When a group of East Brisbane State School students noticed their school oval drying out due to overshadowing high-rises and parking overflow from the Gabba, they desperately wanted to help their much-admired groundskeeper, Mr Lance.
So they all put their heads together and got to work problem solving. The result: The Super Smart Sprinkler.
Year 5–6 students Lucy, Sonia, Evie, Ruby, Diego and Nicholas are part of the school’s extracurricular Advanced ICT Club, coordinated by Head of Curriculum Gale Brackenreg and 2 dedicated parent volunteers Professor Daniel Angus and Greg Smyth.
Ms Brackenreg said the goal of the project was a healthy and green oval for students to play on, while learning about technology.
'Our students used the Arduino electronics platform to create soil and environmental sensors and pump controls to hook into the existing rain water tanks and automatically detect when the oval requires watering, saving on water and optimising the oval’s health,' she said.
'They even built in a motion sensor to ensure that stray patrons or students don’t cop an accidental shower!'
The team were recognised for their clever work earlier this year, taking out first place at the Queensland State Final of the
Young ICT Explorers competition (Year 5–6 category).
Now qualifying for the nationals, the students are busily working to install their successful prototype sprinkler this term.
Mr Lance said he was very grateful to the students for helping out with his daily chores.
For more information visit the
East Brisbane State School website.