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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.

Capturing Great Digital Media: 2024 MAD IAP
Jan/17 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM

In this 2-hour course, students will learn best practices on capturing great photography with their smartphones or cameras for later use in their MIT portfolios. Adobe Photoshop will be introduced for post-processing stills.


Presented by MIT Project Manus and the Morningside Academy for Design

Taught by Conor McArdle, Video and Digital Content Specialist for MIT Project Manus

IAP: Intro to Bookbinding
Jan/23 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/25 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM

Learn about introductory methods of bookbinding in this 2-day workshop! In this course, we will learn how to make books using both Japanese stab binding and long stitch techniques, as well as get a general overview of common bookmaking practices. At the end of this, you will walk away with at least 2 books handmade by you! No previous bookbinding experience is needed, and all supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Please note: we will be working with leather for this workshop.

Laser Engraving Utensils Maker Social
Jan/18 Thu 11:00AM–01:00PM

Come join some laser engraving fun and add your name to a set of reusable bamboo utensils you can use across campus in place of single use plastics.  We will have lunch available for you to test your new utensils (after washing them first).

When: Thursday, January 18th from 11am-1pm
Where: Metropolis Makerspace – 6C-006B

Show up when you can – we’ll be running the lasers throughout the event and engraving until we run out of utensil sets or time

Factoid: Approximately 100 million plastic utensils are discarded in the US every day

no pre-registration required