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Terrapin

For Principles of Engineering, an Olin College team set out to create a mobile terrarium, shaped like a turtle, which would wander into and out of sunlight to care for the plant on its back. Each step would be autonomous, the choice a combination of where the light was, where obstacles stood, and other sensory data. The individual learning goals, ranging from learning more about sensors and control to practicing rapid-iterative mechanical prototyping (and more) blended together into the idea of Terrapin.

To find out more about their learning goals, go to the Terrapin website

Here's a look at the mobile terrarium in action: