We saw a demand for for sustainable energy sources and a higher volume of food production and wanted to address those things.
What it does
It measures aspects of the weather, such as temperature, light, humidity, pressure, and soil moisture content, to determine if the area it's in is suitable for a specific alternative energy source or kind of crop.
How we built it
We coded in Arduino, designed an enclosure in SolidWorks, then 3D printed the enclosure and soldered our sensors to a perf. board to fit into our enclosure.
Challenges we ran into
A major challenge was the coding for so many types of sensors, which meant we didn't get to all of them in time. Another big challenge was getting all our physical components to work together and fit in our enclosure.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We picked up coding skills very quickly and gave ourselves a huge goal to reach, which we very nearly completed with flying colors.
What we learned
We learned how touchy code can be and how important trouble-shooting is because we kept running into some problem or another, but we always analyzed the situation and found a way to solve the problem.
What's next for Localized climate monitor
In the future, we plan to incorporate more sensors, such as wind speed and direction and soil pH, to provide a more comprehensive data for suitability assessments.