THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE CURIOSITY HACKED OAKLAND LAB (CHOL).

Our Oakland location serves as our headquarters as well as our test bed for many of our programs. Guilds currently run four nights a week and Open Labs occur ever Sunday from 2-5pm. Other classes and after school activites run as scheduled.

Curiosity Hacked Oakland Lab: 6036 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94609

#####We are now hosting Birthday Parties! Email us for more on our individualized approach or to schedule!

If you’re interested in using CHOL for your after-school group or science club, contact us at [email protected]

###Upcoming 2015 Open Lab Featured Projects: Open Labs are all ages and a great way to get started! You can come for the featured project, use our available materials and tools to design your own project, or bring in a project you want to work on and/or need help with! Please note that Open Labs are subject to change when the kids inspire us to try something new. You can check back here for any changes we make prior to each Open Lab. Material fees for Open Lab run $5-$15 depending on the project.

January 3rd, 2016: Resolutions Open Lab! Learn a new skill or tool, get help planning a new project… we will show you the possibilities!
January 10th, 2016: Mouse Trap Race Cars and Derby!
January 17th, 2016: Laser cutting!
January 24th, 2016: We have gotten a lot of requests for light sabers lately. The force is obviously strong with our young hackers! Let’s do it. (Can’t guarantee a spoiler free environment, but we’ll try)
January 31st, 2016: Micro-Crossbows
February 7th, 2016: Cork Launchers and Mechanical Hands
February 14th, 2016: Victorian Valentines, Hat making, Steampunk Goggles
February 21st, 2016: Kids Choice! Although, at our Lab it’s always kids choice!
February 28th, 2016: Pixels! Come dive into 3 projects that illustrate the beauty, function, and mathematics of pixels!
March 6th, 2016: Celebrate National Frozen Food Day with liquid nitrogen experiments and ice cream!
March 13th, 2016: Pi Day! One day early, but worth a fun day of projects based on the mathematical constant!
March 20th, 2016: Celebrate the arrival of Spring with us! Color eggs with natural dyes, create designs for the Eggbot, lasercut chocolate, and needlefelt wool bunnies and chicks (or whatever inspires you!)
March 27th, 2016: No Open Lab
##Past Projects: – September 7th, 2014 – Micro Crossbows – design by Sonic Dad – September 14th, 2014 – Rubber Band Helicopters – Workshop for Young Engineers – September 21st, 2014 – Pyramid Catapult – Workshop for Young Engineers – September 28th, 2014 – Tiny Matrix – Programming and soldering – https://sites.google.com/site/tinymatrix/ – October 5th, 2014 – eTextiles with The Crafty Avenger – October 12th, 2014 – Laser Cut Lanterns – October 19th, 2014 – Closed – See us at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! – October 26th, 2014 – Snap-o-lanterns!Motion Activated Circuits (Halloween Scares!) – November 2nd, 2014 – Closed due to the end of Day Light Savings time – November 9th, 2014 – Linocut – November 16th, 2014 – Hydraulic judo bots – November 23rd, 2014 – Window bird feeders – November 30th, 2014 – LED ornaments – December 7th, 2014 – DAY OF SERVICE (Assembling Maker Kits to send to deployed soldiers. Please bring donations of energy bars!) Also: Menorah and Christmas Tree Electronic Kits to make and take home! – December 14th, 2014 – HOUR OF CODE! Join us for three hours of programming celebration! Board Games, online tutorials, Lego robotics, Play-i/Make Wonder Robots, and more! – December 21st, 2014 – e-textile project with the Crafty Avenger – December 28th, 2014- NO OPEN LAB/ Holiday Break! – January 4th, 2015 – NO OPEN LAB/ Holiday Recovery! – January 11th, 2015 – Plastic Bottle Re-Use Hack-A-Thon (Please BYOB if you can!) plus Make your own Diving Squid in a Bottle! – January 18th, 2015 – Working With Wool: Knitting and Felting – January 25th, 2015 – Squishy Circuits – February 1st, 2015 – Treasure boxes: Wood working and decoration – February 8th, 2015 – Mouse Trap Racers – February 15th, 2015 – Solder Valentines Hearts! – February 22nd, 2015 – Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones – March 1st, 2015 – Medieval Weaponry: Bows, LARP swords, and Catapults – March 8th, 2015 – Leftovers! Part of spring cleaning, we have lots of bits an pieces from past open labs to revist. Missed swords and bows from lastweek? Do them this week! – March 15th, 2015 – Pi Day Celebration! – March 22nd, 2015 – Rotational mold casting with chocolate, and other chocolate fun. – March 29th, 2015 – Egg Hack – April 5th, 2015 – Closed, Easter/Spring Cleaning – April 12th, 2015- Tensegrity Structures – April 19th, 2015 – Cancelled. – April 26th, 2015 – Tensegrity Structures – May 3rd, 2015- STAR WARS DAY! (In prep for May the 4th be with you!)Light Sabers! Wookie Cushions! Laser cut wall clocks! This Open Lab is your only hope! – May 10th, 2015- Mother’s Day! Learn the uses of plants and make your mom (or you!)a special gift of some lovely natural body products from scratch! – May be cancelled due to lack of attendence, please let us know if you expect to come: [email protected] – May 17th, 2015- NO OPEN LAB: MAKER FAIRE BAY AREA MAY 15-17! We are hosting the rocket launching booth this year, come by and say hello! – May 24th, 2015- Kites! Have you ever been to the Berkeley Kite Festival and admired all the different amazing kites? Come learn about the science behind kite design and make your own spectacular creation to fly! – May 31st, 2015- Biospheres: a complete ecosystem in a jar! Back by popular demand! Some of the biospheres from 3 years ago are still going strong, come and add to your collection or make your first one! – June 7th, 2015- HEY YOU GUYS! Celebrate Goonies Day with us hacker style! Pirate Maps! Booby Traps! And more! – June 14th, 2015- By repeat special request, we are focusing on safe, effective, natural, handmade body products this Sunday! Learn how easy it is to make scented lip balm (tinted or not), homemade sunscreen, and/or an essential oil blend made custom for your summer adventures- including an exceptionally awesome bug repellent! Join us Sunday, 2-5pm, for this awesome Open Lab! (materials fee $5-10) – June 21st, 2015- Happy Father’s Day! NO OPEN LAB – June 28th, 2015- Day of Service: Bee Stations – July 5th, 2015- NO OPEN LAB – July 12th, 2015- DIY Stomp Rockets and Compressed Air Rockets – July 19th, 2015- Tiny Matrix: Programmable LED pendants – July 26th, 2015- Etextiles: integrating circuits into accessories – September 13, 2015: GEOCACHING! Learn how to participate in modern day treasure hunts, and make your own box and stamp to hide for others to find! – September 20, 2015: Celebrate TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Make air cannons and shrunken heads! Walk the plank! – September 27, 2015: Electronics: Music Machine – October 4, 2015: House Building! We will have all kinds of materials to create miniature abodes, from fairies to creatures to haunted. Integrate technology or not, make for outside or inside! – October 11, 2015: Back by popular demand! Snap-O Lanterns and Pumpkin Carving! – October 18, 2015: Come see us at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! (No Open Lab) – October 25, 2015: Final Costume Hack (last minute sewing, lighting, special effects, accessories) and sugar skulls! – November 1, 2015: DST: DIY Clocks! Laser cut, binary, perpetual, all kinds of clocks! – November 8, 2015: Day of Service: TBD – November 15, 2015: Printmaking Workshop! Screenprinting, Linocut, Gyotaku, Etching, Monoprints! Learn about the many ways to print on paper, fabric, and more! – November 22, 2015: Open Lab at the CJM in San Francisco! (No Open Lab in Oakland) – November 29, 2015: NO OPEN LAB. Happy Thanksgiving! – December 6, 2015: Holiday Hack! Laser cut algorithmic snowflakes, E-Textile ornaments, Electronic Dreidels, LED Menorahs – December 13, 2015: Three hours of Code: Projects and Games that introduce and celebrate programming. – December 20th, 2015: Festival of Lights: Candle Making and Laser Cut Lanterns – December 27th, 2015: NO OPEN LAB, Happy Holidays!