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Re-purposing Old Parts

I decided to drastically change the xylophone that I built for MAKESHOP.  While prototyping some ideas with a group of preschool students, some teachers and I noticed that they really enjoy filling up containers and dumping them out.  They also really like to put things through holes and fit different size pieces together.  I was unofficially commissioned to create a simple prototype that would allow our youngest vis
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MAKESHOP Show

Did you know that there is a MAKESHOP Show? The MAKESHOP Show is an online resource hub for kid makers ages 6-10 years old. They help YOU to get into maker culture through originally-produced project ideas and videos from the MAKESHOP™, links to exciting content elsewhere and downloadable resources for kids, parents, and teachers. All projects are voted on by kids and designed as hands on experiences in science, tech
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