Amphibious Robot

Amphibious vehicles is a craft which travels on both land and water. And it doesn’t need to be limited to just cars. There are amphibious bicycles, buses, and RVs. Hovercraft are amphibious, too!

Amphibious crafts started back in the 1800s as steam-powered barges. In the 1950s, the German Schimmwagen was a small jeep that could travel in water as well as on land. The most popular amphibious vehicle on the market is the 1960 Amphibicar (photo shown left) and later the Gibbs Aquada.

The secret to making an amphibious vehicle is this: it must be designed so it floats in water (it must be watertight and buoyant) and robust enough to travel on land. Many amphibious creations either leaked, sank, or never made it off the drawing board. But that’s what being a scientist is all about: coming up with an overall goal and figuring out a way to overcome the problems faced along the way.

We’re going to build our own version using items like water bottles and hobby motors. Are you ready?
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5 Responses to “Amphibious Robot”
  1. Susan Williamson says:

    this was so cool we loved it

  2. Aurora says:

    Is the propeller in the water or above the water? It should move in some fashion since water is such a low friction environment. Can you send a picture?

  3. BJ Lackey says:

    Our robot’s propeller moves but the robot doesn’t, any suggestions?

  4. Aurora says:

    You can use a scrap piece cardboard, or a block of foam from packing material, or anything about that size and lightweight.

  5. Jessie Lin says:

    Could you tell me where to get foam block or other supplement? Thanks,

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