Gadget Lab After School

For Ages 9-13

ArduBlock Programming

Gadget Lab is offering a new workshop series that will help busy families by providing quality after school programming with extended care until 6:30pm.  We will pickup kids from Highland View Elementary where we can also meet kids from Oakview elementary and Sligo Creek elementary (which have buses that drop off at Highland View).  Middle school buses stop nearby in the neighborhood and parents and caregivers are welcome to drop off their children directly.

In February we’re launching the first two month session that will include CodeHeads Prep on Mondays and Wednesdays and GadgetHeads on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each workshop meets twice a week for seven weeks starting at 3:45 and ending at 6:30.  We’ll start with snack and some down time until everyone arrives.  The actual workshops will run about 75 minutes leaving time for reading, homework or just messing with the 3D printers and other cool stuff we keep at the Lab.

You can find out more about each workshop by clicking the links above.  The instructors for Gadget Lab After School are:

Rustom Meyer, Instructor

MandRRustom 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. Rustom has worked in environmental consulting, and presently run his own solar lighting and power business (Yeti Solar) selling kits of his own design and manufacture. For his whole life, Rustom has had a deep and abiding need to work with his hands. Rustom has satisfied that need 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 has taught craft and technology to students of all ages at Techshop DC-Arlington for over a year. Additionally he has taught the same subjects to a younger audience at four summer camps, six Maker Faires and dozens of after school programs.


Monica Tinker

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.