Invention Basecamp

Learn how to turn your ideas into inventions with our Invention Basecamp skill-building workshops. Choose to focus on (1) Electronics & Coding, (2) Design & Engineering, or a combination of the two. These workshops are specifically for middle schoolers (grades 6 – 8).

Electronics & Coding

Introduction to electronics and computer programming using Arduino – a small but powerful microcontroller that is commonly used to build new technology. Students use written code to instruct the Arduino to read inputs (a switch, a motion sensor, a keyboard) and change that information into outputs (turning on a light, a motor, or an alarm). Students learn foundations in Arduino-powered computer programming, using written code to control electronic inputs and outputs.

VISIT 1: Electronics and Intro to Arduino
VISIT 2: Arduino Outputs
VISIT 3: Arduino Inputs

February 25, March 4 & March 11


Design & Engineering

Students learn a variety of essential design skills through the engineering process, practicing how to take their own idea from a concept to a physical object. Using industry-level materials and equipment, students build their ideas into functional inventions.

VISIT 1: Intro to Design and Woodshop
VISIT 2: Power Tools and Fabrication
VISIT 3: 3D Design

February 24, March 3 & March 10