Intro to Programming I
April 04, 2018 - April 25, 2018

About the workshop
Introduction to Programming I is the first course in a two-part series that introduces students to basic programming concepts and prepares them for intermediate and advanced programming instruction in Fuse Factory classes and workshops, or elsewhere. Introduction to Programming I covers the concepts of types, values, expressions, conditional execution, looping, and functions. Students will explore and practice these concepts using JavaScript to write simple numerical applications. Some creative graphical programming will also be introduced using P5.js.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are not be expected to have any prior programming experience. Students should bring their laptops to class. Otherwise, all materials and tools required to complete the course will be provided.

For a complete introduction to programming, it is recommended that students follow this course with Introduction to Programming II. The class will meet for four one-hour sessions. Students will be expected to complete some light homework assignments between sessions.

About the instructor
Michael Perkins is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in Buddhist philosophy, discrete mathematics, data science, contemporary jazz, and algorithmic music. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he studied music and philosophy and The Ohio State University where he studied philosophy and computer science. He completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 1983. For 35 years, Michael has developed advanced software systems for some of the world’s leading software vendors. He has designed and implemented special-purpose programming languages, data management tools, application generators, cross-platform networking software, and IT systems management software. Currently, Michael is Chief Scientist for Prosper Technologies, where he designs and implements software systems for integrating, analyzing and visualizing complex sets of data.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Intro to Programming I
Registration for one
$40.00

Listening workshop with Thollem McDonas
April 21, 2018

Thollem’s listening workshops are open to anyone interested in deepening their experience with sound. The workshops equally beneficial and enlightening to both musicians and those who have never played an instrument. The workshop helps develop listening skills to wake us up to the infinite variety of sounds around us as well as to deepen one’s relationship with music as a listener as well as a creator. Thollem utilizes an analog synthesizer to identify the basic building blocks of sound as well as the complexities of texture and qualities of sound (timbre). He will also touch upon the physics of sound, acoustical properties, the workings of the listening apparatus, evolution of hearing, the hearing of other creatures with or without ears. Participants will explore the elements that define differences of sound and our perception of them.

About the Instructor
Thollem grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the son of a dedicated piano teacher. He began teaching private and group piano and theory lessons when he was 13 years old. Over the years, as a teacher, Thollem has worked with musicians and non-musicians alike in a wide variety of approaches and techniques through private lessons and large ensembles, in music conservatories, high school concert bands, with developmentally disabled adults and children, the incarcerated, the elderly, youth symphonies and chamber ensembles. He has been traveling perpetually for years working within communities throughout North America and Europe, collaborating with a wide array of musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers, poets, and painters.

Workshop fees
To reserve one or more seats in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Sound/Listening
Registration for one kit
$25.00

Intro to Bacteria as Art
April 21, 2018

Art and microbiology come together in this fun, unique hands-on workshop, held in partnership with Cap City Biohackers. Participants will use engineered color-producing microbes to create splashes of color on a ‘living’ work of art. They will learn about 4 pigmented bacteria, Micrococcus luteus(yellow), Rhodococcus rhodochrous (pink), Sarcina aurantiaca(orange-yellow), and Serratia marcescens D1 (red) and will have the opportunity to “draw” with them in a petri dish.  This workshop is suitable for both kids aged 7+ and adults.

About the Instructors
Dr. Jessica Fleming, co-founder of Cap City Biohackers, is a postdoctoral researcher with the Ohio State University Medical Center, where she earned her doctorate in Molecular Genetics. She is currently focused on identifying prognostic and predictive molecular biomarkers in CNS tumors.

Dr. David Taffany, co-founder of Cap City Biohackers, is a project manager for Fuse Health. He received his doctorate in Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University.

Intro to Bacteria as Art
Registration for one
$35.00