Presentation Instructions

Andrew Todd Marcus
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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 with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
  • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
  • 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. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! 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 : Title this post the Name of Your Project

Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

1 Title/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.
1-2  Precedent Slides
  • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
  • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.

1 Concept Sketch. 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.

2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).


The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

The text should include the following 2 items:

  1. A 1-2 sentence project description for your transcript. This will serve as the basis of the Project Description that appears in your transcript. On Thursday you and your teammates will add this under project settings.
  2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

Things to think about:

  • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
  • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
  • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.

2nd Post: Video

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

Smart Desk Lamp

Ricky Zhang
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Created by: Ricky Zhang, Sebastian Park

Smart Clock

Sam Rae Chu
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Created by: Sam Rae Chu

Auto Kloth

Catherine Brisbane and Josie Nicholas
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Created by: Catherine Brisbane, Josie Nicholas

Finder Robot

Caterina Zhang and 2 OthersGinevra de Feo
Tamara Crawford
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Created by: Caterina Zhang, Ginevra de Feo, Tamara Crawford


Saba Ghole
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Echo, Neurio, and Hue - these may sound like names of lead characters in a sci-fi film, but they are actually the next generation of Internet of Things (IofT) products and systems that are revolutionizing your home. The service robotics market is booming, and these inventions are itching to be the next member of your family! These AI products and systems can entertain, teach people how to cook, provide home security, control lights across the home, even read a bedtime story. They also can help lower energy bills, assist with scheduling, and provide companionship. They may be made out of metal, electronics and data bits, but these systems don't behave like regular appliances. Home assistant robots like Jibo and Asus Zenbo are embedded with language processing and facial and object recognition software, allowing them to sense, respond, and learn as people engage with them. These products and systems aren’t merely sterile automated machines, they have huge personalities that will capture your heart and keep track of all your connected devices!

In this studio, students will explore new technologies and concepts for interactive home IofT robots and systems. Using 3d fabrication tools, such as laser-cutters and 3d printers, and IofT platforms, students will prototype and build their assistant robots and systems and then test them with their peers. Through this process, students will also learn the basics of electronics, microcontrollers and computer programming. Are you ready to build the next lovable home robot companion?


Focus Skills/Subjects/Technologies:


   Industrial Design

     Interaction Design

  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)