Trolley Science Connects With Satellites. Meet the inventor of a tracking device.
Lowena Hull, a Portsmouth High School student won top prize for her idea to use satellites to track abandoned supermarket trolleys. To Lowena they are a massive hazard to the environment. To the retailers it’s an estimated loss £35m a year.
According to WANZL, a provider to the industry, 520,000 trolleys abandoned in public spaces and waterways each year. Up to a million trolleys affect local environments. However, the industry estimates actual number missing closer to a million a year.
It was time something was done about it. Lowena went to work and came up with her tracking device idea.
This impressed the UK Space Agency judges who awarded her £7,500 to develop the trolley science invention.
The 17-year-old has now pitched the idea to a panel of experts at the Agency for future support. This could lead to turning it into reality.
Once in action the loss of trolleys will be a thing of the past.
Lowena explained to ynuk.tv how the tracking tool will work.
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