How People Make Things
Inspired by Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours

May 19 – September 3, 2018

Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things tells that story by showing you the ways in which familiar childhood objects are manufactured, and the people, ideas and technology used to transform raw materials into finished products. How People Make Things brings the manufacturing experience to life, taking visitors onto the factory floor through hands-on activities in cutting, molding, deforming and assembly where you create objects to take home. Cut Wax using different sculpting tools and experience 3-dimensional cutting by hand. Deform a wire by taking a straight wire into a spring shape by winding it around the metal shaft. Pull the lever to fill one of six molds with fluid.

How People Make Things was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Family Communications, Inc. (FCI), the producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE). The exhibit was supported in part by the National Science Foundation and The Grable Foundation. Locally sponsored by Vermont PBS.