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3mE Girls Challenge huge success

Bio-inspired technology

Last Friday during the 3mE Girls Challenge, eighty tech girls in their fourth or fifth year of pre-university education tackled the mechanical engineering challenge of how to make a walking robot that is fast, inventive and sustainable. As inspiration, they were given a short class by Paul Breedveld, Aimee Sakes and Paul Henselmans, experts in the field of bio-inspired technology.

They explained that many mechanical engineering objects are inspired by animals. After seeing several examples of ‘robo-animals’, made of technical Lego, the students set to work. In the inspiring environment of the Autolab the girls brainstormed, which resulted in interesting insights and designs.

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