Susan Kennon – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Susan Kennon – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

Students are using the LEGO Mind storms NXT equipment to create robots to perform basic mechanical tasks. The tasks are to create aquatic robots to meet five challenges of increasing difficulty: 1) progressing from the robot being positively buoyant and moving forward and backward; and 2) building a submersible robot with neutral buoyancy that can be maneuvered in any direction while maintaining stability. The robot can also be driven around obstacles in a pool, as well as pick up items on the bottom of the pool and deposit them in a container in another area of the pool. Students are learning the engineering process and problem- solving, while also learning about buoyancy, gear ratios, forces and mechanics.