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Creative Thinking Prompt: Caterpillar Inspired Invention

GoQBot-270

Creative Thinking Prompt: Caterpillar Inspired Robot

GoQBot: A CATERPILLAR ROBOT

Curling softly, leaping, flipping

Self-propelling forward zipping

Wheeling wingless, Rolling limbless

Creepy-crawly somersaulty

Caterpillar

Sparks idea – Insect robot

Search and rescue find the X-spot

Wheeling, flipping, rolling, zipping,

Creepy-crawly somersaulty

Caterpillar

© 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:

http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-3182/6/2/026007/meta;jsessionid=1594D91EDFB5A752CB806F042B7419F0.c1.iopscience.cld.iop.org

To see the caterpillar and robot in action, visit the Youtube video links.

CATERPILLAR:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZe9qWi-LUo

ROBOT:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqt4EIQRwxk

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