Media Contacts

For press inquiries and other news-related questions please click here. Read More

Olin in the news

For recent media coverage please click here. Read More

Return To News


For Principles of Engineering, an Olin College team set out to create a mobile terrarium, shaped like a turtle, which would wander into and out of sunlight to care for the plant on its back. Each step would be autonomous, the choice a combination of where the light was, where obstacles stood, and other sensory data. The individual learning goals, ranging from learning more about sensors and control to practicing rapid-iterative mechanical prototyping (and more) blended together into the idea of Terrapin.

To find out more about their learning goals, go to the Terrapin website

Here's a look at the mobile terrarium in action: