Build a Light Sensing Robot
November 11, 2017 - November 25, 2017

About the workshop
Come make an inexpensive, fully autonomous, light sensing, Arduino-based, driving robot! NOTE: This workshop will take place over the course of three 3-hour sessions: November 11, 18, and 25 from 10am to 1pm.

In this hands-on workshop, you will design and build an autonomous robot. We will be using the famous Arduino microcontroller as the brain for our robot, and simple materials like cardboard to construct the frame and wheels. All materials will be provided, but you may want to download the Arduino IDE (the software for development) and bring your laptop so you can program the robot yourself.

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

  • Program an Arduino microcontroller.
  • Create an electrical circuit using a breadboard and jumper wires.
  • Construct a simple robot frame and wheels.
  • Correctly solder a wire to a terminal.
  • Debug their system!

Cost for this workshop covers a materials kit that includes the following gear for you to take home:

  • An Arduino R3
  • A small breadboard
  • A motor driver board
  • A set of 30 jumper wires
  • Three photoresistors
  • Two small gear motors
  • A small caster wheel

This workshop is most suitable for adults and youth aged 13 and above. Children under the age of 13 are welcome, but it is strongly suggested that they be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience with electronics, microcontrollers, or robotics is assumed.

About the Instructor
Andrew Frueh is a hacker, open-source evangelist, and critical maker. He designs systems with Arduino, is very involved with fabrication (including designing a modular robotic platform, and building a couple of 3D printers), and received his MFA from the Art and Tech program in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University. He is a lecturer and lab supervisor for the Ohio State University Department of Art. Website:

Workshop fees
The price of the workshop is per robotics kit, not per person. To reserve one or more seats in the workshop, please register using one of the links below:

Build a Light Sensing Robot - student/family price
Registration for one kit
Build a Light Sensing Robot - regular price
Registration for one kit

Performance: J Collin (UK) + Sun Trash (CMH) + Shred van Winkle (CMH) + Jordan Spencer (CMH)
November 12, 2017

On the evening of Sunday, November 12th we are proud to present experimental guitarist J Collin (UK), free jazz duo Sun Trash (CMH), experimental electronic multi-instrumentalist Shred van Winkle (CMH), and sound artist Jordan Spencer (CMH). The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

J Collin is a guitar player from Lancashire, UK, currently based in Sweden. On record he plays either improvised freeform abstract blues or through-composed minimalistic utilitarian drone music. His live shows are improvisations using a system of body, mind, breath, strings and electricity. His most recent LP is The Nature (Early Music; 2017).

Sun Trash is a free music/ friendship duo of Nick Weckman (clarinet, trombone, voice, loops, uke, trash) and Caleb Miller (sax, MS-20, keys, clarinet, laptop, trash) based in Columbus, OH. They simply strive to make something together.

Nathan-Andrew Leaflight (Shred van Winkle) began his studies of keyboards, electronic music, and ethnomusicology at Oberlin College’s Conservatory in the early 1980s. By the mid 80s, he was combining various world musics with both rock music and electronic compositions. He began studying pedal harp in the early 1990s, under the tutelage of Jane Cauffiel Thompson (a student of Carlos Salzedo’s). The primary rationale for this? His feeling that there were already just too many great pianists. He began his experiments with amplified harp and effects pedals in the mid 1990s. In 2000, he joined Philadelphia avant-prog band The Red Masque as a founding member. In the mid 2000s, he switched to playing the electric lever harp. Time passed. Seasons changed. The world went on its way, as it does…

Shred van Winkle is an attempt at metaphorical autobiography. He is a character who has slept too long, and now feels separated from his natural time, in surroundings surprisingly unfamiliar. The persona and the music are a means of addressing modern society’s staggering pace of development, which has far outstripped any meaningful changes in its most basic component: the individual person.

Jordan Spencer lives in Columbus, OH. He is behind the cassette label Cabin Floor Esoterica and the print operation Painted Door Press. His recent sound work has explored small sounds, field recordings, sine tones and strings with an ear toward domesticity and accidents. This evening he will present a short sound installation for five cassette players.