MKR LAB @Workspace

MKR LAB classes at Workspace Education

MKR LAB is proud to partner with Workspace Education. Workspace’s co-learning approach puts it at the forefront of progressive education. It’s a dynamic place with state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped Makery, wood shop, art room, and textiles room. We’ll be running camps at Workspace this summer and classes and after school programs will launch in the fall. Find us in the Big Red Barn at 16 Trowbridge Dr., Bethel, CT 06801.

Schedule and description of summer camp sessions
July 8-12, 9-11 am

We’ll build the drones and learn how to fly them with an app, and learn the principles behind multirotor flight, including gyroscopes and motor speed control. Then we’ll start programming our drones for complex maneuvers with the built-in click-and-drag programming language. Students also can redesign the drones, reposition the motors, turn them into hovercraft, cars, spinning tops and experiment with design process engineering. Using a block-code editor we’ll create buttons for our controllers and program subroutines. This is an exciting intro to coding with immediate physical feedback. Parts are made from rigid styrofoam and attach with magnets, making this a safe and rewarding build.

Battle Bots
July 8-12, 12-3 pm

Create a battle bot with MKR LAB! We’ll use a microcontroller as the basis for our bots and we’ll brainstorm what we want to add (wedge, a crushing hammer, spinning “blade”) and what each will look like. We’ll be using the BBC’s micro:bit microcontroller, which is part of the national computer science curriculum throughout the UK and in other parts of the world. We’ll connect motors, integrate a motor controller, and use custom 3D printed components to attach our motors to LEGOs. That allows each student to design (and easily redesign) their robot. Participants will be engaged with the physical building and robot aspect of the class while building solid coding skills and logical thinking. And of course we'll battle! Kids can see for themselves what works and what doesn't and redesign parts of their bots using the design process.

Intro to Coding with Robots
July 29 - Aug. 12, 9-11 am

Learn how robots work and how to program them with block code. We love to explore computer science in this way because it is so compelling for all types of learners. The combination of robots with coding teaches kids critical skills, such as problem solving and perseverance, in a really exciting and effective way.

Interactive Art
July 29 - Aug 2, 1-4 pm

When art and tech collide, we gain new creative tools and expand our abilities to create interactive artwork and engage the viewer. We'll create a dynamic art installation using motors circuits, lights, sensors and sounds. No previous coding experience needed.

Non-member facility fee

Workspace Education is a member-driven, state-of-the-art co-learning facility. Non-members are charged a weekly facility fee.