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  • Zoom your way through this Studio by building your own aerial flying machine! Aerial drones, or unmanned robots, are all around us in the form of delivery devices, aerial photography/videography machines, monitoring robots, and crowd control drones. What other innovative flying machines can you imagine? Medical aerial drones that bring much-needed supplies to victims in disaster areas? Storm-chasing aerial machines that help meteorologists understand environmental forces better? Flying machines that monitor and inspect bridges and other structures while offering support to builders on construction sites? What about a flying robotic waiter that delivers food straight to your table? Learn about all the components that make your flyingbot go zoom: motors, batteries, engines, radio signals, wings and propellers, and robotic intelligence!

    In this Studio, students will be constructing an electric flying robot. Students will ride the waves of radio frequency and modulation, and will gain an understanding of how transmitters and receivers communicate. Students will also learn about flight, design, engineering, and robotic intelligence (automaton, remote control, teleoperation, full autonomy). Students will experience the hands-on joy of soldering, programming, building circuits, laser cutting, and 3D printing before applying a custom paint job for the finishing touch. Then it’s off to the final exhibition where the flyingbots will zoom away to save the world!

    Register here!

    Focus Skills/Subjects/Technologies:


      Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)




      Robotics (Arduino)

      Sensors & Actuators

      Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)

      3d Modeling


    • Enrolling students must be between the ages of 11 to 18 (middle and high school students)

  • Thank you all for your hard work! We hope you all had a fun time building and learning!

    Your presentations have been made publically viewable.

    For those of you that are interested in buying the remote control and charger we used, please see the links below. (Note that for those who took their projects home, you only need to buy the first two links. You should already have your LiPo Batteries)


  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled Process with all of the slides.
    • If needed, you can have (1) post of a video of your project in action.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!

    1st Post : Process

    Absolutely no more than 8 Slides!

    1 Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
    1  Precedent Slides. One slide to show conceptual idea. One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.

    1 Brainstorming Slide. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny Changes.

    3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project.


    In the text section for the process post, write a paragraph introducing the design problem or the main idea and how you are tackling it. Then, describe the main story or theme, mechanics, development, challenges, and other parts of the creative process you experienced. Each iteration should have a paragraph describing how you how you modified the project after receiving feedback.

    1. Design Problem and Solution:

    You should begin with a clear statement of the problem and the solution as both a one sentence description and a short paragraph expanding on the solution.

    Here is an example from the Reaction Shelter project:

    • The Problem: Over 300 natural disasters occur globally every year, displacing 32.5 million people on average.Domestically, 99 federal disaster declarations were on file with FEMA in 2011.
    • The Solution: The Reaction Housing System is a rapid response, short-term housing solution.
    • Detailed Solution: The core sustem components flat pack to provide extremeley efficient storage and transportation. The systems can be deployed within hours of an event without the need for tools or heavy machinery.

    2. Further Ellaboration:

    • Main Story or Theme: describe in further detail the reason for your project and the overall way you are solving that problem
    • Mechanics: Describe how your project works and what it is doing
    • Development: Briefly explain the progression of your project
    • Challenges: Describe technical and design challenges you faced or are still facing. 

    3. Iterations

    Each iteration should have a paragraph describing how you how you modified the project after receiving feedback.

    Here is an example from the Backcountry IV Project:

    • In our second iteration, we redesigned the cylinder so that it actually had two compartments that would screw together. Though there were two compartments, there would be a small piece in between the two that would screw them together, so that they remained the same diameter and size. We designed the piece to fit exactly between the two compartments so that it wouldn’t be visible when the entire piece was together. The part had triangular shaped spaces cutting through it where the IV tube and wires for the technology side of our studio fit. In the upper cylinder, the holes remained for the UV lights, but there was more space underneath for the Arduino. In the bottom compartment, we created a hole in the middle designed to fit the IV reservoir and tubing, and small spaces directly next to the reservoir where the resistors to warm the reservoir sat. This spacing for the pieces worked well, except that the entire reservoir piece took up too much room, so much that all of the compartments didn’t screw together. Underneath the inner part designed to hold the reservoir and resistors, there was room underneath to hold the arm cuff and the excess tubing. We also designed two caps to close together the whole piece. Except for the fact that it was a bit sharp and there some minor fitting issues, the caps worked well and made the entire piece compact and portable. For the next iteration, which was the final one, we made a few critical changes.

    2nd Post: Video

    Upoload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.



  • Don't forget to wear your NuVu t-shirt tomorrow!!! 

  • PLEASE email me any videos you took of your aircraft!

  • Make sure you are connected either to "wireless", "wireless_5G", or "wireless_5G-2".

    Follow the instructions in the picture above to connect to the shared folder.

    Once connected you will see a new folder named "nuvustudent". In "nuvustudent", in the folder named after your studio, please create a folder for your project and save your files there.

  • Flying Bots Brainstorming

    • vintage old style fighter jet w/ airforce decals
      • plane with ducted fan (custom super fast propellor) to increase speed
    • non lethal offensive mechanism
      • drops pepper spray bombs
    • plane that looks like a dragon DRAGON FLY…. hahaha
    • amphibeous flying tank (beefy and tough)
      • treads
      • iphone mount for video
      • super durable
    • Glider w/ a built in propellor that can glide indefinitely
    • flying shark— Sharknado
    • flying suction cup walker plane like disney spider vehicle
    • flying spider
    • plane that splits and can become 2 planes
    • typing plane
    • plane that feeds you
    • remote control frisbee
    • remote control remote control helicopter
    • assist plane for extreme backcountry sports
    • Golden Snitch w/o 16 cameras
    • flying fan w/ baby fans that can deploy to cool you off (with spritzer)
    • disco plane (with music and lights)
    • Mission Impossible Plane
      • plane w/ glass cutter
    • plane that sweeps the floor— flying broomstick
      • could also be a vacuum
    • mini spy copter that sticks onto the wall— fly on the wall— eyeSpy
      • suction cups
      • audio recording
      • video recording
    • package delivery plane w/ parachutes
      • how is the package held onto the plane?
      • is there something that people order regularly that this drone is designed for
      • interchangeable pick up mechanism?
    • water gun plane
    • bubble plane
  • Advantages to a normal boat/plane hybrid

    - closer to the water than helicopters for cost guard rescues 

    - for a military application it could travel long distances faster in the air and then drop down to the water for slower stealth applicationsfaster than traditional boats in the water

    -  less imprint on the wildlife in the water 

    - could possibly be electric using carbon fiber as to lessen the environmental impact

    - the electric it is the silenter it is for use as a consumer luxury plane/boat