Friday Night Lab

"Where no idea is a bad idea!"

About FNL

Friday Night Lab, or FNL for short, is an open maker space offered weekly on Friday evenings at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. This cross disciplinary effort is designed to complement and enhance the current Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) programs provided here at COS.

The lab opens @ 5:30 p.m., located in the John Muir Building in Room 208, and usually lasts until about 10:00 p.m.. Please check the calendar to view our scheduled meetings.

Note: Parking permits are not required after 5:00 pm on Fridays.


FNL provides a safe environment that enables students to develop the creative and soft skills required to work in a real-world collaborative setting.

  1. Access to the engineering and computer lab on Friday after classes.

  2. Weekly presentations/hands-on, skill-building workshops on relevant STEM industry standards and practices.

  3. Opportunity for outreach, networking and resume-building activities.

  4. Resources that enable general research experience for COS students.

Understanding Team Effectiveness


In general, Friday Night Lab takes a coordinated approach to exposing participants to real-world skills not typically addressed in the academic environment. FNL facilitates presentations, events, and collaborative activities. A centralized hub with a diverse set of tech interests and meetups drives engagement in tech.

STEM Research @COS

✓ Real-world industry inspired projects.

✓ Personal, lasting connections with COS STEM students.

✓ Substantive outreach.

✓ Genuine interest and enthusiasm.