NarwhalEdu Kickstarter

2013 (Kickstarter in Nov.)

After graduating, I recruited my friend Cappie Pomeroy, and together we founded an educational company, NarwhalEdu, to highlight the creative side of engineering. Our class, “Introduction to Engineering,” was accompanied by a drawing robot arm of our own design, and raised over twenty thousand dollars on Kickstarter while reaching over ninety students around the world.

We taught it on EdX with the permission of MIT's Director of Digital Learning, Prof. Sanjay Sarma. We shipped ninety robotics kits on time and on-budget. Hanna Lin helped with the mechanical design and more over Summer 2013.

We were accepted into the 2013 MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator. By focusing on hands-on online learning, we sought to address flaws we saw in our own education, such as the tendency to rely on funding, teacher resources, and large teams not available in rural settings, as well as the focus on competitions that skewed heavily male.

What I did:

Our backers around the world

Our robot arm

Drawing a narwhal

Copying the motions of a mock arm

Drawing what was drawn on the screen

Drawing a face using edge-detection on an image

Our class on EdX

Shipping kits

Kickstarter Video


Hexapod Conference

May 2013

I won a de Florez Fund for Humor grant to organize Hexacon, the world's first hexapod conference, with over thirty attendees, including Prof. Sangbae Kim from MIT and Prof. Aaron Hoover from Olin as speakers. For the conference, I lasercut hexapod earrings and also made paper hexapod kits using the designs from the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at Berkeley.

What I did:

Prof. Kim giving a presentation Prof. Sangbae Kim giving a presentation at Hexacon

RoaCH demo at Hexacon RoaCH demo at Hexacon

Lasercut hexapod earrings (by Nancy Ouyang) Lasercut hexapod earrings by Nancy Ouyang

Shirt stencil (by Dane Kouttron) Hexacon shirt stencil by Dane Kouttron

Poster (by Cynthia Lu) Hexacon poster by Cynthia Lu

For more information including videos, see the "Post-Event" tab on


LED Grad Cap

June 2013

For my graduation cap, I used RGB LED strips to spell out "MIT" and then used a simple fade effect to display all the colors. The breadboard was potted in hot glue and a lipo velcro'd to the underside as well.

What I did:

Top view

Side view


Blog post with more information

EL Wire Workshop

April 2013

I (together with Julia Hopkins and Cynthia Lu) won a de Florez Humor Fund Grant to run workshops and create performance art using wirelessly controllable electroluminecent wire clothing. We used Bluetooth and Teensyduino to create the boards.

What I did:

Testing the fit

Workshop students