Students’ creation turns to water

Columba Catholic College students Tegan and Colby with the irrigation system (Townsville Catholic Education)

An automatic irrigation system developed by year 8 students from a Townsville Catholic school has been short-listed for the finals of a national competition. Source: Townsville Bulletin.

The “EweWillWantToWater” team from Columba Catholic College in Charters Towers entered the 2020 TI Codes Contest. competition to develop an agricultural science system earlier this year, never dreaming they would make it to the semi-final.

They had to create a product that optimised a process related to food and using coding and TI technology to build a model solution. The team identified paddock irrigation for the school’s eight ewes and one ram as being in need of a solution and set to work.

Student Tegan said the group made a robot with temperature, humidity and light sensors that can tell if the paddock needs water.

Teacher Madeleine Carter said the students were delighted make it through three rounds to the semi-finals, and hoped they could make it through to the people’s choice finals to win technology equipment for the school and themselves.

This multi-staged coding contest, which is open to year 7 to 10 students, challenges the students to develop their STEM problem-solving, design and coding skills in order to design and build a product that automates or optimises a process or product related to food.


Robotic irrigation solution puts students Columba Catholic College in top 10 (Townsville Bulletin)


Columba Catholic Colleges represents only school in Queensland in TI Codes Contest (Townsville Catholic Education)

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