Maker & Tech

Bring your students to a half-day, full-day, or series workshop in LSC's MakerLab or Tech & Design Studio.

Our workshops in the MakerLab celebrate and encourage the creative, curious, and inventive spirits that all students have. The maker culture is at the heart of this lab with a 1:1 student-to-3D printer ratio, so every student works with a designated printer in our programs.

In the Tech & Design Studio, students will learn the latest technology skills. Each student works on an individual laptop in these programs that apply computational thinking and design principles to identify solutions or create dynamic projects.

Programs must be booked in advance. Please call 201.253.1310, email groups@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.

Grades Pre-K – 2

Rolling Robots with Sphero (45 minutes)

Inspire the innovators of the future with Sphero. In this program we cover the basics of coding a robot to navigate an obstacle course. Team up with a partner and develop a method to program your Sphero Bolt to navigate the maze in the least amount of time! How will your bot find its way through? NJCCCS: Technology 8.1.2.A.4; ISTE: 4C


Grades 3 – 5

Digital Art Studio (45 minutes)

This intuitive S.T.E.A.M. toolset demonstrates how technology and art intersect. Explore color theory, lighting, and animation to create digital art or animation. NJSLS (Science): 3-5 ETS1-3; NJCCCS: Technology 8.2.5.C.4; ISTE 1d, 2c, 4a, 4c, 4d, 6b;

Intro to Game Design (90 minutes)

Design custom characters with animations and behaviors by completing a crash course in Stencyl. This platform sets a foundation of computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. NJSLS (Science): 3-5-ETS1-3; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.1.5.A.1,8.1.5.D., 8.2.5.D.2, 8.2.5.E.3; ISTE:1c, 6b, 6d

The Game of Life: Understanding Ecology through Game Design (90 minutes)

Explore ecosystems, food chains, and more in a whole new way. In this program, students will build and play games using the Bloxels platform to investigate concepts in ecology. ISTE: 1d, 4b, 4c, 6b; NJSLS (Science): 5-LS2-1; NJCCCS:Technology: 8.1.5.A.1, 8.2.5.C.1; ISTE: 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 7c

Sphero Rovers: Mission to Mars! (90 minutes)

Can you create the next Mars rover design? In this program, use your engineering and design skills to create a Sphero-driven rover that can carry a payload across our simulated Mars surface. Once you have designed your rover, jump into the driver’s seat and code your way through the tricky terrain! NJCCCS: Technology: 8.1.5.A.1, 8.1.5.F.1, 8.2.5.C.7; ISTE: 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 7c

Digital Art Studio (90 minutes)

Explore color theory, lighting, and animation to create digital art or animation. This intuitive S.T.E.A.M. toolset is limited only by your imagination. NJSLS (Science): 3-5 ETS1-3; NJCCCS: Technology 8.2.5.C.4; ISTE 1d, 2c, 4a, 4c, 4d, 6b;


Grades 6 – 8

Intro to Tinkercad (45 minutes)

Engage in online digital creation of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Using our Monoprice Mini Select printers, print a personal design that’s yours to keep. NJSLS : MS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.1.8.D.3, 8.2.8.E.1; ISTE 6b, c;

Leather and Lasers (45 minutes)

This class covers the process of leather working and lasers. Each student will get a laser-cut piece of leather then learn to perform real leather-working on it and take it home. NJSLS: MS-PS1-3; ISTE: 4C

Digital Art Studio (45 minutes)

Explore color theory, lighting, and animation to create digital art or animation with this intuitive S.T.E.A.M. toolset. NJSLS: MS-ETS1-2; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.8.E.1; ISTE 1d, 2c, 4a, 4c,4d, 6b

Arduino Circuits (45 minutes)

Learn about circuitry and how to code for Arduino. This microcontroller is great for beginners but flexible enough to provide additional challenges for more knowledgeable students. NJSLS (Science): MS-ETS1-2; NJCCCS:Technology: 8.2.8.E.1, 8.2.8.E.2; ISTE 1c,1d, 4a,4b, 4c, 4d, 5d, 6b, 7c 7d

Program, Aim, Fire (45 minutes)

