Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

FishBots: Bio-Inspired Marine Robots Give Students a Hands-On Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

Buy Article:

$22.07 + tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract

Simple bio-inspired marine robots were used as teaching tools to introduce students to concepts in fluid mechanics, marine robotics, and how biological swimming mechanisms can provide fertile ground for new ideas in underwater propulsion. These robots, termed FishBots, were used in two educational situations. The first was a project for two undergraduate summer interns at MIT Sea Grant. This experience proved that such robots could be developed by undergraduates under the time constraint of a 1-month internship. Building on that success, we used FishBots successfully in an undergraduate freshman seminar class at MIT. In one semester, 29 students built 13 FishBots, all were tested in the water and 11 successfully swam, meaning they moved in a roughly straight line. These educational experiences are described in this paper along with the design of several of the student-built FishBots. The paper concludes with future educational paths for the FishBot idea.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: bio-inspired robots; fish swimming; fluid mechanics; hands-on learning; marine robotics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2020

More about this publication?
  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
  • Editorial Board
  • Submit a Paper
  • Membership Information
  • Information for Advertisers
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more