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Adapted Tools
MakeShop
September 5, 2015
By
Derek
In MAKESHOP we believe in offering “real stuff” to everybody in our maker space, regardless of age, but not every space does this. Part of the problem is that some tools aren’t meant for the hands of a six year old, and using an adult-sized tool can be difficult and dangerous. Luckily, using some of these same real tools, we can make modifications to improve grip, and ultimately, safety. A rasp like this has an aggressive texture to quickly wear away wood. Its about a foot long, so it takes a…
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Goodbye MAKESHOP
MakeShop
August 14, 2015
By
Kevin
After eight years of working at the Museum I am finally moving on to teach at a local school in Pittsburgh. The video above does a good job of demonstrating my experience at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. I spent a lot of time having fun, trying new things and meeting new people (and sitting on the floor). I have been around since before MAKESHOP started. From it’s humble beginnings in the Garage exhibit MAKESHOP has been a place where families, students and staff can try new things and…
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Shop tips: Sandpaper
MakeShop
July 30, 2015
By
Derek
Sandpaper is a great tool, which we often use in our workshop.  It is very safe to use, compared to some tools, so even our youngest visitors can experience wood shaping. Sandpaper is essentially, as the name suggests, sand stuck on paper.  These hard particles will scratch into wood, plastic, and other materials.  The size of these particles determines the roughness of the sandpaper.  This is called the ‘grit’, and lower numbers are more rough.  Sandpaper is available in ranges from 50 to 1000,…
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Magnets and Circuits Blocks Combine To Form…
MakeShop
July 26, 2015
By
Kevin
Circuit blocks are a very popular part of MAKESHOP. But there has been a single pressing problem within our design that has plagued teaching artists for the past several years. We use alligator clips to connect our blocks together and the problem with these is that our younger visitors have trouble manipulating these clips. It is quite the strain on their fine motor skill capabilities to open and close the clips.  This problem has been addressed by almost every single MAKESHOP teaching artist in…
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