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Tree conservation inspires product design

13 Oct 2021

Mustafa and Mand in Iraq created the ‘Angry Tree’, a device that monitors trees and alerts humans to issues such as dry soil, high heat and attempted tree felling

The students recognised the importance of trees in the battle against climate change and created a complex solution to the problem of tree destruction. The device allows the tree to notify humans of problems using either a mobile phone or email. The do your :bit judges loved Mustafa and Mand’s energetic and enthusiastic presentation of their ideas and their detailed written submission.

Mustafa and Mand’s energetic presentation

Mustafa and Mand were winners in the do your :bit category for 8 to 14-year-olds in the Middle East. They aimed to provide a solution related to 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.

There were more than 30,000 officially registered fires during the last year and unfortunately many of them killed a lot of people and ate a lot of farmland. So I simply went with my family to the local market to look for a smart alarm system… and guess what? There is nothing available at an affordable price so we thought why we don’t make one?

Mustafa, winners in the do your :bit category for 8 to 14-year-olds in the Middle East.

Mustafa and Mand work on their model.

Mustafa and Mand work on their model.

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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