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Summer of STEMToday’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Allegra Boverman of members of the MathROOTS program at MIT. Back row, from left: Antonio Monreal and Sofia Dudas. Front row, from left: Brent Avery, Kalyn Younger and Trajan Hammonds.

In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.

Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem.

Now the only sounds in the room were Falt’s voice, explaining every move in her solution, and the click of her chalk moving across the board. She had everyone’s rapt attention.

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Transformers

Transformers

Today’s Spotlight uses a video, by Jonathan Bachrach, showing a simulation of a reconfigurable robot.

The device doesn’t look like much: a caterpillar‑sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home‑workshop drawer. But the technology behind it, and the long‑range possibilities it represents, are quite remarkable.

The little device is called a milli-motein — a name melding its millimeter‑sized components and a motorized design inspired by proteins, which naturally fold themselves into incredibly complex shapes. This minuscule robot may be a harbinger of future devices that could fold themselves up into almost any shape imaginable.

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