WaterWay Warden

Genevieve Cartmell

Ponsonby Intermediate/AKL Mini-Makers

Profile Info

WaterWay Warden is an incubator for culturing chromogenic pads which produce unique colours for different kinds of colonies.


What inspired you to create your project?

There are incubators on the market, but they are too expensive for citizen scientists or don’t fit requirements for incubating E-coli. This year, I built on my entry from last year and adapted the incubator to incubate chromogenic pads as they are low cost. I also refined the design and shape of the incubator and made it battery powered to make my incubator off-grid for up to 5 hours on one charge, and replaced the polystyrene insulation with a 100% biodegradable sheep's wool insulation to reduce its environmental footprint.

Who influences your tech/innovation?

My dad; my tutor Ben, who helps me with coding, and Dr Amanda Valois.

What is your dream job?

An environmental tech warrior.