Project Category: Science Education

Inspiration and Product Explanation

Our team of programmers and developers met as teammates in a AUV competition with students throughout the Philadelphia region. However, we found that the process could be optimized by reducing the amount of time spent calculating fluid dynamics like buoyancy and density. Furthermore, facing the Covid-19 pandemic, we can no longer utilize a physical bot. Students throughout the Philadelphia area are left without resources to continue learning about UAVs, a crucial scientific technology. To address this issue, we created a virtual model of each bot component to allow teams to visualize the mechanics that they will digitally troubleshoot in this year’s competition.

How we built it

The website was created with HTML CSS on Qoom. The augmented reality and 3d experiences are hosted by echoAR, and the models were created by our team in Autodesk Inventor. The buoyancy calculator was written in Javascript and embedded into the site.

Challenges we ran into

All components of the bot in the AR experience can not be visualized at the same time. In order to do so, we would have needed to utilize Unity and AR compatible mobile devices.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud to take active steps to increase science education about UAVs with our site information.

What we learned

Each of us took on the aspect of the project that we were most unfamiliar with. Each of us experimented with new coding languages and software. We are grateful to Nucleotide and it's sponsors for being the foundation of this new knowledge.

What's next for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Development Assistant (AUVDA)

Unity Integration, more calculations, and more AUV models!

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