Farmbots are raised garden beds suitable for the planting and growing of vegetables; which have Industry 4.0 capabilities that place them at the intersection of STEM, agricultural science, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics, creating an ideal educational tool for primary and secondary schools and TAFE colleges.
Six Farmbots will be assembled, commissioned and deployed at five schools and colleges, with the majority being in the North of the State, and one at the University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus. The 3m*3m raised garden beds placed on railway sleepers are equipped with software and a dashboard to plan the vegetable garden after which a robotic arm inserts and waters the seeds/vegetable plants and automatically detects and removes weeds.
Sense-T is including a weather station to provide further functionality for participating schools or colleges and is integrating the weather data with the Farmbot dashboard details.
The Farmbots will provide an exciting and applied means for schools or colleges to interact with their students to showcase how Industry 4.0 can provide value to farming that may encourage them to pursue careers and education in agricultural science and STEM, which are two important industries for Tasmania.
Contact us to find out more about how your school can get involved with Farmbots and learn more about Industry 4.0.
What is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 is transforming the world as we know it. Machines are talking to each other. Smart devices are fixing themselves. 3D printers are creating spare parts in a snap. It’s a digital revolution that can make what you do on the ground simpler, safer and synced like never before. Is your school or college ready for it?
What is Sense-T?
Sense-T was a first mover in the internet of things and big data in Tasmania. We are using data, sensing and telemetry technologies and data analytics to help see alignments and opportunities, to improve decision making and create real impact.