Creative Thinking Prompt: Caterpillar Inspired Robot
GoQBot: A CATERPILLAR ROBOT
Curling softly, leaping, flipping
Self-propelling forward zipping
Wheeling wingless, Rolling limbless
Sparks idea – Insect robot
Search and rescue find the X-spot
Wheeling, flipping, rolling, zipping,
© Ann Kelley 2016
When I was researching the subject of caterpillars to write this poem, I came across the Crambidae rolling caterpillar family which inspired the movement for a search and rescue robot.
To learn more about this robot, visit:
To see the caterpillar and robot in action, visit the Youtube video links.
THINK DEEPER: What other insects have inspired inventions? Observe an insect in its natural habitat. Sketch the insect. What trait or behavior of the insect lends itself to an invention? Sketch an idea for an invention incorporating the insect trait/behavior.
PHOTO from http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/flexible-rolling-robot-copies-caterpillars-escape-mechanism-video/ and courtesy of Huai-Ti Lin