Twleve year-old Yucatecan students pioneer Eco-app

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YUCATÁN (agencies)-: Two Yucatan 12-year old students developed an app, that allows people to water their plants remotely, using their smart phones, saving water and thus making sure plants are properly cared for.

The students are Diego Nextlicapan Belmant and Jorge Eduardo Trueba García of the Scientific Research Center of Yucatan (CICY) who, despite being only 12 years old, developed a system that allows people to water their plants from their cell phones, even giving them the option to shed artificial sunlight on the plants, as they are traveling or forget to do so before leaving home.

The young inventors said that their device aims to contribute to work on the field, in the absence of farm hand, with a progressive automation of irrigation processes, available for the people of the Yucatan.

They added that during the CICY summer courses, they were able to develop a web page that helps them to regulate this watering process, and from there, they send the order to the device that they manufactured for gardening and irrigating purposes.

This device consists of PVC tubes that are molded around the plant, with an inner plastic tube that pumps stacked water to irrigate it. Above them is a LED lamp that provides artificial light, if necessary.

In addition to this procedure, they expressed that a Raspberry Pi computer is necessary to run the web page that will guide the user to “water it better”.


A Raspberry Pi board is designed to provide firms with low-cost computer hardware to build into products. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) packs the same 1.2GHz, quad-core Broadcom BCM2837 processor and 1GB memory used on the Pi 3 onto a slimmer and smaller board.


This highly innovative invention was designed in just two weeks, after the students learned to use and create programming code in the same CICY classrooms, as part of the “Science Summer Camp”.

The Yucatan Times
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