Thanks to the SAG grants I have received, self-directed research has become a primary focus of my undergraduate education. This semester I participated in two SAG funded research projects: Amoebots, a project that aimed to develop a novel toroidal drive system and Mechanics of Origami Structures, where we attempted to design a glider using origami techniques. Each project taught me a significant lessons that will be invaluable as I continue performing research.
Our independent research for the semester looked at applying the principles of origami structures and
mechanisms design to creating a self deploying glider. This investigation is a continuation of a summer research project done by Olin students in the summer of 2017.