Plan, test, and automate your high-flying ideas using a programmable catapult. Are you up to the challenge? NJSLS MS-PS2-1,MS-ETS1-2; NJCCCS:Technology: 8.2.8.A.1, 8.2.8.C.6, 8.2.8.D.3; ISTE:1.b

Aviation: From Paper Airplanes to Drones (90 minutes)

This is drone training 101. Learn basic concepts of flight and apply this knowledge through hands-on experiences like using flight experiments and flying micro pocket drones. NJSLS: MS-PS2-1; ISTE: 1c

Mars Terraforming (90 minutes)

Can humans overcome Mars’s harsh environment and live there one day? Design a habitat for life on Mars based on a topographic map which resembles a real Martian location, then 3D print a model of your Martian home. NJSLS: MS-LS2-3; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.8.D.2; ISTE 6b, c

Intro to Tinkercad (90 minutes)

Engage in online digital creations of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Then, using our Monoprice Mini Select printers, print a personal design that’s yours to keep. NJSLS : MS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.1.8.D.3, 8.2.8.E.1: ISTE 6b, c

Bridge Engineering: Engineering & Design Challenge (90 minutes

Your group will be engaged in advanced 3D design of bridges with Autodesk Tinkercad. Learn to work in collaborative groups to solve complex problems using 3D printers. NJSLS: MS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS:Technology 8.2.8.D.3

Fish Evolution: Engineering & Design Challenge (90 minutes)

Your group will be engaged in advanced 3D design of a fish’s body with Autodesk Tinkercad. Learn to work in collaborative groups to solve complex problems using 3D printers. NJSLS: MS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS:Technology 8.2.8.D.3

Derby Car Racing: Engineering & Design Challenge (90 minutes)

Your group will be engaged in advanced 3D design of a derby racer with Autodesk Tinkercad. Learn to work in collaborative groups to solve complex problems using 3D printers. NJSLS: MS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS:Technology 8.2.8.D.3

Virtual Reality and Your Brain (90 minutes)

Ever want to know what it would be like to stand on an I-beam a few hundred feet in the air without safety gear? Through the use of the HTC Vive and other tools, students will learn how their brain perceives reality and why VR is such an immersive technology. NJSLS: MS- LS1-8; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.8.B.2, 8.2.8.E.2; ISTE 6C

Intro to Game Design (90 minutes)

Design custom characters with animations and behaviors by completing a crash course in Stencyl. This intuitive toolset is limited only by your creativity. This platform sets a foundation of computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. NJSLS (Science): MS-ETS1-2; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.8.E.1, 8.2.8.C.1

Digital Art Studio (90 minutes)

Explore color theory, lighting, and animation to create digital art or animation with this intuitive S.T.E.A.M. toolset. NJSLS:MS-ETS1-3; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.8.E.1; ISTE 1d, 2c, 4a, 4c, 4d, 6b

Arduino Circuits (90 minutes)

Learn about circuitry and how to code for Arduino. This microcontroller is great for beginners but flexible enough to provide additional challenges for more knowledgeable students. NJSLS (Science): MS-ETS1-2; NJCCCS:Technology: 8.2.8.E.1, 8.2.8.E.2; ISTE 1c,1d, 4a,4b, 4c, 4d, 5d, 6b, 7c 7d

Program, Aim, Fire (90 minutes)

Plan, test, and automate your high-flying ideas using a programmable catapult. Identify possible solutions to operational constraints then, through the use of the engineering design process, improve the accuracy and distance. Are you up to the challenge? NJSLS: MS-PS2-1, MS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.8.A.1, 8.2.8.C.6, 8.2.8.D.3; ISTE:1.b

Intro to Robotics Coding with Sphero

Want to see your code come to life? In this program we cover the basics of coding a robot to navigate an obstacle course. Team up with a partner and develop a method to program your Sphero Bolt to navigate a maze in the least amount of time! How will your bot find its way through? NJSLS: MS-ETS1-1; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.1.8.A.3, 8.2.8.C.1


Grades 9 – 12

Aviation: From Paper Airplanes to Drones (90 minutes)

