The students in the course were teachers in various Kansas schools. The teachers were given an NXT educational kit, an NXT curriculum from Carnegie-Mellon and a stipend, in order to come up with a robot based on an animal from Fay Rhodes'
NXT Zoo Book
Some teachers built animals directly from the book (with modifications). Others used concepts from the book to create their own animals. All of the robots were enormously creative!
What follows are pictures taken on the last day of class:
Fay Rhodes signing copies of her book
Spider that captures its prey from a tree,
then takes it to its nest.
Tauntaun from Star Wars: attacks Imperial Storm
Troopers by using its light sensor
Turtle that turns, rolls to the end of the table and
pokes its head out of its shell
Meerkat rolls through its burrow, raising
and lowering its head to look for
Turkey gobbler approaches other turkeys;
If the other turkey is a male, it backs off. If
the other turkey is a hen, it flutters its
Elvis "Hound Dog" Presley. He dances and
twirls to a rock music soundtrack.
ET: moves furtively while talking and
raising/lowering its head
A platypus that, among other things, uses its tail as a
A skunk that fires a dart from its rear
(seen here after a crash)
A camel in its native habitat, designed by a student
A fox that explores a vineyard
Two student groups with their robots, their teacher
(Posted by Rick Rhodes)