Ricoh USA, Inc. has announced that Paul R. Gauvreau of Canyon Crest Academy in California has won this year’s Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA) and associated $10,000 scholarship at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2017. The award program honors students who develop innovations that strengthen environmental sustainability. Gauvreau won for inventing a self-pollination device that increases pollination efficiency by nearly 2,000 percent by mimicking bees' vibration for pollination – a timely innovation in an era when the honeybee population is in crisis.
While the self-pollination device offers a high return on pollination efficiency, it has a low barrier to being implemented and can easily be deployed by modifying readily available materials like an off-the-shelf mega-copter or drone.
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