what is mbadika?

/bah • GEE • ka/ definition: idea, a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action

We equip youth with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to transform their ideas for challenges, large and small, into solutions whose implementation can not only impact their lives, but the lives of their communities and the world.


Engaging DIY activities to equip youth with the knowledge and skills necessary, from design thinking to core STEAM principles, to design products.


Hands-on design thinking experiences transforming ideas into real-world solutions for critical challenges facing our communities through STEAM.

mLab Series

Follow the mLab crew as we explore ideas and those who create them through step-by-step projects and behind-the-scenes.

“Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston’s Education Cabinet, the Timothy Smith Network, Mbadika, and the Boston Public Library announce the ‘City as a Classroom’, a city-sponsored pilot designed to engage students in opportunities to explore potential career pathways in Boston’s growing design economy through Boston Design Academy (BDA). 

In collaboration with TSN as lead partner, its affiliate Mbadika, and with the engagement of area industry leaders such as Microsoft, MassRobotics, and Autodesk, the Boston Design Academy is an immersive six-week summer program for students, with 25 students from TechBoston Academy. Over the course of the six weeks, BDA students will focus on product design and development while exploring STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics—subject matter. Each BDA student is assigned a Microsoft Surface Pro laptop with the latest pro design software, including Autodesk’s Fusion 360 and SketchBook, among others. Students have access to 3D printers and laser cutters to fabricate their designs.

A unique learning experience needs a unique learning space. 

BDA is hosted at the Teen Central and historical archive spaces of the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square.”

The Black Panther Edition

On February 16th, the world will be transported into Marvel’s latest universe following the adventures of The Black Panther

The world of Wakanda and its characters, who reside in a technologically advanced but isolated Kingdom in East Africa, will come to life on the big screen for the first time since their 1966 debut in Marvel Comics.

Through the Black Panther film, Mbadika wants to encourage youth to unleash their potential to become ‘Marvel-ous Makers’ (get it?) through projects, curriculum, and videos inspired by the film, in collaboration with Autodesk.

In addition, in order to encourage our viewers to try their hand at becoming Makers in their own right, we will be providing Step-by-Step Instructions via Instructables on how to build a variety of the projects shown in the series including Queen Ramonda’s Crown, Nakia’s Ring Blades, and more.  #WakandaForever

mLab Project
Laser Cut Ring Blades

Special Thanks to our Partners

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