Workshops

Current Workshops

1 - Design Thinking, or How to Build F***ing Anything!

Remember that idea you’ve had for years but never knew how to make a reality? Or just confused and want to learn how to improve your problem solving? Check out courses in this Design Thinking workshop, which will teach you how to tackle pretty much any problem you might come across. We’ll also cover materials sourcing for the MacGuyver in all of us.

Our Design Thinking workshops cover the fundamentals of design: how to identify a problem and an appropriate solution, how to kickstart innovation and creativity, and how to iterate through your prototyping process to hone in your desired product.

Each course focuses on a specific hands-on project that requires application of the design thinking process. In combination with a brief introductory discussion, participants will improve their ability to design, prototype, and problem solve. Every project has a particular design challenge, and the winner of the design challenge will walk away with a special prize!

A. Brush Bots in: Robot Mini Golf!IMG_9104

In this awesome workshop, you’ll design and build a Brush Bot – a minimalistic lil’ bot made from the components found in an electric toothbrush. Use your creativity while learning implementing the basics of mechanical design and electronic prototyping. Build and update your bot to compete in a mini-golf style obstacle course.

This 90-min. prototyping workshop is great for robot/technology enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds (no technical experience required whatsoever).

B. Biomimicry: Using Nature as Inspiration

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Nature inspires countless human innovations, from airplane wings to Velcro to camera lenses. Discover how to recognize, observe, and analyze natural processes and systems to solve fundamental design and engineering challenges. Apply the designing thinking process and use biomimcry techniques to learn and utilize the design thinking process to invent and build a game that incorporates natural materials!

A 2-hr innovation workshop open to all ages and interests.

 

 

2 - Electronics 101

Learn about the magic of electricity: what it is, how it works, and, most importantly, how you can wield it to do different kinds of work!

The first half of this course covers the basics of electricity and simple circuits, including how to calculate basic circuit parameters like voltage, current and resistance. The second half involves building a series of simple circuits, with participants discovering how to light up two LEDs using knowledge gained in the first half of the course.

This technical workshop is designed for beginners of all ages.

3 - Take-Apart Tinkering

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.

This 2-hour exploratory workshop is design for kids and teens, adults always welcome!


Upcoming Events & Workshops!

  • Reoccurring Drop-In Activities:
    • Office Hours at the Living Computer Museum & Labs
      • Thursdays from 3 - 5 PM.
    • Maker in Residence at the Pacific Science Center
      • Fridays from 1 - 4 PM.
  • March 21 (6 - 7:30 PM): Ladies Tech Workshop: Paper Circuits!
  • March 22 (3 - 5 PM): Robot Mini Golf!
    • Dismantle an electric toothbrush, build a robot, and compete in an obstacle course!
    • Location: Living Computer Museum & Labs
      • 2245 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
    • $12 admission, FREE for members! 
  • April 2 (2 - 3:30 PM): Paper Circuits!
    • Discover the wonderful world of circuits and craft a lovely light-up card for yourself or a loved one.
    • Location: Push/Pull Artist Collective
      • 5484 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    • Cost: $75 per person

 


Contact us to set up a workshop!