Morningside Academy for Design

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Advanced Blinking Lights
Jan/17 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/24 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM


Who doesn’t love colorful blinking lights? In this 2 session workshop we will look at how Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) work, how to connect and power them, and a variety of ways to control and animate them. Whether you’re looking for a simple indicator light or an art display with 100s of LEDs, this workshop will get you started. Students will be introduced to microcontrollers and CircuitPython, but no prior electronics or programming experience is required.  You will, however, need to bring a laptop.


This is a 2 session workshop, plan to attend both dates. Enrollment is limited and registration is required.

An Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT)
Jan/18 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/25 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM


In this 2 session course, learn the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and build an Internet-enabled environmental sensor with a web dashboard. No prior programming or electronics experience is required, but you will need to bring a laptop.

The course will cover the following:

  • Basics of IoT: what it is, how is it used, and security and privacy concerns.
  • Using Adafruit IO: Adafruit IO is a platform for IoT projects used to communicate, store data, and display dashboards.
  • An Introduction to CircuitPython: CircuitPython is a version of the popular Python programming language designed for use on microcontrollers.
  • An Introduction to Microcontrollers and I2C: The course will be using an Adafruit Feather microcontroller and a sensor connected via the Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) protocol, enabling fast solder-free prototyping.

This is a 2 session workshop, please plan to attend both sessions. Enrollment is limited and registration is required.

Make a Shop Apron
Jan/09 Tue 02:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/10 Wed 02:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/16 Tue 02:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/17 Wed 02:00PM–05:00PM

Come make your own personalized shop apron. Whether you're machining steel, mixing chemicals, or working on a new baking recipe, keep your clothes clean and create in style. Students will be able to make an apron sized exactly to them, with pockets and loops designed specifically to hold their favorite tools. Aprons will be made from waxed canvas, a traditional waterproof material used by explorers and sailors for hundreds of years. Students will learn the basics of cutting and sewing a pattern, as well as how to add reinforcing rivets and buckles to a softgoods project.

Portfolio Tools Office Hours
Jan/09 Tue 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/16 Tue 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/23 Tue 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/30 Tue 02:00PM–04:00PM

Looking for assistance with portfolio creation and hosting tools like Adobe Portfolio, Cargo, and Github Pages?  Morningside Academy for Design staff will be available to help with your questions in person or via Zoom.

Also available on Zoom, MIT Touchstone authentication required.