Joseph Adewole Wins micro:bit Global Challenge 2018 [Africa]

Joseph Adewole of Nigeria has emerged winner of micro:bit Global Challenge 2018 for the African region.

Joseph Adewole designed a system that detects the temperature of students in a class and lets their teacher know. He designed the device so that students can be treated quickly if they are ill and therefore don’t miss too much school.

Joseph Adewole made his contribution on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being.

According to the judges:

“…the students’ body temperature can be used as an early warning system for proper attention to avoid sickness-related school misses, and to avoid the spreading of sickness within the classroom. High attendance to school would increase the access to information provided by the teacher in the classroom.”

The micro:bit Global Challenge challenges students aged 8-12 across the globe to consider how the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs (“global goals”) could change the lives of themselves and others, and to design solutions to these goals using the micro:bit. Supported by a number of delivery partners, the Global Challenge competition saw hundreds of entries from a diverse range of countries cultures, and backgrounds.

Other continental winners of the micro:bit Global Challenge 2018 include:

  • Team Veliki for Europe

Team Veliki of Croatia created ‘spine:bit’ – a device that tells you if your posture is incorrect. The micro:bit sits in a lightweight backpack and detects when the wearer is sitting incorrectly and sets off an alert.

  • Food Waste Watchers for Asia & Pacific

The Food Waste Watchers of Singapore designed a device that will help to reduce food waste. The device measures the amount of food that is being thrown away and if it’s more than 30g it displays a message to remind them not to waste so much food. The team installed the device in their school’s food waste bin and after it was piloted, they reduced the amount of food waste in the school by 50%.

  • Elizabeth Gatten for North America

Elizabeth Gatten of United States of America looked in to Safety and has designed a low cost home security system using the micro:bit. The system detects movement and emits a high pitched noise and displays flashing lights to scare burglars away or alert the house owner.

  • Zayd Nashed for Middle East

Zayd Nashed of Saudi Arabia has created a Doctor robot that helps kids with an illness such as asthma. The robot gives the child medicine on time, contains a dust sensor to alert the child to a dusty environment, and interacts with the child through its facial expressions.

  • Kathellen Lima for South America

Kathellen Lima of Brazil noticed that a lot of rubbish was thrown into the rivers in her city and this is was causing problems for people who live nearby. She has designed a ‘anti-trash buoy’ to help keep the rivers clean. The micro:bit uses noise and lights to alert people when rubbish is thrown in the river.

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