PUFFER: NASA’s Origami Robot

robot3 NASA’s latest Mars rover robot defies R1 students’ vision of what robots can be. Students had drawn robots from their imagination and built them with cardboard, complete with a head, arms, legs, rocket boosters and even a smile. They were certain all robots needed these essential body parts to walk, run and blast off. Their cardboard robot was nearly complete when they were challenged with this video of PUFFER, a Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This self-folding robot can perform all of the robot tasks R1 expected–without any of the essential robot body parts. What did they do? Stay tuned…..

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