Hands-On Electronics and App Inventors
Tinker with electronics while learning the basics of computer programming. We begin by experimenting with the fundamentals of electronics and circuitry, and step up to projects where our class of young makers will design their own interactive and programmable devices. Participants use the latest tools including Arduino (for building interactive devices) and Raspberry Pi (for learning about computers and coding) to experiment with LEDs, resistors, motors, and programming. Each class day gives participants the chance to design a hands-on project with the guidance of skilled Circuit Lab instructors. Hands-On Electronics and App Inventors may be combined for a discounted full-day program, with lunchtime supervision provided. Save $20 when registering for both.
Want to know how the apps work on your phone or iPad? Or do you already have the next great app idea, and just need to know how to make it? In this no-experience-required course, we use MIT App Inventor software to make fun, creative apps for Android phones and tablets. We will also explore wireless communication by building custom bluetooth hardware controllers and readouts for our apps. Participants will learn both the programming and design aspects of creating great apps, and have the opportunity to build apps of their own with the support of Circuit Lab instructors. Hands-On Electronics and App Inventors may be combined for a discounted full-day program, with lunchtime supervision provided. Save $20 when registering for both.
About the Instructor
Circuit Lab is a small Boston-based company, started in 2015, that runs programs to teach children about circuitry (electrical engineering) and programming (computer science) through creative, hands-on projects. Our programs give kids the opportunity to engage with electronics as tools - not toys - and design their own devices by blending technical concepts with hands-on experimentation. It’s a creative and fun way to give kids fluency and confidence in an increasingly necessary skill.
Location: Center School, 11 Ash St. - Gym
Dates: August 16-20
AM Session: 9:00am-12:00pm
PM Session: 12:45-3:45pm
Cost: $189.00 per session or $358.00 for both
If you withdraw from a program at anytime prior to two weeks before the program start date, you will receive an account credit good towards other Parks and Recreation programs. Account credits do not expire. Account credit will not be issued if the cancellation takes places within two weeks of the program start date. Cancellations due to a medical emergency will have the option to receive an account credit or a refund at anytime with proper medical documentation. If a program is cancelled by Parks and Recreation, you will have the option to receive an account credit or a refund for that program.