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CCNY Spitzer Students Win Art & Science Leonardo DaVinci Challenge

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Art + Science Leonardo da Vinci Challenge winners Johannah Deegan (left) and Zara Tamton

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.

Architecture majors Johannah Deegan and Zara Tamton are winners of the inaugural Art + Science Leonardo da Vinci Challenge at The City College of New York. The team won for their artwork entitled “Flock,” which was created by using robots and coding.

Teams of two or more students submitted artwork expressing a scientific principle, concept, idea, process, and/or structure. A panel, using criteria based on both scientific and artistic considerations, named Deegan and Tamton, from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, winners.

The team created “Flock” by using Arduino microcontrollers, a procedural text based software, to build and program two robots to create human-like strokes and lines. The C++ language commanded the servomotors to rotate at varying speeds in different directions.

The two rotating servomotors were attached to arms that drew the underlying ink layer with a pen. A vibrating robot painted the colored overlay by moving bristles that brushed paint along the page.

About The City College of New York

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship.  Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.

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