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BYU Students Create Animatronic Cougar

June 2022

Designed to introduce plays and similar events, “Cosmotron,” as he is fondly known, will bring added school spirit to BYU performances. Two BYU engineering capstone teams and a group of theatre and media arts students worked together to build an animatronic cougar for the theatre department.

This COVID-era project provided hands-on application of principles taught in classes. “I have spent the last five years learning equations but applying them like this is really amazing because you can really understand how all those puzzle pieces fit together,” said Clare Lore, a recent BYU grad who was a member of one of the engineering teams.

Funds donated by alumni and friends of the university make experiences like these possible for thousands of students each year.

Read more at BYU News.