Circuits Circus w/After Care

Jan 17 - Jan 31

Time: 3:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Starts: January 17, 2018 - January 31, 2018

Instruction and After Care: $185  Materials: $15  Snack: $10 Total: $200
For Ages 9-13

You’ll use switches, push buttons, LEDs and a  motion sensor to make a super cool switch box that employs all kinds of circuits.  You’ll learn how each of these components work and will solder and  mount them into a beautiful recycled cigar box.   The circuits work like a puzzle. You’ll need to turn them on in the right combination to turn on all the lights.

Cornell trained engineer Rustom Meyer and local artist/maker Monica Tinker will teach this five session workshop.  Monica and Rustom are fantastic educators who share a passion for teaching and tinkering, and yes, Monica’s last name really is Tinker.
This workshop will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:30.   There is a three child minimum for the workshop (plus after care)  so grab some friends and make it a party. We’ll start with a snack  then will move on to making cool stuff.  The kids will have about 30 minutes at the end of the day to read, do homework or use the awesome stuff I’ve got in the Lab. This is a pilot program of after school programming that Gadget Lab will combine with after care starting in February.  These workshops will allow busy families to provide high quality enrichment with high quality after school care.

This workshop is open to all local kids and will include a pickup from Highland View Elementary School.  Oakview and Sligo Creek Elementary  both provide bus service to Highland View elementary.  (The Sligo Creek is a Magnet bus and might only be available to Magnet students – I’m in the process of working this out).  

In this workshop kids will learn:

  • How to Splice and Solder Circuits
  • How components like buttons and switches work from the inside out
  • How to safely use  a power drill
  • How to build circuits from circuit diagram
  • Different types of circuit (parallel vs. series).

About the Instructors:

Rustom Meyer is an engineer, an entrepreneur, an educator, a craftsperson, an inventor, and a relentless optimizer. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude, and a Masters of Engineering in Biological and Environmental Engineering (also from Cornell). He holds a Professional Engineer’s license in Environmental Engineering.  For his whole life, Rustom has had a deep and abiding need to work with his hands, a need he has satisfied over the years by making toys, ceramics, jewelry, lamps, solar power systems, and flashlights (among other things). His ‘hands-on’ skills include soldering, welding, laser cutting, 3D printing, circuit diagnostics, screen printing, bicycle maintenance, powder coating, construction, plumbing, and wild plant identification/foraging.

He taught craft and technology to students of all ages at Techshop DC-Arlington for nearly four years. Additionally he has taught the same subjects to a younger audience at many summer camps, Maker Faires, and after school programs.


Monica Tinker  I thought I had the world’s best last name until I met Monica Tinker. While she wasn’t born with the name, she has been an artist and tinkerer all her life.  She was born in South Africa to first generation Dutch parents who made self learning, discovery, and connection to the larger community a family affair. Monica continued those pursuits with a degree in fine arts and years of teaching in Montessori schools and in her own summer camps.  She is always looking to learn and explore something new.  Her passions for creating include jewelry making, 2 and 3 dimensional art, installation art and even tearing down and rebuilding her own house.  Every time I talk to Monica I see the world in a different light. I’m thrilled to have her at the Lab and look forward to more collaboration with her and with other local artists and makers.

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