Using the naming convention for ships, this research-creation vehicle (R/C/V) is the main field vehicle of the Institute. Research vessels are designed to carry out particular purposes, and the Putt-Putt is a 2010 Ford Transit Connect that has been outfitted to carry equipment and be a home base. Putt-Putt is capable of sleeping 2 comfortably for several day research excursions. Many of the containers for research gear were specifically fabricated for the vehicle. Putt-Putt is also used to transport program participants, to generate power, to hide from the elements, as a writing studio, and for a variety of other purposes. Putt-Putt takes it’s name for the slow but steady way it climbs hills with its 4 cylinder engine.