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Teenager designs tree farm to fight deforestation

10 Oct 2021

Network of BBC micro:bits control and maintain tree growth in automated tree farm design

Ali is a student in Lebanon and his automated tree farm project is a response to the impacts of forest fires in his country, the problem he has identified is the lack of replanting and replacing lost trees in forest fires. Ali’s work provides a design solution to apply the benefits of technology and automation to tree farming, to rebuild the lost forest habitats through the mass planting of young trees.

Since 2019, Lebanon has been suffering from a sharp increase in the number of bushfires and no proper reforestation… I believe my solution can help in the reforestation of the forests in Lebanon and can reverse its effect on climate change.

Ali, winner 15 to 18-year-old category in the Middle East.



Part of Ali's design

Part of Ali's design

Ali is this year’s winner in the do your :bit category for 8 to 14-year-olds in the Middle East. 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.

A video explaining how the automatic tree farm works.

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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