MadLab Cymru

MadLab logoYour pupils can try their hand at soldering, find out how electronics work and even make a buzzing puzzle to baffle their mates in our electronics workshop for Primary schools, Secondary schools and festivals.

MadLab is a unique, hands-on electronics workshop for children and adults. In the workshop participants solder electronic components from start to finish, onto specially-designed circuit boards. If MadLab takes place in a school it is accompanied by an hour hands on interactive talk to explain circuits and all the components.

There are several kits to make – from simple Flashing Lights, to a programmable robot which is able to find its way around a maze. Participants get to learn how to use a soldering iron, and actually make and take home a working electronic circuit.

Jon Tickle helping a child to solder.

Jon Tickle tries Madlab!

Partcipants soldering

Everyone gets a chance to do some soldering

Learning Objectives

Key stage 2

After taking part in the workshop Key Stage 2 pupils should:

  • Understand the principles of making an electronic circuit
  • Be able to identify the components of simple series circuits involving batteries, wires, bulbs and other components
  • Have experienced constructing circuits, incorporating a battery or power supply and a range of switches, to make electrical devices work
  • Realise that some materials are better electrical conductors than others

Duration

  • In a school – 2 sessions of 90 – 120 minutes each (30 participants per session.)
  • In a festival – up to three one hour long sessions. (four available on special request.)

Suggested audiences

  • 7 -13 year olds
  • Key Stage 2 and 3
  • Family audience, we welcome participants as low as 5 years old if with a parent

Group Size

  • In schools: 1 class (30 pupils)
  • In a festival: 30 children, parents are required to stay if participant is under 10.

We will need the venue to provide

  • Plenty of power sockets
  • Room with good ventilation
  • Running water in the workshop room
  • Drinking water for the presenters
  • In schools: A separate room with enough seating for the participants, for a short talk
Note: All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided by MadLab.
MadLab all set up at County Mayo science festival.

This is our MadLab set up at County Mayo Science Festival

What people say about us

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    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield