Stockbridge, MI

Underwater sensing and reporting system of lamprey larvae in the Great Lakes

The Stockbridge High School InvenTeam has invented a low-cost remote underwater camera and water quality monitoring system to investigate the habitat of young lamprey—an invasive species in the St. Clair River. This device is capable of collecting water quality data and shooting time-lapse photography and video in visible and infrared spectra for up to 36 hours. A watertight housing and mounting system allows the device to be placed up to 100 meters under water and mounted to a variety of objects, including cement blocks, to collect data. The water quality monitoring system consists of an Arduino and an SD card shield, and is capable of collecting underwater temperature and pH readings every 30 minutes for up to 36 hours. Both sensors take precise measurements; data is then recorded on the SD card for access and retrieval. The cost of materials for the system is $500, and the data collected will be useful to scientists studying the conditions and effectiveness of lampricides.

Recent Team Blogs

May 27, 2016
Finally after almost a year of grant writing, building, and testing our invention we have nearly come to the end of our project. Today the whole team packed the equipment and tools that will be needed at Saint Clair River.  Next week starting on May 31st we will be traveling to the Saint...
March 14, 2016
The majority of our team went to New Orleans, so during the trip it was tough for the rest of the team that stayed back home to get stuff done.   The four girls that stayed home found the code to program the arduino sensors, and tried to get the programmable scheduler to work. ...
February 29, 2016
02.29.16  Last week five of the girls on the InvenTeam made a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. Tuesday, the first day in New Orleans the five of us girls and our mentor walked across the street from our hotel to the Conference Center near the heart of the city. Underwater Interventions...
February 16, 2016
Throughout the rest of January we have been working on programing our camera system with Arduino. We have also been working with different types of Vernier, Atlas Scientific, and Raspberry Pi sensors that we will be using on our camera system in June to test Ph levels, conductivity, and...
January 14, 2016
December and January were slow months for our team. We had two weeks off for our winter break at the end of December. When we came back in January we decided to focus on getting everything ready for our Mid-Grant Technical review rather than cramming our schedule and trying to do too many things...
December 15, 2015
Throughout the month of November we were testing our different prototypes to create the most cost-efficient and functional product that we could make. We needed to have working prototypes for our Key Largo trip on December 1st  so that we could test them while we stayed underwater for...
November 18, 2015
This is Kelly Cool and Poppy Cox from Stockbridge High School with our first Lemelson InvenTeam blog post. Since we heard the news on October 14th that our school had been chosen to receive the Lemelson-MIT grant, we’ve been working on promoting our team and its progress. ...