Mobile MAKESHOP Advisory Committee Application

MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, with funding from The Benedum Foundation, and in collaboration with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity, the Allegheny County Library Association, and West Liberty University, is developing a mobile version of the MAKESHOP exhibit. Applications are due by December 21, 2012. Please email Adam Nye, MAKESHOP Manager at anye@pittsburghkids.org with any questions.
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Major Goals of Mobile MAKESHOP:

• Enable communities across the region to experience MAKESHOP in ways authentic to diverse learning contexts. Once developed, Mobile MAKESHOP will visit schools and community-based sites, serving children and families throughout the 10-county region surrounding Pittsburgh and into West Virginia, to provide hands-on maker activities. • Enable teachers and informal educators to recognize, value, and support making as a practice of learning within their classrooms and communities. The Mobile MAKESHOP program will provide professional development for educators of participating schools and community institutions, as well as pre-service teachers, as an integral aspect of the Mobile MAKESHOP experience. • To understand, model, and replicate these efforts sustainably through evaluation and research that identifies and translates the affordances of making for diverse learning contexts such as schools, libraries, community-centers.

Advisory Committee:

Through a competitive application process, the partners will select an advisory committee of teachers, librarians, community educators, and administrators to collaborate in the development of Mobile MAKESHOP and its related programming. This advisory committee will be responsible for the following: • Advise on the development of authentic and applicable teacher/educator professional development as well as student/community learning formats and experiences • Prototype child-focused and professional development aspects of Mobile MAKESHOP in their contexts of practice • Document and reflect on these prototyped experiences • Attend four advisory committee meetings at the Children’s Museum • Be an ambassador of maker learning for their school and/or learning communities In return for advisor’s participation, Mobile MAKESHOP will visit each advisor’s location (school, library, community center, etc.) free of charge. Advisors will also receive free family admission tickets to the Children’s Museum.

About MAKESHOP:

MAKESHOP is an informal learning environment for children and families to engage in authentic making experiences. A partnership of the Children’s Museum, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE), and Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), MAKESHOP provides Museum visitors with open access to digital media resources and physical materials. A team of facilitators with specialties in the areas of digital media, sewing and fiber arts, electronics, woodworking, and informal learning introduce visitors to the diverse materials and process of making, as they help visitors translate their visions into tangible products. For more information, visit our blog at www.makeshoppgh.org. Contact Information: Adam Nye, MAKESHOP Manager 412-322-5058 ext. 219 / anye@pittsburghkids.org 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212