Circuit Lab Philosophy
Engage with electronics as tools - not toys.
Electronics power our world more every day, and the people who can manipulate them will design our future. By learning to creatively engage with the electronics as tools, we bring our students the skills to interact fully with the modern world. And we make lots of fun projects along the way.
Circuit Lab programs give kids the opportunity to create devices by blending technical concepts with hands-on experimentation in a creative environment. We use the latest technologies including Arduino and Raspberry Pi to design smarter flashlights, race cars, musical instruments, games, and more. Each class session begins with a brief conceptual overview before launching into an interactive, hands-on activity.
Circuit Lab programs are a fun and creative way to give kids fluency and confidence in an increasingly necessary skill. We are excited to teach your kids the tools to design and create whatever they imagine!
Circuit Lab offers after school enrichment, summer day programs, special events, and homeschool classes for children ages 5 to 14. Our core curriculum is as follows:
Circuit Makers 101 For grades 1-3/Ages 6-8
Let’s get creative with electricity! In this junior version of our Hands-On Electronics class, students will gain experience with creating their own electronics; designing custom light-up greeting cards, electric games, mazes, and even musical instruments. Each class day consists of a circuitry lesson and a hands-on electronics project, using components like lights, buzzers, switches, motors, and sensors. Circuit Lab staff will make sure participants create a project that they can be proud of each day. Most class days include a take-home project.
Hands-On Electronics For grades 3-5/Ages 8-11
Tinker with electronics while learning the basics of computer programming. We begin by experimenting with the fundamentals of electronics and circuitry, and step up to projects where our class of young makers will design their own interactive and programmable devices. Participants use the latest tools including Arduino (for building interactive devices) and Raspberry Pi (for learning about computers and coding) to experiment with LEDs, resistors, motors, and programming. Each class day gives participants the chance to design a hands-on project with the guidance of skilled Circuit Lab instructors.
Scratch Programming For grades 2-5/Ages 7-11
Let’s write some code! In this class, we will use the Scratch programming language to build interactive animations, games, and more. Scratch has a user-friendly interface that provides the most fun and intuitive way to design and build custom computer programs. Through their projects in this class, participants will also develop logical thinking skills and an understanding of how computers work. No previous programming experience is necessary. At the end of the class, participants can keep copies of their programs to take home.
All About Robotics For grades 2-5/Ages 7-11
Understanding how computer programs work is a key skill for the STEM jobs of tomorrow. In this class we provide fun, hands-on instruction on what it means to write, debug, and execute computer programs. We will start low-tech, creating and running “human programs,” and work up to programming the popular Sphero robot, SPRK+. We will turn Sphero Robots into Magic 8 Balls, automated Red Light/Green Light games, Harry Potter Magic Wands, and more with the power of code!
App Inventors For grades 4-7/Ages 9-13
Want to know how the apps work on your phone or iPad? Or do you already have the next great app idea, and just need to know how to make it?
In this no-experience-required course course, we use MIT App Inventor software to make fun, creative apps for Android phones and tablets. Participants will learn both the programming and design aspects of creating great apps, and have the opportunity to build apps of their own design with the support of Circuit Lab instructors.
Creative Computing For grades 6-8/Ages 11-14
Get connected as we explore not just how to use computers, but how to make computers work for you. We will use the latest tools: Arduino (for building interactive devices) and Raspberry Pi (for learning about computers and coding) to design hands-on projects ranging from LED light shows to touchless musical instruments to wearable computers, all in the name of taking ideas and making them real. Participants have access to a comprehensive library of parts and equipment, and experienced instructors who can help them create the devices of their dreams.