Robotic fish

Paul Phamduy, Maurizio Porfiri

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Informal science education is the process of scientific learning that takes place outside of the classrooms and academic institutions [1,2]. It is the most predominant form of learning across lifelong education, is spontaneous in nature, and has practically unlimited opportunities [1,2]. Informal learning can occur through visits to museums and galleries, participation in science festivals, and even watching educational programs [1]. For visitors to informal science venues, robotics has been shown to be an effective tool to elicit their interest, as it often affords several elements of novelty [3]. Further, robotics offers quick feedback for participants to test new ideas or reinforce preexisting knowledge [4,5]. Thus, a number of robotics-based exhibits, such as the exploratory rover [6], robotic dolphin [7], and remotely-controlled miniature boats [8], have been designed to increase visitors' interest in robotics, while delivering important topics in science, like space exploration [6] and environmental mapping [8]. Biologically-inspired robotic fish have been found to be particularly engaging [7,9,10], likely due to the additional connections to the natural world they can offer [11]. Thus, a few robotic fish exhibits have been deployed to engage and educate visitors in public aquariums and expositions [9,10]. However, such exhibits are often limited in the level of interactivity they afford, which is known to be a key factor in informal science education [12,13].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationMechanical Engineering
StatePublished - Mar 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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