BUILD A REMOTE-CONTROL VENUS FLYTRAP

Explore biorobotics with a carnivorous plant that bites on command!

Written by Jordan Husney and Dr. Sasha Wright

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Matthew Billington

IN THIS FUN, EASY PROJECT YOU’LL create a remote-controlled Venus flytrap by connecting an Arduino microcontroller to specific locations on a leaf with homemade electrodes and learn how biological action potentials can be triggered with small electrical signals. It’s affordable, takes less than 90 minutes to put together (plus around 24 hours for the flytrap to rest), and makes a great classroom demonstration. Add a wi-fi module and second circuit to sense when the leaf closes, ...

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