Washington 2024

Chiawana High School

Pasco, WA

2nd Overall

WildEye: A Non-Lethal Coyote Deterrent Device

PROJECT GOAL: Our proposed solution addresses the technological inequity that local Tri-Cities farmers face in protecting their livestock from predators. Initially, we chose this inequity because members of our team have personal ties to ranchers affected by livestock predation. The targeted user we intend to aid is the often-underrepresented backbone of our area, ranchers. Our prototype addresses this inequity by providing an automated solution to coyote deterrence, closing the technological gap that many farmers experience while also addressing the UNSDG Target goal-Life on Land (15.5) by providing alternative ways to deter predators instead of other standard yet lethal methods.

Our proposed solution is a waterproof, durable, portable deterrent device, featuring an application that allows ranchers to freely check their property anywhere and anytime. The primary functions include a motion sensor that when triggered, blares a loud sound through two speakers and flashes a bright LED. Our device also features an ESP32 camera that sends 24/7-access live footage to our app through the camera’s web server. The main features of the app include a live feed, weather forecast of a specifically selected area, local agriculture news, and a highlight reel. These functions meet the project goals by ensuring convenient ways to access footage while using effective defenses along with a device that works efficiently. This solution also meets the users’ needs by providing live footage that is easily accessible with additional resources to reduce the stress of managing their livestock. The inequity is addressed through the automation of the device, as local farmers won’t have to worry about deterring the coyotes themselves. By implementing built-in, non-invasive defenses into the prototype, farmers can opt for non-lethal methods of warding off coyotes while reducing the burden on the farmer to deter the coyote themselves.

Soleil O., Bradley C., and Ryan A.popup

TEAM MEMBERS: Soleil O., Bradley C., and Ryan A.



Westwood Middle School

Spokane, WA

1st Overall

A.R.E.A. System (Accessible Radio Evacuation Alert): A wildfire evacuation alert device for your home

PROJECT GOAL: Last summer, over 1880 wildfires burned in Washington State (OPB, 2023). People without phones or internet may not receive evacuation alerts. Living in a rural area, we have friends who have experienced this. Our project addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11.5 and 1.5, which focus on the reduction of deaths and people affected by disasters, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our project addresses this goal by creating a system that is available to everyone and will help prevent wildfire-related deaths without the need of a phone or internet service.

Our solution is a 3-part radio system that currently uses the short-range radio built into the Micro:bits, but future iterations would utilize AM radio to cross longer distances. A control panel would be installed in fire stations and public safety answering points. An outdoor alert system which receives radio signals from the control panel could be placed in a public location. This would have a bright light that could be seen while driving to act as a secondary alert. It forwards a signal to the home device, which alerts residents of the evacuation using light and sound. Because the home devices are cheaper than phones and easy to use, this makes them more accessible, and using radio instead of internet will improve safety for those without internet. Finally, the device can be used by those with sight or hearing impairments and is easier to use than a phone because it only has two buttons. Because of this, it makes our devices accessible to everyone, but especially to individuals in rural areas, poverty, or older generations. In the future, our device could even be used for flood or storm evacuations.

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TEAM MEMBERS: Isla F. and Kiera L.

TEAM ADVISOR(S): Ms. Clayton


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