by Rebecca Grabman, MAKESHOP Manager
MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is excited to welcome a second year of Maker Corps Members in 2014! As part of the museum’s mission to provide innovative experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity, MAKESHOP was created in 2011 as a place for families and children of all ages to engage in making processes using real tools and materials. From sewing and woodworking to laser cutting and 3D printing, from felting and weaving to soldering and stop-motion, we strive to provide a range of social, learner-driven, multi-layered experiences that can be scaled for all ages, from 2 to 102.
Located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, we have a range of programs that reach diverse audiences across the region. Maker Corps Members can expect to not only learn about and facilitate visitor use of a wide variety of tools and processes, but to also engage our community in a number of different ways including: day-to-day work with visitors and families, planning and running youth (ages 10+) programs, helping with Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire (hosted here at the museum!), running educator and librarian workshops at our annual Maker Boot Camp, and working collaboratively with Maker Corps Members from the other Pittsburgh Host Sites (Assemble and Millvale Community Library).
We have a dedicated staff from a wide assortment of backgrounds that’s brought together by a passion for making things. Between us we specialize in traditional woodworking processes, eTextiles, mask making, robotics, film and a huge assortment of other skills. We’re looking for awesome, interesting, talented individuals to help us play, explore, invent and learn. Ideal Maker Corps Members are passionate about whatever it is that they love to do and are equally willing to share their passion as they are to learn about others’ specialties. Just to name a few examples: last year Lindsay got us obsessed with embroidery, Sam taught us about computer programming, Nick waxed poetic about street art and Lauren picked up a new hobby in interactive fiction.
You can find more information about MAKESHOP at our blog, www.makeshoppgh.org.
MAKESHOP is a partnership between Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC).