Touchwood

Summer Bailey

Northcross Intermediate
Auckland


Profile Info

My hardware measures the temperature and humidity next to the soil, then transmits this data back to a Bluetooth App that I also created. My Touchwood app displays the temperature/humidity of your location and allows you to compare your conditions to the ideal conditions of the trees in my database.  
 
The aim is to assist forestation (or reforestation) efforts in large scale situations, such as local council's and developers, or small scale for individuals in their own gardens.  

 

What inspired you to create your project?

My main motivation behind Touchwood was watching the [council planted] trees outside my house die off when the conditions weren't right for them. My parents have also had failures in planting trees themselves, which has left them feeling like it's too hard to plant trees when they are necessary for our future. From there, I began to think more about the environmental issues that we face, and how I could create something to help change this.  

Are you the first tech inventor in your family?

Yes, I am, but I got into coding quite early, as soon as it was offered at school. I was also always encouraged to experiment and build new things, which led me to work on projects like Touchwood at intermediate school. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become an architect, which would allow me to keep designing and creating projects on a bigger scale.