Project Brief

Ethan Amedee

Near the LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an extensive amount of litter has collected near a drainage ditch off one of the lakes and created an unsightly view, a foul smell, and a harmful effect to the surrounding area’s ecosystem. This has caused a decrease in visible aquatic activity, correlating to a decrease in the amount of fish found in the lakes. Obviously with the lack of fish, people who would normally go fishing in these lakes would go fishing elsewhere. Fishermen are not the only people that have suffered though. Kayakers, paddle boarders, joggers, ect. have also been affected the unattractive sights and smells resulting in them finding elsewhere to enjoy their leisure time. To fix this plight, the Trash Wrangler has been developed. The Trash Wrangler is a remote controlled boat tethered to a docking station that doubles as a trashcan to store the bottles, styrofoam, and other pieces of garbage that the Trash Wrangler collects.

The Trash Wrangler is actually fairly simple; it uses an RC boat made of not much more than a floating body, a battery, a motorized fan, a servo, and a signal receiver that allows the entire boat to be manually piloted, via a wireless controller, around any nearby trash of various sizes in the lake. These littered items will then be corralled by a floating buoy or ‘BOOM’ that is connected to both the back end of the RC boat and the docking station/trash disposal area. Once the trash is corralled and the RC boat returns back to the other end of the docking station, a ratchet controlling the amount of the ‘BOOM’ that is released will then be manually cranked with a handle to reel all of the buoy in along with all of the collected trash. Thus, the trash corralled by the RC boat will be confined to the trash can for easy pick up. Because the RC boat has been docked, it will no longer need to be controlled, allowing the operator to easily transport a trash bag from the trash can inside the docking station to a larger trash can to permanently dispose of the litter.

With all of the trash being corralled and disposed of by the Trash Wrangler, the joggers, kayakers, paddleboarders, fishermen, and anyone else looking to enjoy their time surrounded by a beautiful scenery will return to the LSU Lakes because the removal of all of the trash coincides with the cease of the unpleasant smells and unattractive views. This will also bring an end to the chemicals released by the trash, allowing a better environment for aquatic growth, thus renewing the ecosystem. With these improvements to the park, the fish will benefit, locals will benefit, and the Louisiana reputation will benefit from the good impressions on visitors passing through the city. 

Project Brief

Lathan Minton

The Doombah is a stump destroying monster that would be used to remove stumps underwater. Specifically, it would be used in the LSU lakes as this is a very big problem in our community. The design of the Doombah ended up being 2 triangle shape frames that had a "T" shape arm attached, which helps to hold the saw blades. Around the two frames were tank-like treads for mobility.

With the LSU lakes being extremely shallow, the ecosystem around them is being damaged. The only way to fix this problem is by dredging. Now dredging is the process of digging out soil to deepen a body of water. It has been decades since the lakes were dredged, and last time only a small portion was actually dredged due to the excessive number of stumps. During the creation of the lake, a cypress forest was cut down and most of the stumps were left to be covered up. The Doombah would be able to go in and remove these stumps opening up the possibility of dredging again. 

There are a number of ways these lakes affect Baton Rouge. Firstly, they are apart of LSU which is a huge community here. Secondly, hundreds of homes sit next to the lakes. This is why the option to drain the lakes has been completely removed although being the easiest. With the Doombah and the help of companies like GEC and BREC, this project could possibly be the solution. Also a collaboration with the company Marsh Master would be huge. Creating an attachment for the March Master to go in and clear stumps would be very efficient.      

The Poacher Brief

Cruz Crawford

The Poacher is a machine that apprehends invasive species of flora and disposes of them. It operates with a main flat body with electrical components on top, four spiked wheels for traction on all terrain, and pinchers in the front to extract and uproot unwanted plants. The robot is remote control operated much like a remote control car and works to make work easier for the human controlling it.

The Poacher is able to help get rid of unwanted growth in any environment. It was created specifically for the LSU lakes to clear out the invasive species of Elephant Ear plants that line the banks but could be used in a number of different environments for many plants with the proper modifications.

The project helps functionally clean up the areas surrounding lakes, while also helping make them look nicer so as to make the lakes an attraction for people who live both in and out of Baton Rouge. The Poacher helps make the Baton Rouge community happier and helps the environment healthier. It could inspire projects all over the United States to clean up cities’ natural features to make them more attractive destinations.

The technology behind The Poacher is all based in Arduino. It is a system of servo motors that allow different parts of the robot to move. The technology created for this design is not anything new electronically, but the design is revolutionary. Where other machines have wheels or treads, The Poacher has throwing star-like wheels to cover all terrain and innovative pinchers to pull up roots of plants instead of cutting them down.

