Team Antipodes – an all-girls robotic team from Pacifica, California – has participated in a number of prestigious DIY competitions within the rapidly growing Maker Movement over the years.
Most recently, the Antipodes crew was spotted next to the Arduino and Atmel booths at Maker Faire in the Bay Area showcasing a DIY remote controlled (RC) model maglev with electromagnetic propulsion.
As the folks at the Arduino blog note, a maglev is just like a conventional train but instead of wheels it has magnets – and levitates!
“At the 2010-2011 FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) World Championships in St. Louis, Dean Kamen challenged the competitors to create something extraordinary, something that would change the world,” an Antipodes blog post explained.
“We immediately thought to complete our original vision of a remote controlled hybrid maglev model that would inspire future engineers (other kids) and companies to make maglev advances that would build on our hybrid maglev idea.”
The maglev, which won the Maker Faire Editor’s Choice blue ribbon, is powered by Arduino’s UNO and wireless Protoshield, along with a number of other components you can read about here.