Constructing a Terrain Robot 5-Part Series

Workshop Schedules

Part 1: Servo Motors

March 8, 10:15AM-12:30PM

Part 2:
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About the terrain robot project

The goal of this project is to design a terrain robot which moves like a spider.  
This process of taking a biological entity or process and turning it into a design is called “biomimicry.”  It’s basically recognizing that nature is the most powerful thing in this world, and we should take inspiration from it.  I first learned the concept in around 8th grade when I purchased a book called Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Biomimicry allows us to have a greater appreciation for the environment and our humble role within it.

It’s a terrain robot.  Terrain robots have several purposes; for example, search and rescue missions, environmental exploration and research.  However, most of them require a slight bit of autonomy in the case of temporarily lost connections. This robot should become semi-autonomous, and I’d probably incorporate a bit of AI into it, either vision processing or some type of graph search like A* for the shortest path. AI robots (not specifically terrain) have an incredible amount of uses, such as assistive robots in homes, manufacturing, and more research!

You can learn more about the spider robot project at its own website,

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