Nearly 800 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. Still, about a third of the world’s food production is never eaten. It goes to waste. This year, the mission is to make a robot that can help reduce food waste. The task of the robot is to sort food products according to their looks and expiration dates and transport the sorted food to places that can make use of the food instead wasting it; i.e. dumping the non-sellable food to a landfill..
With a growing population in the world, more and more food needs to be produced every year. One way to get an increased food production is to use technologies like robots, drones, and satellites to improve the usage of arable land. Satellites and drones can provide accurate data on the soil quality of the different areas of the arable land. This data can be used by robots (self-driving tractors) to plant different seedlings on the land depending on the soil quality. In this way, the seedlings are adapted to the growing environment, which will improve the growth of the seedlings. The mission of the robot is to gather data on the soil quality of the fields of different farms and use this data to plant different seedlings depending on the soil quality.
One way to increase the amount of food available worldwide for the consumers is to improve the way food is distributed from the producers to the costumers. This means that the primary goal of food distribution is to make sure that the consumers get the kinds of foods they demand from the producers. The secondary goal is to make sure as little food as possible is wasted during transportation. The Senior Challenge is to make a robot that can bring different kinds of food to the right destinations by appropriate ships and a robot that can equip the ships with temperature controllers that keep the different kinds of perishable food on board the ships in the desired temperature range during transportation.