Northeast High School InvenTeam

The Mosquito Agitator
Electronics
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.