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Pupil designs smart plant wall

24 Sep 2021

Challenge winner Jingyu Xiao designed an automatically retracting plant wall that can be protected from typhoons

In China, Jingyu Xiao liked seeing plant walls in his city but wanted to protect them from the frequent typhoons that hit. He created a smart living wall that could automatically retract and extend according to the weather forecast. He also added a soil moisture sensor to ensure the plant wall was appropriately watered.

Jingyu Xiao

Jingyu Xiao

This creative use of technology is the winning entry in the 2021 8 to 14-year-old BBC micro:bit working solution category for Asia and Pacific. It relates to issues relevant to the UN Global Goal 13 Climate Action.

The do your :bit challenge is an annual competition which sets young people the challenge to innovate and design solutions relevant to the impacts of the Global Goals that are meaningful to them.

In Shenzhen, there are skyscrapers with glass walls everywhere. When I look up in the sky, glass always occupies my vision. I would like people to see more green vegetation in our home rather than glass.

Jingyu Xiao, winner, 8 to 14-year-old BBC micro:bit working solution category for Asia and Pacific.

Smart plant wall, a video submitted to the 2021 do your :bit Global Goals challenge

Children and young people innovating with technology

The do your :bit challenge adds social purpose to digital learning and allows students to apply their digital skills to real world solutions. All projects and lesson resources are available for free and entries can be submitted into two age-range categories, 8 to 14-year-olds and 15 to 18-year-olds. 8 to 14-year-olds can submit either a paper prototype or working micro:bit solution.

Read about all of this year’s winning entries.

The next do your :bit challenge opens in early 2022, you can find out more about the challenge and access Global Goals project resources and lessons here.

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