Bioinspiration: Insect Robots
Insect locomotion has had millions of years of fine tuning to move across different terrains, let’s learn from them and apply our observations to improve robot mobility.
Part one is learning about bioinspiration and observation day, look at the insects and see what helps them move across different terrain. They’ll also get to see the robots that they are working with and try them out on different terrains.
In part two they will be given their prompt, “create boots for the Spider HexBug so that it can move across various terrains” and revisit tinkercad, learning extra skills not taught in CampFabLab.
Part three is taking our observations and applying them into designs for our robots (Hexbugs specifically). Testing designs, ideally they can get a test run and then time to revise their designs at least once
Part four is Robo-Races, whose designs can make it across different terrains?
Learning Process and Outcomes
Iterative problem solving in scientific contexts, group communication, rapid ideation, and experimentation/observation skills.
Camp participants will take home a HexBug robot modified with several accessories.