St John’s Students Making Change for Good

St John’s Anglican College Year 10 Digital Solutions students, Lucy Rose and Joshua Sutton attained second place in the state finals in the coveted Education Change Makers and Microsoft QLD AI for Good Challenge!

Held in late July at the Microsoft Headquarters, the AI for Good Challenge is a powerful learning opportunity for Australian high school students to learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI), understand the ethics behind this technology and then dream up an AI solution to make the world better.

“Working in teams of two, students develop an AI concept and submit their ideas that makes a difference under the categories of AI for Earth in terms of helping to solve global climate issues by improving environments, Accessibility or Humanitarian Action” explained Mrs Sharon Singh, Head of e-Learning and Innovation at St John’s.

Students Lucy and Joshua identified the problem of water wastage in rural farms where water supply is extremely limited and costly. Their AI solution was the Hydronator. This uses moisture probes that displays the level of moisture in the soil where the sensors send data to an app which displays the level of moisture in the soil in each zone which then triggers the sprinkling systems accordingly.

Artificial Intelligence has been a key focus of the St John’s Year 10 Digital Solutions class with students learning all about AI, why AI ethics matter and what it is good for.

St John’s Principal, Mrs Maria McIvor said, “this design thinking challenge has been a wonderful learning experience for our students, and we are very proud of the achievements of both Lucy and Joshua.”