Whether they’re in person or virtual, guided by Red Hat or independent educators, Co.Lab workshops have a unified purpose: to teach students how to collaborate to solve problems, and to share their knowledge with others as contributions. Empowering teachers and parents by letting them host workshops of their own also furthers Red Hat’s mission to be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way.
Build your own Co.Lab workshop
Creating your own Co.Lab workshop is a unique way to teach kids the immense power of working together to solve a problem using open source hardware—and it doesn’t take much planning on your part. With our do-it-yourself kits and a set of guidelines, you can quickly build an interactive event that empowers students to learn, create, and share their knowledge with others.Get started with a Co.Lab kit
Tips for planning your workshop
Hosting a workshop is simple. With each kit, you’ll get an overview of the project, set of instructions, various checklists, and a how-to video with experiments to guide you through it yourself. Then, once you’ve built and tested it, you can lead others through the process. Just use this handy checklist to get started.
- Choose and purchase your kit on SparkFun here.
- Determine a time and date for your workshop.
- Send invitations to parents of students
(between 10 and 12 students per workshop is best).
- Order kits at least 2 weeks before the workshop.
- Follow the video or written tutorial that accompanies the kit.
- Host your workshop to help empower the next generation of open source leaders.
Did you know? Red Hat also hosts workshops.
In fact, Co.Lab started with a multi-day event in 2017 in Boston, where participants built and programmed Raspberry Pi digital cameras—and then took those cameras around the city to capture images that represented lines of a poem. We’ve traveled across the globe since then—from New York to Colorado, Minneapolis to Madrid, and London to Buenos Aires—hosting workshops that show students the amazing things that can happen when people work together to solve problems.
Where we've been
Brno, Czech Republic
Buenos Aires, Argentina
New York, NY
See more Co.Lab experiences
Since the program started, Co.Lab has reached students across the globe, demonstrating the power of collaboration through open source. Here’s a sampling of recent workshops.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Students throughout the U.S. built a light-up greeting card using copper tape, LEDs, and a coin cell battery during the annual day of service, and received an extra LED card to share what they learned with others.
Madrid, Spain virtual workshop
Female students from the I.E.S. Adolfo Suárez public school programmed and built a robotic vehicle using collaboration and open technology.
Minneapolis interactive workshop
The in-person workshop let Franklin Middle School students build paper circuitry and special effects with copper tape and microcontrollers to bring a story by author Lauren Sabel to life using light, sound, motion, and art.See photos from past workshops
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