Makeathon 2016 Projects

This page contains brief descriptions of the Makeathon 2016 projects (now formally MakeOHI/O) as well as its sponsors and organizers. Projects are listed alphabetically by team name. Nearly half of the projects are listed here; the remaining teams did not submit documentation.

Check out the following links to learn more about the Makeathon 2016:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Lantern
The Columbus Dispatch
Makeathon 2016 Video
First Ever Makeathon (2015) Video

Amale (Amaz)

Amale(Amaz) Project

This group created a self-navigating robot that could maneuver any obstacle course placed in front of it. The robot was unique because it was programmed to remember the paths it had previously explored such that it would not attempt to travel a dead end path again. Therefore, it could quickly navigate mazes because of its ability to memorize paths.


BB8 Project

With the recent release of the new Star Wars movie, this group took it upon themselves to recreate the new fan favorite, BB-8! Using a beach ball, paper mache, and some styrofoam, the group assembled the body. Later, this celestial project incorporated motors and microcontrollers to bring the droid to life.


Candymen Project

This team connected a vacuum system to a toaster box using a custom 3D printed adapter to create a chocolate-mold making vacuformer machine. The plan was to make unique chocolate designs. After discovering their system wattage was too dangerously high, the team was forced to make revisions to their original design. They configured a light dimmer switch to control the power output and were able to test the machine.

DP Doughers

DP Doughers Project

The goal of this project was to create a map with an array of LEDs corresponding to major cities around the world. Using a microcontroller, the group was able to highlight where data packets were coming from on the host computer. This group expanded their project to display worldwide weather information as well. This project took the “best lighting project” prize at the showcase!


Eureka Project

This project was an integrated circuit testing device. Using this rig, one could attach a set of integrated circuit chips and determine if the outputs work correctly. The team even developed their own graphical user interface to evaluate their IC chips. This project took home the “Best Use of Analog” prize!

Gusteau Group

Gusteay Group Project

One of the most whimsical projects from the 2016 Makeathon had to be this one. This group sought to create a fully automatic pasta maker. When completed, this device could pour water and cook noodles with a heat plate. It could even add sauce to the pasta and serve the user with just the push of a button. This project won 3rd Place overall!


M4C Project

Check out their Hackster page here

This project was awarded 1st place overall because of its direct application and incredible design. The design was a simple household glove loaded with sensors of special resistive material - when bent different ways, the resistance changes. The team programmed an Arduino to interpret the signals. At this point, the Arduino could output what letter in sign language the user was gesturing. This project has plenty of real world application because of its robust and inexpensive design!

Planet X and the Gravity Waves

Planet X and the Gravity Waves Project

This group made a robotic arm that could assemble Lincoln Logs to build mini houses. The electromechanical machine was automated with a microcontroller so that the arm could build a variety of houses with little assistance. This project won the “Best Use of Electromechanical” prize!

Smash Bros

Smash Bros Project

The goal for this team was to direct a spider robot to a desired location. Using a handheld GPS “gun”, one could lock onto a location where they would like the spider to walk toward. The team planned to use an accelerometer, distance sensors, servo motors, a GPS unit and a microcontroller, but once their motor controller burnt up, they were forced to drop from the competition.

Team 116th

Team 116th Project

Using K-nex, an Arduino, servo motors and an ultrasonic sensor, this team created a 3D scanner. The servo motors spun a rotating platform while an ultrasonic sensor recorded the distances from an object such as a pop can. The spinning occurred until the object was viewed by the sensor for a full 360 degrees. Afterward, the team programmed a MATLAB script to compile the data to create a 3D image of the scanned object.

Team Ergonomik

Team Ergonomik Project

Ergonomik was working to create a robotic lamp that tracks and follows the writer's hand. The goal was to add continuous tracking and self-readjustment, so that the lamp always gives as much light as possible right above the user's hand. During the event, Ergonomik built a suitable mechanical structure capable of rotation and extension and almost completed a custom tracking mechanism based on Raspberry Pi and Arduino. “It was a great experience overall!”

The RobotterMilk Puncakes

The RobotterMilk Puncakes Project

Check out their Youtube video here

This project was an innovative solution to a recently popular tech topic: autonomous vehicles. Instead of making the car itself autonomous, this group decided to make a custom fixture that could be attached to the brake and gas pedals as well as the steering wheel such that the car could be remotely controlled. The group even brought a full sized car to test it (although the wheels were raised off the ground for safety purposes). This team took home the 2nd place prize!

We've Got Tissues

We've Got Tissues

Check out their Hackster page here

Traditional hardware radios have become less popular and the software defined radio (SDR) has become mainstream when producing radio communication devices. However, this team took it upon themselves to create a SDR circuit with a twist. Their project involved a TI Launchpad with a button interface that they could use to control settings such as frequency.

Whale Storm

Whale Storm Project

The Makeathon brings a diversity of students and engineering disciplines. This project was a servo motor controlled titration device. The group used a microcontroller and light sensor to determine how much titrant to add in order to neutralize the solution. After learning more about this project, it was not surprising to find out its makers were chemical engineering students here at Ohio State.

Wi-Fi Warriors

Wi-Fi Warriors Project

This project used a microcontroller and a variety of sensors to develop an vehicle that could navigate through all terrains. When turned on, it would autonomously find the strongest point of access to its connected wireless network. This machine was carefully programmed such that it could follow the shortest path that led directly to the nearest router!


    Silver Sponsors

  • Harris
  • Battelle
  • Texas Instruments

    Bronze Sponsors

  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Science


  • The Electronics Club
  • Amateur Radio Club
  • ACM's Committee on Women in Computing
  • IEEE
  • The Maker Club
  • Buckeye Hackers