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Bottle Cap Fish

Entry ID #: 9837
Created: Mon, May 31, 2021 8:58 PM

I was surprised when I found out that my community does not recycle plastic bottle caps because they are made of a different type of plastic than the rest of the plastic bottle. This encouraged me to develop a recycle bot that would not only capture peoples’ attention to educate them about the importance of recycling but also to give people a location to deposit their bottle caps so that they can be transported to a site that is able to recycle them. I believed the best way for my robot to capture peoples’ attention would be for it to be interactive and show the importance of recycling in a new and creative way. This inspired me to use recycled parts to create an automaton, a mechanism in which the turning of a crank or other input triggers the movement of another mechanism. My automaton involves a fish made from plastic and a crank that when rotated would cause the fish to make a swimming motion. I  also put statistics about plastic pollution on my robot and I have a container with information concerning how our community does not recycle bottle caps and how placing them in the container will allow them to be recycled.

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