Students build robot to help Denver Zoo study endangered frogs in Peru

The Denver Post
by Yesenia Robles

A group of 10 high school students on Saturday tested an underwater robot they built to replace human divers in search of a rare frog at South America’s Lake Titicaca.

For about five years, scientists from the Denver Zoo have been helping officials in South America doing population surveys of a frog that is found only living underwater in Lake Titicaca and is known for doing push-ups.

But at an altitude of 12,500 feet and with temperatures around 50 degrees, humans can only go down about 30 feet, so zoo officials asked students from the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Academy at Skyline High School in Longmont to help them build a robot that could go deeper.

“I mean, we’re helping frogs up in Peru. The fact that they asked high school students to help build this, it’s amazing,” said 16-year-old Callie Meyers one of the 10 students who worked on the robot project.

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