Could IoT Have Saved My Plant?

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My poor, withered plant. It deserved better. I bought the plant to show off my cool self-watering 3D printed pot but the thing about self-watering pots is that you still need to add water on occasion. As I have been delving into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the first applications that I thought of was a plant health station.

The very simple system that I built monitors ambient temperature, light levels, humidity, and moisture levels of the soil. Where the “Internet” piece of IoT comes in to play is that all of this data is uploaded to a service (you can see my data here: https://data.sparkfun.com/streams/mK62xWK0d1SzMWqDj19D/).

I can then use a service such as IFTTT and the Maker channel to send a text message or email me when the moisture levels are low.

I’m also able to chart the data and analyze it Google Sheets, Excel, or Numbers.

I can even analyze that data and see trends. So you can see the moisture trend line is declining (as it should with an indoor plant).

I’m hoping that my simple plant health system will spare future plants from the same fate and that by connecting a plant to the Internet, I may be able to better keep one healthy.

To learn more about IoT, check out this blog post: New Workshop: IoT for Educators

To learn more about our new workshop offering for IoT, visit this page.

New Workshop: IoT for Educators

We are very excited to announce our newest educator workshop offering: IoT for Educators! But wait, what is IoT? IoT stands for Internet of Things and the Internet of Things means connected sensors and actuators to the Internet so that you can collect data about the world around you and interact with it. This data can then be visualized or used in a multitude of ways to gather useful information.

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IoT has been hailed as the next frontier in emerging technology and we are beginning to see these devices everywhere – Nest thermostats that can be controlled via your phone are increasingly popular IoT devices, as well as Philips Hue light bulbs whose colors can be changed by your phone, and so much more.

We wanted to create a workshop for educators to teach them how to use electronic devices to collect data within their learning environment to collect real-world information that can be used by students. Instead of using fake data about some stranger’s shoe size in a math problem – now you will be able to collect data about classroom temperature and use that information for analysis.

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In this workshop, educators will learn how to program connected devices to monitor and interact with the world around them. The workshop will include training and materials to support step-by-step projects that allow youth to interact with and monitor their environment while collecting real-world data.

The workshop includes a kit of technology devices and coordinating materials as well as software tools and recommendations and educational support.

Learn more about the workshop and sign up

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more ideas and inspiration for IoT projects, so be sure to check back!