Date of Award

Spring 6-7-2021

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christie Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. James Walker

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Christie Chaney


Unmanned Robotic Boat, Plastic Pollution, Ocean Cleanup


Trash is polluting our world’s oceans and water sources rapidly. Studies estimate about 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year with 0.8 to 2.7 million metric tons entering through rivers. ARTEMIS is designed to help mitigate the influx of trash into the ocean by cleaning up trash in our local waterways. ARTEMIS is for drone enthusiasts, hobbyists, and those who are passionate about ocean cleanup. The purpose of designing a consumer-based device is to engage a wide range of people. Through the fun activity of collecting trash using ARTEMIS, we hope to spark people’s interest to learn more about the harm caused by trash in the ocean. Therefore, as people learn more, they begin to wrestle with the disparities we uphold in the global society. The effects of trash in the ocean disproportional affect the minorities and people of color. Richer countries often exploit that environment around them, while passing off the negative consequences of their actions to lower-income people. This in effect dehumanizes lower-income areas as they get passed off the negative consequences that are unwanted by the richer countries without any concern for their humanity. The goal of ARTEMIS is not only to mitigate the inflow of trash into the ocean but also awareness of how western culture's blindness to the negative consequences of their actions is dehumanizing for the people that have to take on those consequences.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program

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