Classes & Workshops

MKR LAB is gearing up to launch this fall in Northern Westchester. We’re offering a smattering of workshops and classes locally ahead of our launch. Come, see what we’re about! And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know. We’re designing our curriculum this very moment! 

Wed. May 16, 4:30 - 5:30. Grades 2 - 8

LED PomPom Crown

Learn about circuits, resistors, polarity, and LEDs. Whether you're planning to go Dancing at Dusk at Caramoor, watching July 4 fireworks or just going to a backyard BBQ, you'll shine a little light of your own with this glowing pompom crown. Students will make a simple circuit of super bright white LEDs wired in parallel and powered by coin batteries. They'll learn about polarity, resistors, in this fun intro to wearables. Get your glow on!

Tues. May 22, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Grades K - 5

Circuits & Dough

Learn about circuitry using a very familiar medium: play doh! Learn about polarity, the flow of electricity, make LEDs light up, create switches, buttons and more. The play doh introduces creativity, is approachable and familiar. And kids get instant feedback - the light turns on or it doesn't; they make a change, get results.

Wed. June 6, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Grades 5 - 12

Build a Lighthouse: Intro to Soldering

Learn basic soldering skills by building a mini lighthouse. Soldering is a way to permanently attach electrical components with melted metal. Students will use lead-free solder to attach a battery holder, resistors, transistors, capacitors, a power switch and an LED. They can change the value of the resistors to change the flashing pattern and create an occulting lighthouse. 

Sat. June 9, 2 - 3 pm. Grades 5 - 12

Build a Laser Tripwire

Build a laser tripwire with Arduino and a photo cell. Students will use a photo-sensitive receiver attached to an Arduino microprocessor to sense when a laser beam is broken and set off an alarm. Students will download basic C code and are able to make modifications and customizations if they are inspired. This promises to be loads of fun, just like Mission Impossible!

Sat. June 16, 2 - 4 pm. Grades 2 - 8

Sew a Soft-Circuit Plushie

Explore sewable circuits with conductive thread and LEDs in an e-textile circuit. Students will learn how to arrange a circuit, incorporate a switch and a button, and they'll get to be as creative as they want to be in designing and decorating their creature. They'll also learn a little basic sewing. This workshop will have you in stitches!


Build a Robot 6 Week Workshop

Have you ever wanted to assemble your own computer? Build a robot? Program in Python? We'll teach you the basics with a Raspberry Pi, a computer that will fit into the palm of your hand. Take all six workshops as a course that will teach you all the skills you need to design and build your own robot or sign up for individual segments.

Thursdays 4/19 – 5/24     5 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 19
Introduction to the Raspberry Pi, background, and historical context, how to set it up and connect it to a keyboard and monitor. We’ll write a short program to turn an LED on and off using GPIO pins.
Thursday, April 26
Software Environment: Raspbian Linux and basic shell commands, Python, Digital Logic. We’ll add a button to our LED and write a program to turn the LED on and off with the button.
Thursday, May 3
Headless operation, working without a monitor. Once you’ve attached the button, you can control the LED without a monitor. This step is essential to begin to transition from traditional computer to robot. We’ll cover Wifi setup and SSH.
Thursday, May 10
Ultrasonic Sensor. We’ll continue to code in Python building on what we’ve learned so far to measure distance with an ultrasonic sensor. We’ll discuss the digital logic that’s involved and use the speed of sound to convert time to distance.
Thursday, May 17
Relay and Motors. We’ll discuss applications for motors and incorporate one into our robot with more Python controls.
Thursday, May 24
Finalize your robot! Integrate all our individual components, and run code to make the robot function as a whole. We’ll wrap up with more ideas of ways to build on the Raspberry Pi and unleash our creativity, turning students from consumers of technology to creators.