Robotics Science Fair Projects [Mechanical engineering]

Robotics Science Fair Projects

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Fruit Fly-Inspired Flying Robots: Rotting fruit inspired 14-year old Mihir Garimella of Pittsburgh to design a new navigation system for robots. Last summer, my family went to India, and when we came back we realized there were these bananas on the counter that we forgot to throw out, he says. So our house was filled with fruit flies that I was trying to swat. To his frustration, he realized how quickly the fruit flys visual system operates despite the tiny size of its brain (only 100, 000 neurons versus a humans 100 billion). Using infrared distance sensors, Arduino programming and a quadrotor a flying robot with four propellers Garimella designed a mini flying machine that can take off rapidly in response to objects approaching from different directions. The machines, he says, can be deployed to survey disaster zones and would be able to nimbly navigate around obstacles and evade falling debris.

Update: Garimella won his age category and the computer science prize.

Bacteria Vs. World Hunger: A chance observation about warts on a pea plant led three friends from Kinsale, Ireland on a three-year mission to solve the world food crisis. Emer Hickey, Ciara Judge, and Sophie HealyThow, all 16, learned that the wart-like nodules hold beneficial bacteria known as rhizobia that produce ammonia and other compounds that help the plants grow. At the time, their class was studying the world food crisis in geography, and an idea for a science project quickly germinated. We became really interested in what this bacteria can do and what people havent done with it so far, said Healy-Thow.

Though many people told them that the bacteria would have no impact on cereal crops, the friends decided to test it on barley. They found that the microbes increased seed germination rates by 50 percent. Over the course of three years, the team has tested some 13, 000 seeds and has a large controlled field site set up with another 3, 600 seeds in their hometown. Hickey says the bacteria may also reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, which can harm the environment.

Update: Hickey, Judge, and HealyThow won their age category and took home the grand prize.

Olfactory alarm clock: Why wake up to a jarring beep when you can rise to the scent of peppermint - or crisp dollar bills? Guillaume Rolland, 17, of Nantes, France, hatched his idea after learning that hearing-impaired patients at a nursing home where his father works needed nurses to wake them each day. He built an alarm clock equipped with a small filter onto which users can drip a variety of scents. He has worked with perfumers to synthesize the smell of coffee, freshly baked bread, chocolate, and, yes, American dollars. When its time for the alarm to go off, a small fan at the back of the clock spins, and a tiny door at the top of the clock opens so the fan can blow air through the filter and disseminate it near the sleeper. In pilot tests on nursing home patients, teenagers and adults, Rolland says the menthol scent woke people within 2 minutes 100 percent of the time.



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FAQ

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How can you use a robot for a science fair project.

my idea is you build to robots that can lift weights, but use different gear ratios to experiment which gear ratio is stronger and which is faster.

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