Young scientist earns mayor’s praise

INNOVATIVE: James Ruse Agricultural High School student Sabiqul Hoque explains how the prototype of his invention works to The Hills mayor Yvonne Keane.

INNOVATIVE: James Ruse Agricultural High School student Sabiqul Hoque explains how the prototype of his invention works to The Hills mayor Yvonne Keane.

A high school student has received a mayoral commendation for excellence in science and engineering.

Sabiqul Hoque, who lives in Bella Vista and goes to James Ruse Agricultural High School, has won several science awards. His most recent award was in the years 7-9 category at the Young Scientist competition.

Sabiqul recorded great results with the automated sprinkler system he created.

He tested his invention with a grafted palm tree and mango plant, and both recorded significant growth within a month.

The Hills mayor Yvonne Keane said she was impressed with Sabiqul’s invention. “Sabiqul has done The Hills shire proud,” Cr Keane said.

“His automated sprinkler system is innovative, clever and well thought through.

“I can’t believe there isn’t a system like it already on the market.

“I wish Sabiqul all the best in his studies and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”

Sabiqul began the project after he noticed the sprinklers were turning on at his school at inappropriate times. He sketched the designs and built and tested them.

Sabiqul’s agriculture teacher helped him with the final design and suggested a microcontroller with easy to use hardware and software, to assist the sensors and help the invention turn the sprinklers on and off.

The sprinkler turns on when it’s warmer than 20 degrees and the soil is not wet.

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