Events

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Courses

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

We are constantly developing curriculum and offerings. Be the first to know about new classes: sign our mailing list!

If you see a class you like but it’s not running, leave us a message and we’ll see if we can schedule it. We’re just launching, so stop by again to see what’s new.

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.

View Calendar of Upcoming Classes, Workshops & Events
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

MKR LAB in the News!

The Lewisboro Hamlet Hub wrote about MKR LAB. It’s so exciting that people are finding us here in Northern Westchester.

“MKR LAB Inc. announced several workshops for May and June to introduce students in grades K-12 to electricity and circuits, soldering and more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) fields. The new business hopes to build a maker space once it completes the zoning process and can occupy its own space in Lewisboro. In the meantime, MKR LAB is offering classes at the new DayDreamer Studio in the Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River.”

Read the full article here.

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INSPIRING STEAM CREATORS

Learn coding, robotics, game design, graphic design, engineering, web design and more!

Welcome to MKR LAB, a new makerspace in Northern Westchester

MKR LAB offers science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) classes & workshops. Our goal is to give students the tools they need to unlock their creativity in designing the tech they want to see, enabling them to be creators, not mere consumers. We explore coding, robotics, engineering, physics, electricity and circuitry, graphic design, game design and much more.

MKR LAB Now Open @ Lewisboro Elementary This September

Our new on-going programs for elementary, middle and high school students are up and we have workshops on the schedule for days school is closed. All classes and workshops can be found on our calendar. Mondays and Thursdays we'll also have Open Lab time from 3 - 3:30 pm. JJMS students can take the bus (#18) straight from school and join us then to work on individual projects, tinker, or get some homework done. Or they can help us test out new products and experiments. There's no charge for this Open Lab time. JJHS students also can take bus #18 straight to MKR LAB at LES. Increase Miller students also can take the bus (#7) right to our maker space.

Student-Centered Approach

Our age and grade guidelines are just that: guidelines. As parents with 3 kids of our own, we know first-hand that kids don't all grow and mature at the same rate. We also know that interest and determination are big motivators, and so we are flexible. If you're unsure whether a class will be a good fit, contact us and we'll help you out

Build it From Scratch

One of our goals is to unleash students' creativity. To maximize that, we like to use widely available components and open source languages whenever possible. Students learn how every single component works and how to incorporate it into projects. We give them the tools they need to build whatever they can imagine.

Engineering Design Process = Grit

We look for opportunities to engage students in the engineering design process. Students are excited to use their creativity and are invested in the outcome when they do. We emphasize iteration: testing out a design, observing what works and where we can improve, then redesign, test and repeat. This develops grit, perseverance, and the self confidence that comes with knowing you can achieve your goals.

College-Level Content

In our classes using the Raspberry Pi, microcontrollers, including Arduino, and our IOT (Internet of Things) workshops, students will be doing projects often done at colleges. We will push the limits of what can be done with microcontrollers and students who are ready can edit code to maximize functions or they can simply modify the physical design. They can code with object-oriented techniques or simply make LEDs flash. It depends on student interest and ability. We can meet students where they are. These classes are designed to complement local schools' AP Computer Science and Robotics classes. And yes, we open them up to middle schoolers too because we know they can do the work.

All Materials Provided

We have everything you'll need in class: the brand new Raspberry Pi 3 B+, microcontrollers, ultrasonic sensors, connectors, cables, motors, relays, micro SD cards, servos ... Just bring your curiosity!

ABOUT US

Clark Landis has developed derivatives trading systems for banks and other financial institutions. He has a passion for programming and pushing technical boundaries. Clark holds an MS in computer science from Columbia University, an MS in physics from Yale, and a BA in physics and math from Columbia University. Sarah Landis is the head trader of private hedge fund specializing in the volatility markets. She also is a certified yoga teacher, one-time webmaster and lifelong maker. We have 3 children together.

QUESTIONS?

Have a question or suggestion? Is there a specific class you want to see? We want to know! We're also available to bring STEAM projects to local groups. Type "mailing list" in the Question/Comment section below and we'll add you to our mailing list.