• Workshop
Invention and Design Lab Workshop

Note: This workshop requires a two-block commitment—3 & 4.

The online version of Choate’s popular Invention and Design Lab offers three weeks of guided projects that prompt young makers to get up off the couch, explore their surroundings with fresh eyes, and design and build new creations in the comfort of their own home!

This workshop introduces students to some of the fundamental concepts and methods of engineering as they progress through a series of increasingly sophisticated projects designed to help unlock their creative potential and build foundational skills.

Students learn basic Arduino programming as they use a combination of LED lights, buttons, buzzers, sensors, and motors to make interactive projects come to life.

Part engineering and part art, students expand their capacity to solve problems by applying mathematics and design thinking, as they practice the iterative processes of rapid prototyping and revision.

Note: A laptop or desktop computer with a USB 2.0 A port or connector (Mac/Windows not a Chromebook) is required. We recommend the computer is no older than four years. Each student will also need to purchase an Arduino Starter kit prior to the start of the program (information on which kit to order will be provided by the IDL faculty). No other advanced materials are needed, but a list of recommended supplies will be sent out prior to the start of the course (scissors, glue, rubber bands, scrap cardboard, popsicle sticks, etc).

  • 3-week
  • Block 3
  • Block 4
  • Middle School
  • Sessions I & II
  • Workshop

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