This project will guide students through the process of building a model autonomous search and rescue craft. The ASR (Autonomous Search and Rescue) Craft is based on a “Springer” model tug boat, although any model wooden boat that has (or can be modified to have) 2 propellers would be appropriate. The craft is fitted with a series of sensors that detect body heat. Once the ASR Craft detects heat, an Arduino will assess the information from the sensors and power 2 small electric motors that are attached to propellers to turn towards the target. Once the target is directly in front of the ASR Craft it will navigate straight forward to it.

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