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2018 Matt's Maker Space Program Series Schedule:

Pittsburgh Robotics with the Heinz History Center
Monday, February 19th (Mt. Lebanon schools closed today!)

Robotics have a history and home in Pittsburgh!  Come discover recent innovations in modular robotics using Cubelets.  Pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University, Cubelets allow kids to build increasingly complex robots based on cubes that think, act, and sense.
 
Two sessions:  
 1 – 1:45pm  For kids in 1st – 2nd Grade
 
2:30 - 3:15pm for kids in 3rd – 5th Grade
 
Registration Required.

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Digital Animation with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

March 6, 8, 13, 15  3:30-5:30pm

For kids in 6th – 8th Grade
Dive into the fascinating world of animation with Adobe Animate! You'll explore the art of character design and brainstorm an original creation of your own. Then, use a stylus and graphics tablet to translate your visions into a smooth animation.
Participants must be able to attend all four sessions.
 
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Drawing and Painting series with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Saturdays in April, 9:30AM-11:30AM

For kids in 4th – 5th Grade
Explore classic and contemporary art-making techniques while exploring diverse media in this PF/PCA and Mt. Lebanon Library collaboration. Your child can choose just one or attend up to four sessions that will take turns concentrating on the human figure, landscapes, visual storytelling and experimentation.
 
Registration Required
Please register for each class separately  

 
April 7th: Figurative
Students will use gesture and contour drawing methods to learn about facial and body proportions. Creating quick, timed charcoal drawings and in-depth mixed media artworks, your child will express human anatomy artfully.

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April 14th: Landscapes
Students will utilize the outdoor spaces at the library, creating drawings and paintings 'en plein air' like the French Impressionists. Tackling color mixing, perspective, and fine line drawing techniques, your child will create colorful personalized landscapes.

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April 21st: Narrative
Students will express a complete story using only a series of hand drawn images. Employing literary elements like character development and plot, students will look to ancient murals, classic comics, graphic novels and famous illustrated books as inspiration for his or her own visual narrative.

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April 28th: Experimental
Experimenting with and combining a variety of drawing and painting media, students will discover new and unexpected results. Each child will collaborate with classmates in an art game, use music to shape his or her style, and make marks using non-traditional materials.

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Robots with Carnegie Science Center

Tuesday, May 15th  (Mt. Lebanon schools closed today!)

Two Sessions:
 
1-2pm Robot on a Mission for kids in Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Discovery binary code and learn how to communicate with your fellow “robots” to get the job done!

Registration Required.

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2:30-3:30pm Robots vs. Humans for Grades 3 – 6
Master binary code, perform tasks without using your fingers, and program a robotic car!

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Mt. Lebanon Library Summer Reading Kickoff

June, 21st

The Children’s Museum will be stopping by our Summer Kickoff from 1:30PM to 3:30PM.  Come play with a Drawbot and take home some spiral-y artwork!  All ages.
No registration required.


Learn to Code with Axios Code Camp

June 25th – 28th, 5:00PM to 6:30PM

A week-long coding camp for kids in 3rd-5th grade.

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Metalsmithing Artist Residency Project with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

July 16-20, 23-27, 3-5pm daily  

For students entering 8th and 9th grades.
Experience the excitement of metalsmithing and jewelry making this summer at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. Over the course of the two week Residency Project, students will build new artistic skills using metals, enamels, torches, kilns, hammers, and anvils.
Students will work individually on take home projects and will work collaboratively to design and fabricate permanent outdoor sculptures for the library gardens.

Must be able to attend all 10 days.  This program requires a two-week daily commitment July 16-20 and July 23-27 from 3-5pm.   To apply for this workshop please download the application or stop by the Children's Library to pick up a copy.  Application deadline is May 31st.  There will be rolling admission, so apply early!

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Math Lab  

July 30th-Aug 2nd   1:30-2:30pm

A 4-day math camp for kids entering 5th and 6th grade.  Come play math games such at 24 and more!  Registrants must be able to attend all four sessions.   

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Mini Math Mites

August 7th-9th

Two sessions.  10am-11am  or  1pm-2pm
This is a 3-day math camp for kids entering 2nd-4th grade.  It’s a whole new type of math club where you’ll jump over laser beams, chase pirates, and more!  Registrants must be able to attend all three sessions.  You can choose from a morning session or an afternoon session.   

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Pinhole Photography with The Manchester Craftsman’s Guild

August 13th  (1-3pm) and  August 14th (12:30-3:30)

For kids entering 6th-8th Grade
The basic definition of a camera is a light tight box with a hole in it.  In this workshop you'll learn to make your very own pinhole camera. You will then take some awesome images with it and develop them in a traditional dark room.   This is a special 2-day program.  Day 1 takes place at the library.  On Day 2 we will take a bus from the library to The Machester Craftsman’s Guild to develop the film in their dark room!  Registrants must be able to attend both days.  

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Raku Workshop with The Manchester Craftsman’s Guild

August 15th  (9 am – 12 pm) and August 22nd  (9:30 am – 2:30 pm)

For kids entering 6th-8th Grade
This workshop will begin by learning some hand-building techniques that you will use to create ceramic art. Next you will glaze your work. And finally you will engage in the most exciting process, the Raku firing! Your red hot pieces are removed from the kiln with tongs and smothered with sawdust and newspaper to create flashes of color in the glazes.  This is a special 2-day program.  Day 1 will be at the library.  On Day 2 (August 22nd) we will travel to the Manchester Craftsman's Guild to trim and glaze our pieces, have lunch, and then fire our pieces using the Raku firing process.  

Registrants MUST be able to attend both days.  
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Rapid Prototyping with Heinz History Center  

August 22nd  2018    

One of the keys to innovation is the ability to rapidly prototype and iterate an idea.  Explore the story of George Westinghouse as he raced against time to create a lightbulb that would light the World’s Fair for the first time.  Participants then design and develop their own rapid prototypes to solve a historically inspired challenge!  
Two sessions:  
 1 – 1:45pm  For kids in 1st – 2nd Grade
 
2:30 - 3:15pm for kids in 3rd – 5th Grade
 
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Monster Mash

October 20th, 10am – noon

For kids ages 5-7
Invent monstrous, fantastical, or just silly creations through sculptural forms. Be inspired by books and your own imagination as you bring your creatures to life.

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Synthesizers, Samples, and Soundtracks with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

November 6th, 8th, and 13th   4pm-6pm

For kids in 3rd – 5th Grades
Learn how to make an instrument out of anything! Explore the science of sound using magnetic circuitry to design and build your own unique musical instruments. Then learn how to record your instruments, make sound effects and remixes!   Must be able to attend all three sessions.

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Intro to Coding with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

December 3, 5, 10, and 12th   3:30-5:30

For kids in 6th-8th grades.
Explore the logic of coding! In this class, you'll build a game using Scratch, then practice scripting in the Terminal using Javascript, one of the most popular computer programming languages used today.  Must be able to attend all four sessions.

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Chemical Concoctions with Carnegie Science Center

December 28th 1-2pm

Stir up some concoctions like silly putty and chalk to take home!
For kids in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade  

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