MLAB Projects

Explore STEAM through hands-on projects to learn the basics of engineering in order to bring ideas to reality.



Our award-winning TV show explores STEAM through hands-on projects with a twist to bring ideas to reality.

M°Lab Field Kit

Take on the role of an M° Lab Secret Agent and complete 15 engaging STEAM projects from thecomfort of your home, in collaboration with the Ministry of Supply.

Ideas and Those Who Create Them

Without Resources, Ideas Remain Ideas.
Mbadika [bah-GEE-kah] is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, born out of MIT, focused on providing equitable access to STEM education and career related pathways.
While others were hacking code, we decided to hack STEM education with the launch of MLAB [Mbadika Laboratory], our STEM-focused career development initiative.
Whether it’s a hands-on workshop, engaging digital content, or a educational DIY kit, Mbadika strives to foster creatity and make their ideas a reality.
MLAB Inter-stellar Tesserae Planter, composed of PLA Filament from a 3D Printer. The Planter sits on a cork board and is surrounded by various types of decor including small, green pebbles as well as translucent red and clear pebbles. Inside the planter, there is a succulent plant surrounded by moss. The succulent plant is receiving nourishment from the UV light, placed in the hexagonal shaped lamp shade attached to the planter, with a push button to control operation. The background of the image is on a porch, with white fencing.
A group of diverse students, from left to right, surround a wooden desk surface being managed by a young, white female in order to explore a piece of fabric. In front of the group is a Mac desktop computer showcasing an enlarged version of the image relayed from the microscopic in the hands of the young female employee.


A new Space for Empathetic Invention
As inventors at heart, we believe in the power of STEM education to unlock the next generation of innovators.
Rarely, aspiring innovators are given the knowledge, resources, and space to bring their ideas to reality.
MLAB is where we design and develop hands-on STEM educational resources, including our hands-on workshops, digital content, and products to support ideas and those who create them.


Fostering Creativity through Fabric Science 
Ministry of Supply is an innovative clothing retailer using science to engineer more comfortable clothes for nearly a decade.
M°Lab is our collaboration with the Ministry of Supply, a fellow MIT project, to provide a catalyst for life’s (future) architects to use #ScienceForBetter.
The hallmark of this collaboration is the M°Lab Field Kit designed by our interns, who spend their M°Lab Internships designing and developing unique STEM educational experiences for the general public to explore materials science.
M°Lab is our unique collaborative effort designed to foster creativity through the lens of materials science.
A colored photo showcasing a black, rectangular box that is slightly opened by a hand in the upper right hand corner. The box is branded in white font by the phrase, 'Open Your Mission'. The top of the box is branded with the phrase, 'M°Lab'.


Our 43rd Annual New England Emmy nominated educational television series, MLAB, demystifies the process of bringing ideas to reality through STEAM.


Explore STEAM through one of our favorite MLAB projects exploring basic engineering, product design, as well as digital fabrication (i.e. 3D printing). 


We are firm believers that it takes a village to not only raise a child but to bring an idea to reality.
Fortunately, we are proud of our village supporting our mission to focus on ideas and those who create them.