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.



Summer Camps: Robotics and Wearable Tech Epoch


Two-Week Projects for Ages 6-14, July 10-14 & July 17-21, 2pm-5pm.

Fee: $280 for 10 sessions.


In this project, we will use the Arduino to examine and decode signals from a remote control, and then use them to control a robot you build.


Have you ever seen clothing with built-in lights? This may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, electronic textiles or E-textiles really exist. In this project, you will build a light-up dance glove to put on your own light show at our culminating event.

Computer Science Mapped Common Core Learning Targets:

-Digital technologies knowledge and understanding.

-Investigate the main components of common digital systems, their basic functions and interactions.

-Investigate how data are transmitted and secured in wired, wireless mobile networks.

Technology: Arduino, Scratch, Gemma

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2017 Fall Program

Class 1: Electronic Instrument


Age 7-13. 1:30pm-4:30pm, Sundays, October 1 – November 19.

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. 1:30pm-4:30pm, Sundays.

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.