Oakland Park, FL

The Mosquito Agitator

The Northeast High School InvenTeam invented a device to disturb the surface tension of stagnant water in shallow ponds and pools, making it difficult for mosquitoes to lay eggs and/or for pupae to transition into the adult stage. The device uses a microcontroller to rotate a gear motor with a counter-weight to cause shaking thus creating waves on the water’s surface. The motors run for 5 minutes every 6 hours. The device is powered by rechargeable batteries. The device also collects temperature, acceleration, and ambient light data to optimize motor frequency and conserve device power. The waterproof device is an elongated octagonal shape approximately 13” x 7” x 8” to accommodate the two solar cells and the internal electronic components.

Recent Team Blogs

April 27, 2018
The Northeast InvenTeam with Mayor Tim Longergan at Oakland Park's Youth Day Parade!    In March, we walked in the Oakland Park Youth Day Parade on the 10th. After walking, we spent the rest of our afternoon selling paper-beaded jewelry to raise money for EurekaFest. The paper-...
April 25, 2018
Dr. Estabrooks speaking to the audience at our Mid-Grant Technical Review.   On February 6th we held our Mid-Grant Technical Review (MGTR) to showcase the current prototype of our mosquito breeding disruption device and receive feedback on our project. We worked to prepare for the...
February 2, 2018
Engineering + InvenTeam = Happiness   Starting off 2018, we came back from winter break with a focused, optimistic mindset. Over winter break we had a short meeting to discuss the progress of the team and our potential improvements. On the 18th, our finance lead, communications lead,...
January 3, 2018
Our engineering team presents a working prototype in motion. A new year, a new perspective! This project has flown by fast. We are excited to continue to work on our invention. We have been diligently working to perfect our prototype. We were invited to the City of Oakland Park’s...
December 1, 2017
Our team met with Mr. Fucile via Skype on November 1st, 2017! Hello December! We were so excited to start producing our invention and put our minds together. We are thankful to be working with Paul Fucile, Senior Engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Currently we describe our...