KọLab Summer Enrichment Programs

Interested in joining us? Tuition at KoLab is $400 dollars per week for a single student or $650 for two siblings. Click here to sign up and ask any questions you have about the program.

 

KọLab MakerSpace Program

In this KọLab program, participants will learn the basics of DIY hardware and physical computing using an Arduino Uno micro-controller. We will learn how to build and program circuits, use sensors to collect real-world data and use that data to control lights, musical instruments, and games. Some prior coding experience will be helpful but is not necessary.

First Session  (July 17th – 21st from 9:30am – 3:15pm)

9:30 – 11:30 | Instruction and Activities

We will briefly begin each morning with warm-up activities, team building exercises and centering meditations. The rest of the morning will be spent learning the basics of diy hardware, circuitry, and coding for robotics. Alongside instruction, most time will be spent working on projects with small groups. Projects will range from building circuits to read from light sensors, to programming a machine that can send an email with the press of a button. Participants will even get to build their own simple synths!

11:30 – 12:15 | Lunch

12:15 – 3:15 | Afternoon Activities

In the afternoon, participants will continue to work on group and individual projects, with increased independence over the course of the week. Some afternoons we will take a break to escape the heat and go swimming at Barton Springs Pool!

 

KọLab Leadership Program

The KọLab Leadership program is a course focused on furthering our mission of developing intellectual, powerful, lifelong learners.  A team of KọSchool students and faculty have designed the summer program to introduce the subjects central to KọSchool’s mission for students between the ages of 13–16.

We are offering two courses throughout July that will build the skills fundamental to authentic leadership, social creativity, and intellectual curiosity.

 

First Session  (Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th from 9:30am – 3:15pm)

Second Session  (Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th from 9:30am – 3:15pm)

 

9:30–10:30 am | Improv & Authentic Leadership

Each morning, we begin by developing self-confidence, public speaking skills, empathy, and control of attention through the lens of improvised theater. We begin the program learning the fundamentals of improv, and, through a variety of fun, high-energy games and activities, leave with the skills to tell stories individually and collaboratively, be expressive with our voices and bodies, and create characters from our own emotions and experiences.

10:30–11:30 am | Socratic Dialogue

Whereas the practice of debate places contending perspectives against one another, dialogue is focused on the understanding and exploration of ideas, as well as the developing our own ideas and relating them to the world. Through the practice of Socratic dialogue, we discuss texts on a wide range of topics, and in so doing learn more about the world through others’ eyes, how we define our own beliefs, and how we can effectively communicate and receive those of others.

11:30 am–12:15 pm | Lunch

Bring your own lunch and eat it in our classroom or outside on our upstairs patio. A microwave is available for reheatables. Or bring money to buy a delicious, healthy meal downstairs in the Casa de Luz dining hall.

12:15 pm–3:15 pm | Afternoon Activities

After lunch, we engage in a range of activities, either leaving our campus to enjoy and explore Central Austin or inviting a guest to come share their story and lead a workshop. Activities include visiting Zilker Park, swimming at Barton Springs, workshops in digital art, and makerspace activities.

 

Interested in joining us?

Tuition at KoLab is $400 dollars per week for a single student or $650 for two siblings. Click here to sign up and ask any questions you have about the program.

 

 

MakerSpace Camp

In this camp, participants will learn the basics of DIY hardware and physical computing using an Arduino Uno microcontroller. We will learn how to build and program circuits, use sensors to collect real-world data and use that data to control lights, musical instruments, and games. Some prior coding experience will be helpful but is not necessary.