MAML (Mouth-Activated Marshmallow Launcher)
Scott, Zac, Jibreel, Jayce, Fabian, Renee, Fred
MAML (Mouth-Activated Marshmallow Launcher) was designed to be an autonomous launcher to showcase at Engineering Expo 2017 to engage the crowd of K-12 students and inspire their pursuit of a STEM education. Using a Raspberry Pi and webcam to detect faces using Computer Vision, then using that data to adjust servos to aim the barrel, MAML automatically launched marshmallows at its human target using air compression. The idea came from two roommates, Zac and Scott, who wanted to make engineering more appealing to younger generations. The launcher was also featured at Relay for Life, a fundraising event for cancer awareness and featured in an Oracle article.
Courtney Loughry, Cole Schnitzer, Ivan Chekerev
MECH provided the funding necessary for a small group of members to successfully build a quadcopter. The frame consisted of two pieces of extruded aluminum in an X shape with 3D printed blade guards and electronics box. The motors were operated using four separate speed controllers, all wired to a flight controller. The flight controller was programmed using the program Mission Planner. One lithium ion battery strapped to the bottom of the copter was used to power all of the on-board electronics. In all, the project provided great experience and was the gateway for more ambitions future projects.