That’s really a very clever way of getting things started. Knowing each other is very important and makes things easier for things ahead.
With regards to the proposal for a dedicated lab, please do not stick to that for conducting sessions. Most students have their own machines nowadays. For sessions where machines are required and for students who don’t have any, please ask for any empty labs and try to conduct the session.
Waiting to hear more about this in the near future! Feel free to reach out for any help.