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MAKESHOP through the eyes of a four year old
MakeShop
July 23, 2015
By
Kevin
Soren is four years old and he visits MAKESHOP on a weekly basis. He is really interested in exploring everything that MAKESHOP has to offer. A couple of weeks ago Cori, a member of the Museum’s New Media Department, was testing out a new camera in MAKESHOP. As with everything, Soren was really interested in exploring the camera. The camera was built pretty tough and didn’t have to many buttons or options so Cori decided to let Soren test it out. What follows are a series of pictures taken from…
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Chain Reactions: Prompting the Unexpected
MakeShop
July 19, 2015
By
Kevin
We have been exploring chain reactions at the Museum for years.  Building tracks and paths for balls to roll on is a fun activity that teaches persistence, prototyping and teamwork.  Recently I taught two separate classes centered around chain reactions.  One was with a group of second graders from the Ellis School.  Their science teacher wanted to expand upon her students’ learning with a trip to MAKESHOP. The other class was with a group of kids at the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s new maker…
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Books for Makers, Part 1: Selection
MakeShop
July 15, 2015
By
Molly
Because “making” can be hard to define, at least in the MAKEHSOP context, finding books that are a good fit for our visitors can be a challenge. Last summer, fellow Teaching Artist (and fellow librarian) Henry and I started picking new books to add to the MAKESHOP book collection so we could begin our Maker Story Time program. In this blog series, I’ll share some of the ways in which we go through the process of creating a library. “Making,” in our definition (and there are many, and it is…
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Unfinished Projects
MakeShop
July 14, 2015
By
Kevin
Recently Paul, a former educator at the Museum, came back to visit for a day. Paul moved to Boston right before MAKESHOP officially opened. He was around for the prototyping of MAKESHOP and was pivotal in its inception several years ago. At some point during his time at the Museum Paul started working on a DIY guitar. While he was visiting with me a couple of weeks ago the two of us discovered the guitar in our basement storage space. It turns out that Paul never quite finished the project. We…
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