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The Semi-autonomous Tracking Robot with Instrumentation for Data-acquisition and Environmental Research (STRIDER) is conceptualized as a wireless controlled aquatic robot with the capability of taking water samples as well as in-situ water quality data. STRIDER can be operated into either salt or freshwater to provide water quality data at the surface as well as at specified depths over a representative area over a chosen water body. The STRIDER team consists of a small group of engineering majors as well as students from other fields collaborating to meet the requirements set by scientists at the Environmental Monitoring and Food Safety Laboratory (EMFSL) of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); under the advice of a few faculty members at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). STRIDER currently has the capability of providing critical geo-located measurements; pH, Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), and Dissolved Oxygen (DO) values at the surface and other specified depths. This data can be interpolated over the surface, as well as across the depth to provide a three-dimensional representation of the variation of water quality parameters of a chosen water body. This project has allowed for the development of multidisciplinary research and experiential learning framework to engage students at UMES within and outside the classroom. Many different components of engineering design, environmental sciences, and other related fields are integral to this project. An overview of the design challenges and accomplishments of the team are provided in this work.
Gardner, B. M., & Nagchaudhuri, A., & Pandya, J. R., & Joshi, R., & Bickle, F. L., & Williams, M. E. (2020, June), STRIDER (Semi-autonomous Tracking Robot with Instrumentation for Data-acquisition and Environmental Research): Pitfalls and Successes of a Vertically Integrated Experiential Learning Project Spanning Multiple Years Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35214
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