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What is an Armature?

An armature is like a skeleton (sometimes made out of wire) that can be bent and held into certain positions. As a movable sculpture it can be used to make stop-motion animations. Guest Maker Anisha Deshmane visited MAKESHOP on August 16th to explore the process of making armatures with our visitors. We used steel wire and pipe cleaners to make the skeletons and cotton stuffing and colored masking tape to give the sk
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College Trip

I recently had the opportunity to teach two workshops at an event for girls interested in science hosted at Robert Morris University. As usual I gave the kids minimal instruction and then allowed them a large amount of time to explore the materials and components. They were given the chance to make something — anything — out of recycled materials, motors and batteries. This group of girls really took this
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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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Guitar Making Workshop (8+)

Join Guest Maker Saturn Millner for a guitar making workshop! June is our Sound Making month in MAKESHOP and we’re kicking it off with a super fun workshop. Learn how to construct a working 3-string guitar from materials- new and old. Drill, sand, assemble and decorate! Each child will create a functional guitar to take home. Two workshop slots are available: 10:00am- noon 2:00- 4:00pm Tickets for participating
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A Busy Youth Maker Night

On May 9, we hosted another Youth Maker Night.  These events are a great opportunity for older kids to experience MAKESHOP without their parents or younger siblings.  We can offer special creative activities that we can’t offer the daily Museum audience.  This night’s special activity was making citra solv transfers. The kids learned how to transfer photographic images from paper to other materials such a
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Camp MAKESHOP

We love to try new things, and we heard you wanted a way to spend more time here — so this August we’re running our first-ever summer camp, for kids ages 10-12. Join us for five days (Aug 18-Aug 22) to get your MAKESHOP fill before school starts back up. There will be a little bit of everything: electronics, sewing, woodworking… and a few surprises, too, of course! For more details and updated infor
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