Animals, Robots, and Applied Design

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Meeting Information
Location: Lemelson 113
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 12:30-1:50
Email: dcohn@hampshire.edu
Extension: 6032
Office: Lemelson
Office Hours:
Home Page:
Email: partan@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5559
Office: ASH 131
Office Hours:
Home Page: http://helios.hampshire.edu/~srpCS/
Technical Information
Course Level: 200
Course Number: 261
Course Capacity: 20
Course Website:


Animals, Robots, and Applied Design is a crosslisted Cognitive Science/Interdisciplinary Arts/Lemelson Program class taught by Donna Cohn and Sarah Partan.

Course Description

This is a hands-on course in which students will create mechanical animal models based on their observations of live animal behaviors. Mechanical models of animals are used in both art and science. Students will learn animal observation techniques, design and fabrication skills, basic electronics and simple programming. This is a class for students with skills or interests in any of the following: electronics, robotics, animal behavior, programming, metal, wood or plastics fabrication. This will be a highly collaborative setting in which students will be responsible for sharing their own specialized skills. Students can expect introductory assignments to learn basic skills, followed by a term project. We will also examine work being done by scientists and artists who combine the study of animals with robotics and mechanical design. There is a $60 lab fee.

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