Students are introduced to automated plant management by designing an extended experiment to test the BTS Mini FarmBot units and evaluate the optimum growth conditions for a range of plants.
The Mini FarmBot units use a programmable platform and a range of sensors and actuators to tightly control growth conditions. The Mini FarmBots also incorporate sustainable farming principles such as a wicking bed irrigation system and alternative growth mediums. The system has been designed to require minimal maintenance during the testing period, freeing students to monitor plant growth and system performance.
Learn about the Mini FarmBot and its components. The students will complete an introduction to programming workshop and learn how to control sensors and calibrate them where necessary.
Undertake a series of pre-experiment workshops on the properties of the growth medium and the functioning of the Mini FarmBot system.
Complete the setup of the Mini FarmBot unit to take back to school for 3 weeks to observe and collect experimental results and draw conclusions.