Birch Buddies

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are specifically looking for Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Visual Arts majors.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to connect Birch Aquarium visitors to the rich history behind the Hall of Fishes and world-renowned research by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. To do so, we seek to create an interactive component to complement the exhibits within the Hall of Fishes that instead of drawing attention away from the fish, supplements the aquarium experience.

Possible Solutions

Replace static information/ placards with an interactive component that will be continuously updated display the relevant information for the given exhibit.


Current Status of the Project


  •      Iterating on the design that houses the monitors
  •      Acquire additional monitors and adapt the mounting system to accommodate the wide display box
  •      Test the housing that drops fluorescent voltage for Raspberry Pi compatibility


  •      Create static display that provides the names of the organisms that are currently present in the tank
  •      Debugging and iterating on the previous system to ensure smooth operations for both aquarium visitors and administrators



  •      Prototype the interactive display system that will be used for the exhibits
  •      Create appropriate blueprint for technician to install system


  • Tackle remaining bugs and software issues from previous prototype

Community Partners

  • Birch Aquarium - Their mission is to provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation.
  • The Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Their mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Team Members

  • Amber Chau
  • Andrew Nguyen
  • Philip Kim
  • Isaac Lian
  • Qinyun Cai
  • Tyler Cuddy

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Dale Stokes

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Ishan Timalsina