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Maker BBQ

I get to do a lot of fun things for the Museum. I recently got the chance to attend a Maker BBQ hosted by Hive Pittsburgh which is part of the Kids + Creativity Network. I spent a night at Pittsburgh’s Tech Shop hanging out with a bunch of teenagers. Everyone involved was teaching or demonstrating something digital: 3D modeling, programming etc.  I decided to bring along some computers and let kids play with SC
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Maker Faire 2013

  The third Pittsburgh Mini-Maker Faire was held in September here at the Museum, presented with HackPGH.  As always, it was a lot of fun.  I spent most of my time in MAKESHOP drawing with robots and teaching people how to solder.  But I did get a chance to see all of the fun inventions and ideas that the makers were presenting. There was a really neat frisbee throwing robot that always had willing participants to ca
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Another Youth MAKE Night…

We held another Youth MakeNight for some of our teenage visitors a couple of weeks ago.  These events are so much fun.  As staff, we get to interact with an older demographic of children, and the group of teenagers get to visit the Museum without their parents. We offered several different activities for the kids (sewing, pinball, circuits, etc.) and as usual, the kids created some activities of their own…Like
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What did we do with MAKEY MAKEY?

What is a Makey Makey?  It is actually kind of hard to describe in words.  Essentially it is a switch that uses anything conductive to replace the keys on a standard keyboard.  There is much more information on the Makey Makey website. The Makey Makey is our newest toy in MAKESHOP.  As I mentioned, the Makey Makey is a variable switch that replaces a standard keyboard and allows you to interface with a computer using
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Field Trip: Mt Lebanon Public Library

How many of you have ever seen a 3D printer before? When I asked the eight kids, ages 9-12, in the 3D Modeling and Printing workshop at Mt Lebanon Public Library, three of them raised their hands! What’s even cooler than that, is that the other five had not, but they decided to sign up for and attend our free workshop anyway, just because it sounded interesting and they wanted to try something new. We brought o
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Field Trip: Elizabeth Forward

When Elizabeth Forward School District contacted MAKESHOP to teach a week of one of their summer enrichment classes, we weren’t sure what kind of activities we should plan. The class was called “Dream Factory 101″. We knew the students would spend the second week learning about 3D modeling and printing, so we decided that our week would be about physical computing. Physical computing is a term used
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