Participants of this course will be given an introductory-level lesson in how to use basic Max/MSP objects to manipulate the playback of any video on their computer. Working from basic input devices (such as the internal microphones already on board a computer), participants will be given pre-made, functioning video playback patches as a playground for the basic functioning of Max/MSP. Through active experimentation, participants will explore basic concepts of Max/MSP that will help them use sound to stop, start, advance, rewind, and loop any video file they like. A quick refresher on how to load sketches on the Arduino will be followed by a series of short demonstrations of coding skills that are useful to intermediate coders - topics on timing such as how to user timers, interrupts, and how to create the behavior of a delay without actually using a delay will be explored, as well as introductions to strings refresher on using comments and functions to keep all your code straight. This will be useful for people using constant streams of sensor-based information in their projects, and also some advice about how to activate your installation during certain times of the day or invoke shutdowns automatically when certain conditions are met. A crash course in the knowledge needed to confidently select the right sensors for manipulating your Arduino project. This course won't feature heavy programming skills, but instead will take advantage of pre-existing example sketches as the instructor introduces you to the Arduino environment. The bulk of this class will focus on explaining basic electrical circuitry, basic electronic components, categorizing and demonstrating some uses of the most common sensors (i.e. movement sensors, light sensors, proximity sensors, infrared, accelerometer, temperature sensing, heartbeat sensors), and offering strategies for reading data sheets when looking to purchase sensors of your own for manipulating data in Max/MSP. Students will be able to use sensors in the workshop to change lights and sound, offering a perfect primer for the upcoming sensor input and Max/MSP workshop.