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PIRSA Drone Challenge

Project Overview

The PIRSA Drone Challenge was developed to educate and immerse students into the new and immerging innovative technologies currently being used in the Agricultural and Horticultural Industries.

The PIRSA Riverland Drone Challenge also encourages students to see Agriculture and Horticulture as a potential career option with potentially very new innovative technologies. We hope to include, at some point in the future, aspects of Artificial Intelligence into the Drone Challenge as well. All four of the Riverland High Schools are competing in the PIRSA Drone Challenge for 2019 with the support of their Schools and Teachers.

The students are required to work in a team (of five students) to locate diseased trees in a citrus orchard at the Loxton Research Centre. The disease is indicated by coloured tape in the trees. Once the team has completed their flight time of 30 minutes, the team will analyse the data collected and complete a report on what disease they have found, how many trees have been infected including the severity and the best method to treat the disease. The students then present their findings to a panel of current Industry Members, acting as a business reporting a grower. The teams are awarded scores on their flight time, amount of disease detected, the report they have created, oral presentation and on the questions asked by the judging panel.


STEM Nation created this project in Adelaide utilising SA Power Networks and the powerlines (not live) to check for any potential required repairs. The project was then adapted to suit our agricultural and horticultural industries and was a great success in 2018. Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) are proud supporters of this project after it’s success in the pilot year and will be continuing their support until 2022

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