Ben Finio
Cornell: Air-powered soft robots
Cornell: Air-powered soft robots

During my time at Harvard I received one question over and over again from parents and teachers upon seeing my presentation about bio-inspired robots: “That’s awesome. How can we build these robots at home/in my classroom?” Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t have the resources to develop a set of directions for at-home or classroom […]

Science Buddies
Science Buddies

ScienceBuddies.org is a science education nonprofit that provides free directions and walk-throughs for various do-it-yourself science and engineering projects. I joined the organization in September 2012 as a writer and content developer. Here are some of the projects I’ve written, currently available on the Science Buddies website: • Invisible Force LEGO Robot • Art Bot […]

Tufts: LEGO Robotics
Tufts: LEGO Robotics

I spent the summer of 2012 as a postdoctoral researcher at the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). The CEEO has a strong connection with LEGO and has numerous joint education/engineering research projects aimed at understanding how students at the K-12 level learn about and understand science and engineering. I entered the […]

Harvard: K-12 STEM Outreach
Harvard: K-12 STEM Outreach

As a graduate student at Harvard, I had the unique opportunity to speak at many schools in the Boston area, as well as local and national science museums. I lead the lab’s K-12 outreach program from 2009 to 2012 and developed a family-friendly, non-technical introduction and overview of many different robots that we built in […]

Harvard: Robobees
Harvard: Robobees

Please contact me for permission to re-use any of the photos on this page. Some photos remain copyright of the original photographer and I only have permission to use them on my personal site. Robobees is a multidisciplinary project at Harvard University, headed by my Ph.D. thesis advisor, Prof. Rob Wood of the Microrobotics Lab. […]

Harvard: Custom micro force/torque sensors
Harvard: Custom micro force/torque sensors

The following is an older post written while I was a graduate student at Harvard. Final details about my work on custom micro force/torque sensors can be found in Chapter 5 of my thesis. One of the challenges of working with microrobots is that off-the-shelf experimental equipment is frequently not appropriate for the work we […]