Create robotic oysters to help fight climate change!
Are you interested in doing something creative with your computer science and engineering skills to raise awareness about climate change? Then this project is for you!
We're seeking students who are passionate about environmental justice but also have a sense of humor. You will work directly with Professor Stephanie Rothenberg, chair and professor in the Department of Art, to use your strong skills in computer science, AI, and engineering to create a series of robotic oysters that perform various functions related to stopping climate change. These include detecting sound (yes, oysters can hear!) and filtering toxic water (yes, those little oysters can filter over 50 gallons per day!).
The robotic oysters will be used in 2 interactive art installations that will be publicly displayed in Buffalo, and also nationally. Each installation focuses on different aspects of climate change and its impact on our oceans and marine life. In addition to the robotic oysters, you will be able to develop captivating data visualizations that will be projected on large screens in the installations. One of the installations uses sound recordings and sonic mapping.
|Length of commitment||About 6-9 months|
|Start time||Winter (December or January)|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid?||Hybrid|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Benefits||Research experience; academic credit; work study; stipend|
|Who is eligible||Juniors and seniors who know how to code and are proficient in Processing (Arduino) and Python (Raspberry Pi/Neopixel). Additional skills in internet design/development a plus.|
The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.