Hobe Sound, FL

Device to monitor audio and video signals in the Indian River Lagoon

The Pine School's InvenTeam will design and build a mechanical/ electronic device consisting of a combination of hydrophone and underwater camera, to be installed at nearby locations of water- quality monitors currently deployed by ORCA along the length the Indian River Lagoon. That system, called “Kilroy” will be given “eyes and ears” by our invention, which will consist of two key components: A hydrophone with full audio range detection and transmission via cell technology and a simple, off-the- shelf camera, enclosed in a sealed and salt-water resistant housing. Video transmission, due to the required bandwidth, will pose particular challenges. We will solve that issue by installing a land-based server at a Pine School parent’s house, who lives within easy reach (<2,000 ft) for an affordable transmitter/receiver system. The team will design the system to be remotely controlled and operate off of battery power, using solar cells for ongoing recharging. The Indian River Lagoon has made national headlines in recent years for the dramatic toxic algae blooms and fish kills. Our project will provide researchers and the public with invaluable information about the system’s health.

Recent Team Blogs

April 4, 2017
Our team jumped right back into working after spring break, as a few members of the technical team embarked on their second site visit to collect some finalizing data. While there, we measured the distance between existing ORCA structures and mounting equipment, and also planned the direction for...
February 23, 2017
Our Mid-Grant Technical Review was a success! Members of the MIT Club of the Palm Beaches and Dr. Edie Widder, co-founder of ORCA, attended. They offered very constructive and helpful advice on ways to further improve our invention. The review was most important to us in that it was a glimpse...
January 31, 2017
Last week, we reached a big milestone. We now know that our transmitter and receiver system works!  By connecting to our school network at one end, and connecting that to the wires of the receiver antenna, we were able to send a signal from our classroom to the transmitter antenna located in...
January 20, 2017
Last weekend at the Pine School's annual Car Show, our InvenTeam was set up and ready to advertise ourselves. We had a table with a posterboard, brochures, business cards, and letterheads. Our display proved to be a success, despite how windy it was outside. Many came to our table, interested in...
January 19, 2017
     Things are getting serious. This week we had two weekly meetings instead of one, and made great strides towards finalizing the programs that connect the Raspberry Pi, the hydrophone, and the camera. Once we accomplished how to record audio with our existing appliances, we...
December 6, 2016
November 17, 2016 On Friday, November the 4th, we took advisor Nathaniel Osborn’s sailboat out onto the waters of the Indian River Lagoon to get our first official look at the Kilroy, which we will be working with over the duration of our project. Our team’s advisors: Karlheinz...