Tinker Lab

The Tinker Lab is the key educational program at Lewis H. Latimer House Museum to serve high-quality, innovative hands-on activities treating science and technology as an integral part of the humanities. In the Tinker Lab, participants use an array of technologies such as Scratch, Ev3, and Wedo, and build from scratch using various micro-controllers, proto boards, and coding programs. The museum sees the drive to build in three-dimensional spaces and coding as an invaluable 21st century literacy skillset.

Watch an video of example activities in tinkering and students telling the story of Lewis H. Latimer.



2017 Fall Program

Class 1: Electronic Instrument


Age 7-13. 1:30pm-4:30pm, Sundays, October 8 – December 3. (No class on November 26.)

Eight-week project. Participants will explore electricity, circuitry, and programming, using a micro-controller named Makey Makey. In addition to creative exercises participants will work in groups to create and program a set of electronic instruments and will play them at the culminating event.

Fee: $240 for 8 weeks.

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Class 2: Biologically-Inspired Robot


Age 7-13. 3 hours on Saturdays.

Participants will create a biologically-inspired robot by observing nature, designing mechanical systems for the robots,  building and programming the robots to move.

Fee: $240 for 8 weeks.

Registration for this class will be open for Spring 2018 soon.


2018 Summer Camp:

Two-Week STEAM Projects for Ages 6-14, 9am-12pm.

Fee: $280 for 10 sessions.

Details and Registration will be available in Spring 2018.