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Build a Light Sensing Robot

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - November 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Registrations are closed.

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: http://www.andrewfrueh.com