Blue dragonfly on green leaves

Announcing the winner of our STEM Home Challenge

In April 2020, we launched a STEM home challenge for students between 10 and 16. We asked them to use their STEM knowledge and tell us how transport, drones or satellites could help save our planet. We were very impressed by the level of submitted entries and are delighted to announce the winner here.

3 July 2020

We are delighted to announce that Arushi was the winner.

Arushi has designed a dragonfly drone over the last three weeks to track down and trap locusts in Asia and Africa. Arushi hopes that her design will improve food security by keeping locusts away from crops. ​

Arushi Nash | BMT STEM home challenge

Laura Blake, Sustainability Manager, said:

​ “It was really inspiring to see that Arushi had applied a nature inspired design in her drone, to solve a very current and growing problem,” 

​Using drones to fight off locusts is not a new concept. However, lessons learned from nature (biomimicry) could unlock many opportunities to improve drones and improve how locusts are located and dispersed. ​

​Arushi is a great model for the future generation. We hope her work inspires other students to use their knowledge to make a difference. We look forward to supporting Arushi as she develops her design further. ​

​Please watch Arushi’s winning video to find out more.

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