Workshops

Current Workshop Offerings in Electronics

Our workshops teach college-level concepts through unique project-based lessons. Each workshop focuses on a specially designed project that is mapped to fundamental STEAM concepts and standards. Our students gain practical and applicable knowledge and skills using industry-standard protocols, tools, and materials.

Take one of our workshops to explore and prepare for the career of your dreams, to improve your ability to innovate, create, and/or fix various things, or to expand your bag o’ tricks!

Just getting started? Awesome! Check out our Level 0 workshops. If you’ve had some experience building things, take a look at our Level 1 & 2 workshops.

Please contact us to schedule a workshop.

Level 0

Unsure what electricity is or how a circuit works? Come take a Level 0 workshop! These are designed for absolute beginners (and kids ages 5 – 10).  Here are our current workshop offerings:

1 – Robot Mini Golf

Design and build a Brush Bot to tackle obstacles and earn points! Use your creativity while learning and implementing the basics of circuits, electronics, and design thinking.

What you’ll learn:

  • What electricity is and how it works;
  • How to build a circuit using wires;
  • How to use and build with motors;
  • Basic terms like current, voltage, and resistance;
  • Design Thinking.

Length: 2 hours

Ages: 6 and up

Cost: $35 per student

Currently offering at the following locations:

1. Living Computers: Museum & Labs

Please note that LCM+L subsidizes these workshops — they are $18 for non-members and $6 for LCM+L members!

Address:  2245 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Dates: These workshops occur monthly. Please check their website for dates and advance registration (highly suggested, these fill up quick!).

2 – Paper Circuits: Make a Light-Up Card OR a Mini Lamp!

Light-up cards make the world a brighter place! In this workshop, learn the basics of circuits and make a custom, light-up card for yourself or a loved one! You’ll gain practical skills and knowledge in STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics) fields through project-based learning. Plus, you’ll leave with extra materials to make another card at home or to teach a friend!

What you’ll learn:

  • What electricity is and how it works;
  • How to build a circuit using copper tape;
  • How to use and build with LEDs;
  • Basic terms like power, energy, current, voltage, and resistance;
  • Design Thinking.

Length: 2 hrs

Ages: 6 and up

Cost: $45 per student

Currently offering at the following locations:

1. Push/Pull Artist Collective 

Address: 5484 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107

Dates:

 

3 – Take-Apart Tinkering

What you’ll learn:

  • What electronics are and what they are made of;
  • How to use basic tools like screwdrivers, pliers, and multimeters;
  • Names and functions of basic circuit components;
  • How to reuse and recycle electronics and electronic components.

Work with tools and discover the many little electrical components that make up our everyday items. Take apart that old, dusty telephone, learn how to distinguish capacitors from resistors, and keep all the pieces you want! From the wreckage, we’ll harvest wires, circuit boards, and buttons to create our own up-cycled creations—and learn where to recycle the rest without harming others or our environment.

Length: 2 hours

Ages: 5 and up

Cost: $30 per student

Level 1

What in the world is Arduino? How is a microcontroller different from a computer?? Our Level 1 workshops cover these topics and more! This series is designed for beginners and kids ages 10 and up, or kids who have experience with electronics and microcontrollers.

1 – Micro:Bit & Radio Communication

Build your own interactive project and learn the basics of microcontrollers, radio communication, and electronic sensors! We’ll use the Micro:Bit microcontroller, a simple block-based programming language on the Microsoft Make Code website, and lots and lots of cardboard. Through project-based learning, you’ll leave with the skills and experience to tackle your own wild ideas at home!

If you’re asking “What’s a microcontroller?”, this workshop is perfect for you!

What you’ll learn:

  • What a Micro:Bit microcontroller is and what it does;
  • Block-based programming;
  • What servo motors are and how to connect and program them;
  • Simple mechanical mechanisms;
  • Design Thinking.

Ages: 10 and up

Cost: $60 per student

 

2 – Build a Simple (Arduino) Theremin!

Use an Arduino microcontroller to explore hardware programming and build a theremin*! We’ll explore a variety of basic circuit components like LEDs and light sensors, then combine our knowledge to make and customize a simple theremin.

What you’ll learn:

  • What an Arduino microcontroller is and what it does;
  • Basic Arduino programming (based on C++ and processing languages);
  • Names and functions of basic components;
  • How to use a breadboard;
  • How to build simple circuits.

Ages: 10 and up

Cost: $60 per student

*A theremin is an electronic instrument that changes sounds based on how you wave your hands around it. The version in this workshop uses a light sensor called a photoresistor.


Other Events

Reoccurring Drop-In Activities:

  • Office Hours at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs
    • Thursdays from 3 – 5 PM.


Contact us to set up a workshop!