Utilizing Drones to Clean Oceans from Plastic Waste

Student(s):fatima Abdulla Albreiki Ayesha Mohamed Batoun Reem Ahmed Almeqbali
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
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Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
Protocols:Earth As a System
Date Submitted:02/27/2019

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In the beginning of the project we choose a topic which is plastic pollution. Because everything in this
world we use comes from the ocean in some way. The air we breathe, the water we drink, even the products
we use day to day, would not be possible without the ocean. That's why the issue of ocean pollution is
so important and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. After that we came up with a set of questions
to conduct a research before designing the prototype and these questions included the following: How
many plastic bottles does a UAE resident use? Which countries pollute the oceans the most? What is the
number and weight of plastic pieces floating at the sea? how does plastic the pollution affect marine life?
In this project our aim is to design a prototype, and an application that aims to clean the beach, sea or
ocean from different types of plastic that cause plastic pollution and harm to the coastal and sea life. We
followed simple steps to build the prototype firstly we designed the sides on a website called On Shape
then we printed each side using a 3d printer after that we attached the sides to each other along with the
net finally we attached the drone to the box. As a result the Aqua Drone was able to float on water without
causing any harm to the environment and the drone was able to eliminate some of the multi-million
tons of plastic in our oceans and it can “eat” up to 3.5kg of trash in one trip. In conclusion we think that
the Aqua drone was able to gobble up to 3.5kg of trash because the prototype is able to skim 15cm of the
water's surface and can collect up to 3.5kg of waste at a time.


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