Wearables: Light-Up Bracelet Workshop

Grades 3-5

Sew a soft circuit plushie

Sew a Soft Circuit Plushie

Explore sewable circuits with conductive thread and LEDs in an e-textile circuit. Kids 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 some basic sewing stitches. REGISTER NOW!

Learn to Solder

Intro to Soldering

Learn basic soldering skills by building a mini lighthouse. Soldering is a way to permanently attach electrical components with melted metal. It’s secure, tidy and compact, making it the preferred way to connect peripherals to robots, wires to lights and to secure spliced wires. 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. REGISTER NOW!

Courses

Small classes emphasizing project-based learning, creativity and problem solving for students in grades K-12 and adults.

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electricity, circuitry, polarity, switches, buttons and more

Tinker & Experiment

Create with hands-on projects & challenges while exploring physics, electric circuits, pneumatics & more. You'll find introductory maker classes here without screen-time, plus more advanced topics. Students will get to experiment, make mistakes, trouble shoot and create their own designs and systems. Classes will foster problem solving, creative thinking, and develop basic skills that can be applied broadly.

Coding

Shift your digital experience from consumer to creator while developing relevant skills and logic. Learn in small classes with individual attention.

  • Scratch
  • Python
  • Java
Create & program a robot

Robotics

Robotics is a great entry to coding. Classes will be project-based using Raspberry Pi, Arduino and ESP micro processors as our platform. Learn how to integrate motors, sensors, microphones, lights and other peripherals. Students will import, modify and write code to run peripherals and integrate their functions. Classes will use real components for full customizability, no kits.

Glowing Pompom Crown Workshop

Wearables

Merge coding and circuits with textiles and accessories to create greater functionality, solve problems, or just look fabulous!. These project-based courses and workshops are also wildly fun!

Workshops

We offer a variety of single classes. Sample something new; join us for a specific project, an engineering challenge, or making wearables. These individual classes also are great activities for days off from school.

App Creation

Learn how to create your own app. Explore app-building languages, such as Swift, and platforms enabling you to make your designs and the functionality you want a reality.

Game Design

We're creating curriculum for game design and exploring Minecraft modding coding in Java & Python; PyGame for the Raspberry Pi, Unity and Unreal Engine 4 for virtual reality game development, the Godot Engine, and biometric game design.

Drones

Build, program & fly!

3D Printing

Learn how to create your own 3D design with OpenSCAD. The beauty of 3D printing is that you can print the exact item you need. But if you can't find a pre-made file, you have to design it first. Learn how.

Privacy & Online Security (Adults)

Individuals and small business owners will learn strategies to ensure their security online. Topics covered include VPNs, incognito browsers, cookies & ad-blocking, network sniffing, password security and more. Led by Clark Landis, co-founder and CTO of MKR LAB, whose professional experience includes building and securing web-based trading systems.

Events

Keep an eye here for special events.

Hackathons

Rube Goldberg challenges

Reverse engineering bashes

Sci Fi movie nights

Glowing wearables parties …

MKR LAB for your school, group or club

Is your school, scout troop, or club interested in STEAM programming? We can customize a workshop of course just for you.

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Glowing Pompom Crown Workshop

LED PomPom Crowns

LEDs, Wearables, Circuits & Fun

No power, no problem! The lights may be out, but this crew is glowing with LED headgear they made.

After tornados passed through Westchester and left most of our town without power, but the kids were good to proceed so we quickly secured a couple more battery-powered hot glue guns and had a great time with this crew.

 

Kids made circuits with LEDs, a battery holder and copper wire

While this isn’t the best photo, it gives you a sense of the basic elements of this project, before it was festooned with colorful pompoms. We would have preferred to use low-heat hot glue guns, but we had a power outage to contend with, so we used battery powered glue guns and they can get hot and burn little fingers. So an adult held the headband carefully and the student did the gluing. Our goal is to have the student participate fully from start to finish.

Step 1 was to glue the LEDs in place with all the anodes facing the same direction so they could be wired in parallel easily. We used a combination of blue, green, white and blinking LEDs, but learned that red and yellow LEDs are lower voltage and will make the other colors not function, so we didn’t use those.

If you look closely, you’ll see a black battery holder on the lower left end of the headband. That’s our power source. Two copper wires are soldered onto the battery holder. Students then wrapped the copper wire around the legs of the LEDs and once we confirmed that each circuit was wired properly (they all got it the first time – yay!) we encased the connections in hot glue. That’s what’s happening above.

Students combined big and small pompoms to decorate their crowns

Once the students made their circuits, it was time to get creative with pompoms! The best part was seeing how each student approached their project differently. Some were methodical, curating a limited color palate and placing each pompom precisely. Others went for a rambunctious riot of color! They all were perfect! And they learned a lot about circuits.

LED wearables

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