Andrew Cave, MS (2nd. year) Computer Engineering
Summary: In this activity students will create a four-legged walking robot and measure how far it travels across different types of land surfaces. Students will modify the feet and observe the effect of their modifications on its net distance across the different types of surfaces. The activity will illustrate the manner in which different species might have specialized locomotive features which allow them to survive or thrive in their habitat environments. Students typically observe the difference between the control walker and the walker with prescribed modifications and record the results; if there is sufficient time and interest students can design and test their own modifications. Students compare the distance covered in 30 steps for each modification. Students are encouraged to use their imagination or look to real life creatures that thrive in similar types of landscape for inspiration.