Oakland Park, FL

The Mosquito Agitator

Billions of people are affected by mosquito-borne illnesses and millions of people die from diseases such as Malaria, Dengue Fever, West Nile virus, encephalitis, Zika, and Chikungunya as mosquitoes rampage places with tropical climates globally. The Northeast InvenTeam has created a device to disturb the surface tension of stagnant water, therefore making it difficult for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and or for larvae to transition into the adult stage. The device works by using a microcontroller to regulate the rotations of a gear-motor with a counter in a casing to create a disturbance on the water’s surface. The whole device is powered by solar and battery energy. The solar cells are the main source of energy in light-intensive conditions and the batteries provide power in low light environments. The microcontroller will also collect and interpret data from sensors, such as temperature, movement, and light to allow the device to conserve energy, alter motor speeds to best match the conditions in its environment. The invention is designed to be sustainable and less disruptive to the environment it is placed, unlike aeration systems and fountains which displace sediment of the body of water it occupies. It can be manufactured with materials like high-quality plastics or aluminum so that it is long lasting watertight. The device will be an elongated octagonal shape approximately 13 inches in length, and 7 inches tall. The shape will be octangular in order to allocate the 9 solar cells in a manner that they will be able to capture light as the sun moves. The design will be held down by an anchor system. It is designed to sustain itself in the environment it is placed for at least 5 years with periodic maintenance on batteries, data collection and device memory, and the watertight shell. The device will work best in lakes and ponds but should be applicable in most outdoor bodies of water. With this invention, the Northeast InvenTeam seeks to make a difference in public health initiatives to reduce the spread of mosquito illnesses and reduce the number of deaths associated with mosquitoes.

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...