A group of students from St Albert The Great College in Valletta have made their way on TED-Ed’s YouTube channel after they submitted a video of their school project earlier this week.
Jake Magri, Luke Mifsud Tong, Stefano Rossi and Daniel Vella came together to create an idea to safeguard nature reserves from human damage by using drone technology.
They call it the ‘Nature Reserve Protector’ (NRP) and it’s the cutest and most promising thing we’ve heard all year.
After a brief introduction on the importance of trees, the four classmates walk us through their methodology, including the prototypes they made and the research they conducted.
What they came up with was the NRP, a surveillance drone which will detect if anyone is entering the nature reserve illegally.
The NRP will take photos of the intruder which will then be sent to authorities to notify them of the breach. They’ve even considered what will happen if the drone mistakes an animal for a human and have considered the power of AI to help distinguish between the two.
Their idea was so well-liked that it got featured on the popular YouTube channel Ted-Ed to an audience of 35, 000 subscribers!
Though it may just be a school project, the awareness these young students exemplify through their work, and their concern for our environment, is touching.
It also speaks volumes about what the younger generation sees as important issues today and for their future.