Welcome to Gadget Lab
Gadget Lab operates under the premise that the world is a giant laboratory of joy and learning. While we sometimes use 3D printers and computers, our main goal is to find the magic in ordinary things, then tear them apart and see how they work.
We go in as deeply as we safely can to explore objects that we use everyday but often take for granted. So how does that battery make electricity? And why does your ceiling fan spin? We answer questions like this in the Gadget Lab Academy workshops for kids, and in the Bread and Circuits series for adults.
While the core workshops are found in the Gadget Lab Academy and Gadget Lab Prep programs, we offer additional programming in sewn circuits, ukulele and amplifier making and more. We keep expanding what we do because we can’t help ourselves. The world is an even more glorious place when you take a deeper look inside.
Gadget Lab Academy Ages 9 and Up
Gadget Lab Academy offers three core workshop series that are not your typical robotics program. These workshops examine how every day objects work from the inside out. You learn how a battery creates electricity before you use one. You learn why a motor spins before you work with motors. You get the idea. The three core programs together are like a mini degree program – without the homework. In GadgetHeads we focus on the physical world of circuits and their components. In CodeHeads we learn about computer code and use it to make physical circuits come to life. In EngineHeads we learn about engines, gears, crankshafts and basic mechanical principles. A more detailed description of each program is below. For younger kids, we offer Gadget Lab Prep which offers carefully selected projects that involve the same concepts as those in explored in the Gadget Lab Academy but in a simpler format.
Click the links below for descriptions of our Gadget Lab Academy programs:
Gadget Lab Prep
Other Gadget Lab Workshops
Sewn Circuits Ukulele Making 2D Design in Vinyl