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Instructor Info:Donna Cohn
Office Extension x6032
TA Info:Charles Malloch
Seth Toles
Office Extension x4408
Mina Beckman
Robert Davis
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Lemelson Center for Design 113
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Lemelson Center for Design 113

This is a hands-on course in which students will create mechanical animal models based on their observations of live animal and recorded animal behaviors. We will examine work being done by scientists and artists who combine the study of animals with robotics and mechanical design. Students will practice animal observation techniques, design and fabrication skills, basic electronics and simple programming. This is a class for students with skills or interests in any of the following: electronics, robotics, kinetic sculpture, animal behavior, programming, metal, wood, or plastics fabrication. This will be a highly collaborative setting in which students will be responsible for sharing their own specialized skills. Students can expect several introductory assignments to learn basic skills, followed by an independent or collaborative term project.

Evaluation Criteria:

You are expected to come to class on time, do all the assignments as they are given and keep up with the work.   If you are having  trouble with an assignment, please ask for help in a timely manner. 

In order to get an evaluation for this class, you must attend class regularly and complete all assignments. If you are ill and miss a class, you are responsible for making up the work.