Oh the Possibilities!

Here at MKR LAB we LOVE microcontrollers! These tiny but powerful devices can power a wide array of projects and they bring your code to life, making lights blink, buzzers sound, motors move … the possibilities are only limited by … Read More

Courses

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

At MKR LAB we specialize in creating engaging project-based classes for a range of age groups and learners. The following is a sample of some of the classes we have offered. While we currently are only teaching at Workspace Education, we are available to consult and help schools, PTOs/PTAs, Scouts, libraries, homeschool groups, and community organizations structure programs. 

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
  • Arduino
  • Java
Create & program a robot

Robotics

Robotics is a great entry to coding. Classes will be project-based using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, ESP and other microprocessors 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.

Drones

Build, program & fly!

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.

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.

3D Printing

Learn how to create your own 3D design. 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.

Professional Training

Looking to bring STEAM programs to your school, after school program, library, scouts or other group? We can help you develop personalized programs to help your students learn 21st century skills and engage in the design engineering process.

We also are available to help you design your physical space and to source the technology and machines that best fit your needs.

MKR LAB for your school, group or club

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

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!

$35
Register
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.

$25
Register
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. 

$35
Register
Sew a soft circuit plushie
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!

$35
Register

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.

Scary Clown, Hacked Halloween Decoration

Scary Clown was an old broken Halloween decoration, not so scary. Until Clark teamed up with our 8-year old to hack it. They installed a Raspberry Pi where his heart would be, added ultrasonic sensors so it could detect when … Read More