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Student’s Self-Pollination Innovation Wins Ricoh Scholarship

Student’s Self-Pollination Innovation Wins Ricoh Scholarship

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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