Learning Tools That Spark the Imagination
Open Wire Lab (OWL) provides workshops and residencies for schools, MakerSpaces, libraries, and other educational venues in New England, New York and New Jersey. To those located outside of this region, we provide lesson ideas that incorporate our kits along with detailed assembly instructions.
Through our educational programs, students learn valuable 21st century STEAM skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. We have pre-designed projects available (like the LED bracelet below) or can design one specifically for your needs. Here are examples of past projects; click on each to learn more:
Open Wire Lab & Education
The idea for OWL was born in 2010 in a classroom of children trying to learn coding and frustrated by their attempts. Their instructor, Balam Soto, watched their halting progression and decided to try an experiment.
Though teaching technology at the time, Balam decided to incorporate the interactive technology he created for his new media artwork into the classroom. The result was immediate. Students who, only a short while before, were perplexed by coding, suddenly began developing their own simple programs. In the joy of this creative process, they forgot to be intimidated by technology.
Inspired by this experience, Balam decided to take the artistic installations that he created on a large scale and package them into creative projects that make technology more approachable. The result? Open Wire Lab electronic kits.
Contact us to find out how we can bring our engaging programs to your school, MakerSpace, library or other educational venue.