ReefBot team at the December 2010 exhibit opening / photo: Joey Kennedy

ReefBot is a Pittsburgh-based team of individuals committed to developing and using underwater robotic technology for the purpose of ocean exploration, education, and coral reef conservation.

ReefBot recognizes the importance of inspiring young children to explore and love the world they live in. Thanks to the development of novel robotic technology, young children can now become virtual explorers of the underwater world of the coral reefs.

In 2010, ReefBot, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, will launch an interactive children’s exhibit at the Aquarium, featuring a remote controlled underwater robot that can see, recognize and identify fish species in the Aquarium’s Big Ocean tank.

The ReefBot exhibit will offer a one-of-a-kind participatory experience designed to teach children about underwater exploration, the vitality and biodiversity of coral reefs, and the importance of coral reef conservation. The exhibit is anticipated to open in the fall of 2010.

The ReefBot exhibit is supported in part by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Mellon University, and Spark, a program of The Sprout Fund.

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