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Soil Moisture Sensors Keep Your Plants Alive! — Git Tech’d

Every good plant mom (or dad) knows there are two important things to keep your indoor plants alive: light and water. The balance of getting the right amount of these two things is like walking a tight rope. As the type of millennial who accidentally kills succulents on the regular, I needed to find a way to keep my plants alive.

I like to add technology to all aspects of my life, so I thought how can I monitor my plants so I stop killing them? I’ve written tutorials about monitoring temperature before so why not try light and moisture. After a quick Adafruit search, the sensors I needed were in the mail. …

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It’s summer time and for some of us that means sunshine, outdoors, and water. If you are lucky enough to live near an ocean or lake and you are a boat owner, that can also mean that it’s boat time.

During the summer months it is much easier to monitor your boat because you are always on it. What happens when summer ends and you need a way to make sure things are sitting smoothly while you are away? Some boat monitoring systems can run you thousands of dollars and be a pain to install. …

Students from BGA High School Prototype School Security Solution

School safety is on everyone’s mind but no one more than students. They are the ones who go to school every day and have to consider what might happen if an intruder enters their campus. This is something Amy Yarbrough, former student at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN, has given a lot of thought to. After writing a paper on the ethics of teachers carrying handguns, Amy brainstormed better ways to make their school safer.

BGA has an entrepreneurship class that teaches students about local businesses and allows them to work on starting a business themselves. Initial State CEO Jamie Bailey spoke to the class about his company and technology. This gave Amy an idea: she could create a school security system using Initial State, a Raspberry Pi, and a smart lock. The students had to present ideas of how they could use Initial State in a business and Amy’s Raspberry Pi project idea won. …

My favorite thing to lament on when looking back at my time in high school or middle school is that I didn’t learn enough skills I could use as an adult in the real world. They never taught me how to do my taxes or how marketing works or how to budget money. Sure I learned things like geometry and chemistry and literature but I always wished high school had prepared me more for college and life in general.

A trend I’ve seen in schools lately is entrepreneur classes. The students can learn about how businesses work and in some cases start a business themselves. It teaches kids about dealing with money and taxes, managing inventory, marketing, sales, and customer service. …


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