William WilksKaramu High School
William is working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Kea Project to improve the efficiency of nest monitoring. He reverse-engineered the PIR detector from the camera DOC gave him and developed the electronics into a cheaper and lightweight device that will detect a bird (or animal) entering the nest and alert base via the DOC wildlife- monitoring VHF frequency. Several serious challenges have been met along the way (and still some to be solved). Once ready, he is expecting to arrange for 200 to be manufactured and deployed in the Southern Alps.
The Kea Cavitometer won 2nd prize in the 15-16 Category, awesome work William!