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Shaping the next generation of open source.


Nothing opens horizons like open source. Through its Co.Lab program, Red Hat has brought open hardware projects to students in cities across America and around the world. Now, the leader in enterprise open source software is joining SparkFun, the leader in open source educational hardware, to bring the Co.Lab experience to your home.

Colab with SparkFun

The Future of Tech is Collaborative


Co.Lab uses open hardware and methodologies to teach students why being open is a better way to solve problems.

Red Hat Co.Lab Farm Kit

The Red Hat Co.Lab Farm kit packs three activities into one small box:

  1. Learn how breadboards work and experiment with creating simple circuits by adding jumper wires, batteries and an LED.
  2. By adding a sensor to the components from your breadboard experiments, you’ll create a signal that lights up when there’s not enough moisture in your planter. And, by reversing one piece of the circuit, you’ll use the same components to build a sensor that lights when there’s too much moisture.
  3. With the addition of your own seeds and container, as well as the hydroponic felt included with the kit, you can plant your own microgreen garden.

Add some sun, and a few days later you will have your own crop!

Buy the Red Hat Co.Lab Farm Kit

Build instructions for the Red Hat Co.Lab Farm Kit


Red Hat Co.Lab Robot Kit

The Red Hat Co.Lab Robot Kit has everything you need to build your own wheeled open source robot. Equipped with LEDs, an accelerometer, a compass, and multiple sensors, the finished machine can spell your name in lights or guide itself through courses and mazes.

Buy the Red Hat Co.Lab Robot Kit

Build instructions for the Red Hat Co.Lab Robot

Downloadable Activity Books


Looking for a fun way to introduce open source to the next generation? Try our downloadable coloring books and activity books.

SELinux Coloring Book
Containers Coloring Book
Container Commandoes Coloring Book
Ansible Coloring Book
Power of Open Source

The Power of Open Source

Open source began as a better way to make software. It’s become a movement that’s making our world better. From education to health care and energy to robotics, the core tenets of open source―transparency, collaboration, community, and inclusive meritocracy―create meaningful change.


See Open Source at Work