Students will build an electronic monitoring and control system to germinate plants, monitor their conditions and modify the variables to maximise growth. The plant choice will be guided by the community, based around the theme of Bush Foods and Medicines. Students will attach sensors (e.g. soil humidity, temperature, pH and light) to a microcomputer or microcontroller (e.g. Arduino). They will use coding to collect and display data from the sensors and use this information to maintain good growth conditions, such as providing the correct volume of water to promote growth without over-watering. They can also 3D print parts of the irrigation system and seasonal bush foods and medicinal plants.
The project can be shared among several classes. The climatic conditions where your school is located should be taken into consideration.