Welcome to the Dream Factory


The MakeShop is a partnership among the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE).

The space’s goal is to integrate DIY/ Maker elements with digital tech projects and media access to produce a laboratory for exploration, creativity and curiosity. Through these combined elements and our unique partnership, MakeShop pushes the envelope of informal and experiential learning by incorporating old and new technologies and project-based activities in a hands-on workshop environment.

The Makeshop project’s goal is to create an experiential flow that encourages children’s reflection about design ideation as a cyclical process.


The MakeShop Project