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UW Youth & Teen Programs

STEAM Innovation Lab: Circuitry & Coding 

Build and create in this foundational STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) course designed for young artists, engineers and anyone who likes to tinker. Dive into coding and robotics with the Sphero Mini, a robot with programmable sensors and an LED matrix. Gain hands-on experience with block coding and JavaScript, and build valuable computational thinking and coding skills — all while taking on creative challenges. Design paper circuits that light up and develop STEAM skills through imaginative problem-solving in this course for young makers.

What You’ll Learn

  • Foundations of electrical circuits, coding and robotics 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills used in the design process 
  • How to collaborate with peers to share ideas, tackle challenges and learn from one another

Who Should Register

This course is for fourth and fifth graders who want to learn foundational design and engineering concepts.  

We offer this course multiple times each year to meet student demand. If you’ve previously enrolled in this course, you should find a different course to take.


Caitlin Chamberlin

More Information

This remote course is taught via Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Activities are held both synchronously and asynchronously. To participate, you need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, a headset and webcam.

We’ll provide supplies and will mail them to you prior to the start of the course. You should have access to general supplies at home (school glue, glue stick, scissors, ruler, etc.). Note: We cannot ship supplies internationally.

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, refunds, waitlists and more. 


Jan 2–Mar 7, 2024

Tue, Thu
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Dec 12, 2023