This fall, University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students worked for six weeks in their Introduction to Engineering class to create nearly 250 robots, which will be on display at the largest robot show in the Twin Cities on December 12.
William Durfee, University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor and director of engineering design education, encouraged his students to get creative with their designs. The CSE students were given only a kit of parts, a computer, and the option to use no more than $40 of their own spending money for materials. The only limitations he placed on the robot project were that it must have at least one moving part, "do something interesting," and operate for no more than 60 seconds. Some examples of the robots include a crawling ladybug, a head massager, and a cheese slicer!
You can see all of the robots that were created at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus on Monday, December 12 from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages. I encourage you to check out this event and see the fantastic work of the University of Minnesota's CSE students!
For more information on this event and photos from previous years, visit www.me.umn.edu/robotshow.