Zobits is a generative building toy that informs on systems thinking in ecologies. The toy encompasses a set of 16 Zobits figurines each representing a different ecological player and a 4-slot play pad. 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 come to understand the factors necessary to balance and sustain an ecosystem.

Awarded the 2021 Henry Armero Award for Creative Inclusivity.

Sebastian Carpenter, Alyssa Lee, Emily Zhou

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

More images of Zobits can be found in this photo archive.