Project Brief

Christian Clayson

Our project, The Poacher, is a wooden floor that then has multiple Arduino devices and servos that are devices that are linked to a remote to then move the bot. We have ninja star legs that are able to dig into the muddy and dirty ground that is then able to move up and down the muddy and inclined terrain. The bot has these claws on the end of the bot which acts almost like forceps which then takes the elephant ears from its roots and removes the plant. Elephant Ears are an invasive species of plant that are taking over the banks of the LSU lakes. The area of Louisiana that the lakes are in, is in zone 9 of the USDA Hardiness Map which is right where it is perfect for elephant Ears to grow year round. This is part of why it is so difficult to get rid of them here.

Our project changes and removes the Overpopulation of Elephant ears which have poisonous roots and stems. The Poacher is intended for LSU and maybe GEC. Our project is helping the LSU lakes visitors as well as wildlife from being threatened by poisonous stems.  It can change the LSU area from being a safe place, as well as the elephant ears can be a problem for the site of the actual lakes.

We would be using a drone remote and link it to the Arduino which when then be able to grab the elephant ears and pull the stem from these plants out of the roots. Elephant ears are an invasive species in Louisiana. We are trying to pull out the elephant ears out from the ground because they are causing hazards for the viewing aspect of the lakes. In addition, the stem is poisonous towards animals and people’s skin.

Project Breif

Tanner Morales

Our project records data through a temperature probe. The robot then send the information that it records back to a stream called a bayou stream. From here we send the information we receive to GEC so they can assess different issues. Why are we doing this? By recording the temperature of the water and possibly measuring the Ph of the water, we can assess the problem and fix it. As of right now, the water is not at the right temperature nor the right Ph. Mattering because it is affecting the ecosystem in a negative way. As I am sure, you know just a few degrees change in the water can wreck an ecosystem especially here in Baton Rouge.

The different materials used to construct the robot is 3D printed Ceramic discs, PVC pipe, Foam life preserver, and of course steel nuts and bolts to hold it together. Getting deeper into it we also attached a temperature probe to it via a 3d printed ceramic part.   The technical build involves a battery pack, Arduino, Adafruit Feather, and an Adafruit Fona. These parts all work together to get the data back to the bayou stream. The Arduino is the basics of the operation and what really powers all of the other devices. The probe collects the data through the Arduino then sends it to the feather which turns it into a code which the Fona can read. The Fona then sends it to the Bayou Stream. This is how we record our data.  

Our project is important to the World because it could potentially change the world of marine biology or other fields dealing with water. By recording the data and sending it back to a stream, it could be helpful to the scientists. The question it may raise is what is it and how will it help? Well it's basically a  moveable temperature probe robot  that records data itself and sends it directly to  you.

As mentioned previously this will  greatly help marine biologist all over the world. If handled the right way this will greatly increase and help  ecosystems all around the world as well, this would ultimately impact all habitats and make the overall mood of the habitats surrounding people happier.

The basic technology is involved and linked together using products from Adafruit. I have never seen anything like this before especially not one that can do multiple things like recording two different things. It is also very versatile as it can go anywhere especially if a motor was added. A user sets the robot up once which is the first time and then does not have to mess with it anymore unless the batteries need to be replaced.




Reflection

Stephen Barker

The “soul” of my project is to enlighten the inhabitants around the LSU lakes about the water quality while sending live data to an onshore facility. The “body” of my project is a hexagonal polygon that floats in the LSU lakes using styrofoam. 

The WaterBeacon® helps to solve the lack of communication between the researchers and the people living around the LSU Lakes. Through the use of LEDs, it provides an easy way to communicate to the people living near LSU Lakes that the quality of water is not optimal. The WaterBeacon® helps to smooth over communication for the researchers and the nearby inhabitants of the lakes. The WaterBeacon® changes the world because it takes data automatically, which allows it to be deployed in any body of water. The freedom of putting the WaterBeacon® in any body of water will allow more communication about the water quality in the public. 

The WaterBeacon® answers the question of “How to alert the community”, but it does not answer “How it will fix the problem”. The communication aspect is just to bring the water quality issue to the attention of the people and it is their responsibility to fix the mess. This project is for the people who use the LSU lakes. The project alerts the people who are walking around or who are canoeing in the Lakes. The basic technology behind the WaterBeacon® is an LED strip that has an array of colors changes based on the data that the Arduino receives from the dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and conductivity sensors. The innovative aspect of the WaterBeacon® is that there was no way to take real live data and have it sent to an onshore facility. The user interacts with the project through sight, the deep red of the WaterBeacon® should worry them because that means the environment around them is not at its peak. 

Project Brief

Thomas DeMouy
  • The soul of the project is the fish finder; it is the main component for achieving the goals of the project.
  • The body of the project is the boat hull. This is the platform which supports the fish finder, the soul of the project.
  •   A. The project helps combat the ongoing deterioration of the LSU lakes.

         B. The project helps Baton Rouge and LSU.

         C. The project could revolutionize data gathering technologies.

         D. The main technical question is the implementation of the fish finder.

4. The project gathers data for the engineering companies that will be paid to refurbish the lake.

5.    A. The project uses a servo motor for steering, a motor with an aerial propeller for propulsion, and two battery packs.

