Monarch Team

University of Colorado - Boulder, 2000 - $6,500

This grant supported development of a commercial version of an educational plush toy that realistically models the life stages of the Monarch butterfly. The toy, which was developed in collaboration with scientists at a local butterfly farm, is highly accurate and interactive, allowing the user to physically transform it from larva to pupa to emergent adult butterfly. The team of engineering students enlisted faculty advisors in engineering and business, as well as mentors from The Butterfly Pavilion, a local nature museum. The team planned to develop patent protection, redesign the prototype for manufacturability and cost, and develop a marketing plan.