Year 11 student Jonathan from Bialik College was recently awarded a Grant from the Boroondara Youth Foundation for the development of his STEM project, the ‘Autonomous Fire Ranger’. The Autonomous Fire Ranger has been developed using a combination of UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) and some complex software with the view of automating certain tasks and processes, usually only possible by flying over the areas in aircraft. By analysing huge areas aerially, this device can ‘look’ for certain visual signatures and save the location for future use. This has huge potential in rural Victoria where bushfires are an ongoing threat.
Jonathan explained, ‘I believe that this technology has huge potential to change the way that we monitor bushfire activity and aid those in bushfire prone areas. I’ve been able to create a proof of concept for this design.’ He has been receiving mentorship from Swinburne University and the CFA for his project. Mary Heath, Program Facilitator from the Boroondara Youth Foundation visited Bialik to meet with Jonathan and deliver the Grant, which will help towards Jonathan’s vision of turning concept into reality.