         B. The most innovative aspect of the project is the use of a fish finder and GPS to measure depth and location simultaneously.

         C. The boat and its components will be autonomous, minimizing necessary user interaction.

Project Brief

Owen Johnson

The idea of the Stump Destroyer is to efficiently and discretely clear stumps out of the bottom of the LSU lakes. The design of the project is based on a triangle. The triangle has two treads on the sides. In between the two treads is the body. Attached to the body are two arms with four spinning saw blades between them

This project exists to aid in the cleaning up of the LSU lakes. The LSU lakes are incredibly unhealthy and need to be cleaned. In order to get the lakes to a healthier state, the lakes need to be dredged. The lakes, however, cannot be dredged currently because there are so many large cypress stumps on the floor of the lakes that are in the way. The Stump Destroyer would clear the stumps out and allow the lakes to be dredged easier. 

This project is for GEC Engineering Consultants. They have an extensive master plan for cleaning up the LSU lakes, and our project could play a role in that. The bot could be brought out to the lakes for a few hours at a time. Someone would pilot the robot remotely, using cameras and sensors to find stumps. Once a stump is located, the pilot will lower the robots two blade arms. The blades, rotating at high speeds, will grind up the stumps.  One concern is that the bot may not be big enough for the massive stumps. Our bot's technology, however, could be adapted to the Marsh Master. The Marsh Master is incredible at navigating the terrain of the LSU lakes. It can easily navigate the flocculent layer. An attachment could be made for the Marsh Master that grinds the stumps up, like our robot.        

Project Brief

Hayes Hofman

The doombah is used to destroy stumps and remove them from the LSU lakes, making it easier to dredge them. It is made from three main parts, two upside down T frames, a main, flat body, and a sawblade array. The T-frames are attached to the edges, and are used to hold together the gears and the treads which are used to move the bot. The main body consists of a thin, flat board connecting the two T frames. Attached to the body are two arms, which hold an array of sawblades and the motor used to turn them.

The LSU Lakes are very shallow, and the large build up of the flocculent layer will only make it shallower. To fix this we need to dredge the lake and remove the built up sediment, but this is impossible due to the large amount of stumps in the lakes. One proposed method for removing the stumps would be to drain all of the water out of the Lakes and then remove the stumps, but this would create an eyesore where the lakes used to be. The lakes are a major drawing point for LSU, so they would rather the lakes not be drained at all. Our bot would circumvent the draining of the lakes by removing the stumps while under water, allowing the lakes to stay full while being dredged. People would still be able to enjoy the lakes while we removed the stumps, making it better for everyone. 

Our project would be used by companies like GEC, who oversee the restoration of the lakes and need to dredge the lakes. Our bot uses basic tread designs to move and an array of saw blades to cut into the stumps. Our bot is designed to move underwater, and would be remote controlled by someone on the shore. We would mount lights and cameras onto the front of the bot so that the person would be able to see the stumps. 

SwampBot Reflection

Tomohiro Niwano

LanternBot is a robot that was designed to collect data on the water quality and share it with the people living around the area. 

LanternBot's design is very similar to that of the water lanterns seen in East Asian countries. Instead of a square base, our robot has a hexagonal base and a hexagonal prism above it, which house the electronic components. There are two parts to the robot: the frame of the robot and the electronics compartment module. The main frame consists of the base and the hexagonal prism, while the electronics compartment module consists of a smaller hexagonal prism with electronics mounted on it, which is placed inside of the larger hexagonal prism of the main frame. The sensors will be sticking out through the hole at the bottom plate of the robot. 

We created LanternBot in order to collect and provide data on the water quality of the LSU lakes, which are known for the bad water quality, to the company called the GEC, who specializes in coastal planning, engineering, and restoration. The data collected through this robot could help them with their LSU lake restoration project. Although our main focus is on the data collection, our robot can also raise awareness of the water quality to the people around the area. This robot is equipped with an LED strip that could emit different colors of light (red, orange, and green), based on the data collected. This would allow us to visualize the water quality of the lakes. We are hoping to raise the awareness of the water quality to the people in the area. 

The LanternBot consists of two simple components: electronics and the body. We are using acrylic panels for the body, which were cut using a laser cutter. The electronics are also very simple as well. We are using a sensor, an LED strip, a battery, and an Arduino. The data collected through the sensor is transferred to Arduino, which then uses that data to determine which color of light to emit on an LED strip. If the water quality is good, it would emit the green light, and if it's bad, it would emit the red light. The innovative part of our project is the use of CAD software and 3D printed parts. In order to assemble our robot, we designed and 3D printed two different joints, which were used to join the panels together. Since our robot is mostly automated, there is a need for a user to interact with the robot. However, users will have many sensor options to choose from. After they chose which sensor they want to use, all they need to do is to place the LanternBot on the water, and see which color the robot will emit.