This is drone training 101. Learn basic concepts of flight and apply this knowledge through hands-on experiences like using flight experiments and micro pocket drones. NJSLS: HS-PS2-1, HS-PS2-2; ISTE: 1c

Virtual Reality and Your Brain (90 minutes)

Ever want to know what it would be like to stand on an I-beam a few hundred feet in the air without safety gear? Using HTC Vive and other tools, students will learn how their brain perceives reality and why VR is such an immersive technology. NJSLS: HS-LS1-3; ISTE 6C

Mars Terraforming (90 minutes)

Can humans overcome Mars’s harsh environment and live there one day? Design a habitat for life on Mars based on a topographic map which resembles a real Martian location, then 3D print a model of your Martian home. NJSLS:HS-ESS3-2; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.12.A.1; ISTE 6b,c

Intro to Tinkercad (90 minutes)

Engage in online digital creations of 3D models and learn how to create intricate pieces designed for 3D printing using Autodesk Tinkercad. Then use our Monoprice Mini Select printers to print a personal design that’s yours to keep. NJSLS:HS-ETS1-2; NJCCS:Technology:8.2.12.D.3; ISTE 6b,c

Bridge Engineering: Engineering & Design Challenge (90 minutes)

Your group will be engaged in advanced 3D design of bridges with Autodesk Tinkercad. Learn to work in collaborative groups to solve complex problems using 3D printers. NJSLS: HS-ETS-4; NJCCCS:Technology 8.2.12.C.5, 52 8.2.12.D.1

Fish Evolution: Engineering & Design Challenge (90 minutes)

Your group will be engaged in advanced 3D design of a fish’s body with Autodesk Tinkercad. Learn to work in collaborative groups to solve complex problems using 3D printers. NJSLS: HS-LS4-2; NJCCCS:Technology 8.2.12.C.5, 8.2.12.D.1C

Derby Car Racing: Engineering & Design Challenge (90 minutes)

Your group will be engaged in advanced 3D design of a derby racer with Autodesk Tinkercad. Learn to work in collaborative groups to solve complex problems using 3D printers. NJSLS: HS-PS2-3; NJCCCS:Technology 8.2.12.C.5, 8.2.12.D.1

Intro to Game Design

Design custom characters with animations and behaviors by completing a crash course in Stencyl. This intuitive toolset is limited only by your creativity. This platform sets a foundation of computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. NJSLS: HS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.12.E.3, 8.2.12.E.4; ISTE 1d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 6b

Unreal Creations! Designing a Game with Unreal Engine (2 hours)

Level up your skills in this game design and programming primer course using industry-level tools! Take the first step into professional-level game design as you learn how to set up your first project in Unreal Engine and learn the basics of coding in C++. Some programming experience is recommended for this class. NJSLS: HS-ETS1-4; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.12.E.3, 8.2.12.E.4; ISTE 1d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 6b

Advanced 3D Modeling with Autodesk Maya (90 minutes or 2 hours)

In this program exploring advanced 3D modeling, students will learn the techniques and methods used professionally to create 3D models and meshes. Students will leave with access to a digital model that they have created (requires access to a Google Drive account or similar file-storage service). NJSLS: HS-ETS1-2; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.2.12.D.3; ISTE 6b, c

Arduino Circuits

Learn about circuitry and how to code for Arduino. This microcontroller is great for beginners but flexible enough to provide additional challenges for more knowledgeable students. NJSLS: HS-ETS1-3; NJCCCS:Technology: 8.2.12.E.3, 8.2.12.E.4; ISTE 1c, 1d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d, 6b, 7c 7d

Sphero Rovers: Mission to Mars! (90 minutes)

Can you create the next Mars rover design? In this program use your engineering and design skills to create a Sphero driven rover that can carry a payload across our simulated Mars surface. Once you have designed your rover, jump into the driver’s seat and code your way through the tricky terrain! NJSLS: HS-ETS1-1; NJCCCS: Technology: 8.1.8.A.3, 8.2.8.C.1


The Maker and Tech programs listed above are for school groups. For families and non-school groups, click here to learn more about our weekend workshops in the MakerLab and Tech & Design Studio.