Zobits is a generative building toy that informs on systems thinking in ecologies. The toy encompasses a 4-slot play pad and a set of 16 Zobits figurines each representing a different ecological player. These range from carnivores and omnivores to grass, lichen, and fungi. Players can select up to 4 Zobits to place on the play pad which will develop into a virtual ecosystem over the course of a week. By experimenting with various combinations, players will learn about the factors necessary to balance and sustain an ecosystem.

Received the 2021 Henry Armero Award for Creative Inclusivity.

Collaborators: Sebastian Carpenter, Alyssa Lee

Funded by: SURG/CW and FRFAF grant programs at Carnegie Mellon University.

Working Prototype


Sample Ecosystems

Sketch Development

CAD Development