Anara Magavi and 2 OthersAidan Glenn
Miriam Lourie


Nicholas Patterson and Patrick McGucken


Kaia McCaffrey and Thomas Galletti

Kaia Brief -

Snappy, an interactive bot acts as a companion to its user, and will help those feeling down feel positive. Snappy will only be allowed to be alone for 15 minutes or else he'll start teasing and playing with the user. The robot has self balancing features which add to its playful persona!

Snappy is an interactive robot companion, who is also self balancing. The project was designed to reduce stress by moving around, and also to create a companion for people who may be feeling lonely, and may not have someone to play with. After being alone for about 30 minutes, Snappy will be full of energy and ready to play! Whatever you are doing, he will tease you until you give in to play with him. He will be tired out after about 15 minutes, and you will be able to resume whatever it is you were doing. 

Beneath Snappy's cute exterior lies the arduino, motor shield, and an IMU, all of which play a huge part in making Snappy who he is! By being self balanced, Snappy is able to appear more playful and entertaining.

Thomas Brief - 

"Snappy" an interactive companion robot that brings joy into the user's life, and portrays a playful personality. The robot balances itself and attempts to play with the user when it senses no significant movement for 30 minutes, in an attempt to give the user a fun and joy-filled experience.

Snappy is a self-balancing robot that brings more happiness into the user's life by giving the user an excuse to take a short 15-minute break to play with it. Snappy was designed with the goal to reduce stress and improves the user's mood overall. It uses an IMU to detect tilt and spins the motor in the direction of said tilt to keep itself upright. The robot also uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect if the user has moved, and if it has not detected a significant movement in 30 minutes, Snappy will move towards the user and attempt to get their attention. It will then start playing with the user for the next 15 minutes.

Video (Without Shell)

Kaia McCaffrey and Thomas Galletti

Project Board

Kaia McCaffrey and Thomas Galletti

Final Presentation

Thomas Youngen and Juliette Formela

Thomas's Final Brief

In our modern world, perfectly good water is constantly wasted when it could be repurposed. The Aquaponic Sink addresses this problem by transporting nutrient-rich water from a fish tank and pumping it into a reservoir. The water then either waters plants through a drip system which cycles back to the fish tank or passes through a filter which powers the sink. Drained water from the sink goes back to the tank as well.

The Aquaponic Sink is a space-efficient open sink table that has two levels of shelving that the reservoir and plants can rest on. The fish tank can simply go on the floor under the plants. The open framing made of PVC and the clear acrylic top allows for more light to access the plants. Pumps are used to transport the water upwards whilst a drip system utilizes gravity to move the water downwards for the plants and then completes the circle. The drip system begins when the water from the reservoir runs through a small tube above the planter with little holes in it. The level that the plants rest on, as well as the bottom of the planter, has evenly-distributed holes as well so that the water can pass through and into the fish tank. The planter can be filled with plants and gravel; there is no need for typical soil in an aquaponic system since fish waste provides all of the nutrients necessary for plant growth. It is also important to consider the soap being used at the sink since the dirty water drains back into the fish tank. A natural soap must be used that is safe to enter the fish tank's water or the water must be filtered.

This sink is ideal for a variety of users. Maybe the user an average person who wants to grow some herbs and take care of fish but lives in a city with little living space. Perhaps the users are a family in a rural village that is experiencing water scarcity who powers the sink through the water they collect from a well. Potentially a chef with a restaurant that needs fresh vegetables could make use of this design. The world and environment would be much better off if there were more natural biological processes integrated into peoples’ lives like the sustainable, water-recycling Aquaponic Sink.

Juliette's Final Brief

The aquaponic sink is a system that is designed to use the recycled water that flows through a fish tank and plant system to fuel a bathroom sink. This system is used to prevent the large amount of wasted water in homes today and encourages the use of recycled water throughout a home system. Made to fit inside a bathroom vanity, the aquaponic sink takes up as little space as possible. Incorporating real-life fish, real plants, and a simple minimalist design, the aquaponic sink is both easy on the environment and the eyes. Care for the aquaponic sink is very simple. Long term, the user will only need to feed the fish. 

The aquaponic sink is made to be used anywhere. Because of its simple design, the system can be used in both apartment buildings and houses! The aquaponic sink does not require any additional plumbing. The aquaponic sink is quite simple! On the bottom layer is the fish tank. The waste that the fish produce contains nutrients that help plants grow. The nutrient-rich water is pumped through a tube that connects to a larger tube. In the larger tube, the nutrient-rich water can go one of two ways: either flow through a drip system that waters the plants on the middle layer or pass through a filter that creates clean water which will then flow through the sink. If the water goes through the drip system into the plants, the plants will then filter and absorb the nutrient-rich water and provide clean water that will drip back into the fish tank.

Chiara Blissett: The Bio-Actuation Interactive Interface

The 'Bio-Actuation Interactive Interface' is a tangible re-imagination of urbanism for all to engage with, reshape, and burgeon the capacity of their engaged senses. Actuated by human presence, the installation responds to motion and physical interaction, unveiling how the body can construct the environment surrounding them, in contrast to physical boundaries restricting a person's movement and ability to engage with their surroundings.

Permanently fixed frameworks and outlined trajectories construct urban environments, through apparent, unambiguous forms and stationary walls. Humans are forced to adapt themselves to the predefined route in which physical barriers constitute, muffling the ability to be present and perceive the world through the full scope of our senses. In cities, masses of individuals cooperate to travel within pre-established trajectories of motion; the vessel, or city, is unresponsive to each existence. Individuals muted by the city's bustle inevitably seek a sense of presence, an amplification, and rejoicing in their uniqueness.

By nature, organic landscapes emanate from the entities inhabiting it and are reformed and reconstructed by mutual interactions, and around the needs of living organisms in its ecosystem. Organic landscapes also embody subjective decisions as microcosms in each natural ecosystem or macrocosm. In natural environments, the presence of each individual is amplified as each step leaves a unique impression, the space recognizing individual existence.

Curated to break down barriers between everyday objects and biology, the 'Bio-Actuation Interactive Interface' allows humans to 'communicate' with bacteria and watch the space around them morph. The bacteria showcased are genetically engineered to secrete color, the output of a chemical reaction, in this case, as a result of agitation. The interface enhances the user's state of mind as the color that is secreted is programmed for specific times of the day, evoking certain feelings, responses, and emotions, formulating a positive image for biotechnology.

International Young Researcher's Conference

This presentation is a work in progress and will be updated.

final video

Christopher Kitchen

Self Balancing Video

Kaia McCaffrey

Final Video

Kaia McCaffrey