Learning by Making Story: The Community Problem Solver

Nitin Sharma
Nitin Sharma
27 Aug, 21 · 5 min read
Learning by Making Story: The Community Problem Solver
Meet Shreyas Pange, a young innovator who developed a solution to improve the yield and income of fruit farmers while he was in grade 8th.

One day while talking to his grandfather he found that the traditional method of plucking fruit from trees is not effective and requires much effort. He also observed that the all fruits available with a fruit vendor is not ripe. When he asked the vendor, he told that it is difficult to differentiate between fruits when they are the tree.

The problem solver inside him wanted to do something about it and hence came the idea of making a smart fruit plucker. With his design he wanted to reach a height with minimum effort and also detect whether the fruit is ripe or not.
Smart fruit plucker design (Source: Youtube/Arundhati Jadhav)
Smart fruit plucker design (Source: Youtube/Arundhati Jadhav)
Shreyas’s smart fruit plucker has two: hardware and software. To cut the fruit he required a lever mechanism and a wedge, which he found in a scissor. To operate the scissor at a distance (without directly holding it in a hand), he used the brake mechanism from his bicycle. Smart Shreyas, right!

He mounted these two along with a collection bag on a long bamboo stick which s light in weight and strong to hold some quantity of fruits. He also deployed and programmed a colour sensor to detect the ripeness of the fruit.

Before creating a prototype, Shreyas researched about horticulture and different categories of fruits being grown in his region. He explored what techniques are bring used to serve this purpose. He then learnt about different sensors, coding and fabrication to build the prototype.
Sensor interfacing & coding (Source: Youtube/Arundhati Jadhav)
Sensor interfacing & coding (Source: Youtube/Arundhati Jadhav)
To further improve the solution, he is now planning to build a mobile app that will be connected to the hardware. He also will created another version for bunch type fruits as well.

Shreyas worked with his mentor in their Makerspace to design this solution. By doing this project Shreyas learned so much about science, technology and the process of design thinking. Every child must get such opportunities to apply their learning and practice to become an active contributor of the community.
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Nitin Sharma
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Nitin Sharma
Digital Product Designer @Synchron. www.ferdicildiz.com

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