Students making robot to clean up after Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a blast, but oh the work it takes to clean up. That’s what Tulane instructor Michael Stohlman wanted his students to think about. How do we pick up all those beads and throws and then separate them for re-use?

He made them all do it by hand to get a feel of what’s involved and then they came up with a Lego robot. Not only does it get all the beads up, it separates them by color! It even grabs garbage.

The invention could save thousands of man hours by doing the job itself. The class showed off their invention on Wednesday at the Arc of Greater New Orleans by showcasing four different Lego-made robots.


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