Inspired by the 2014 disappearance of flight MH370, New Zealand year 8 student Benjamin Mueggenburg has developed what he calls a Visual Plane Locating System. It is designed to overcome some of the problems with the existing system of tracking planes, namely RADAR. The system uses a Raspberry Pi and a webcam to simulate an orbiting satellite. The “satellite” looks down on the Earth and identifies planes (represented by toy planes in Benjamin’s project) by scanning QR codes on their wings. The project won him two top ASB Bright Sparks prizes for “best in junior science” and “best junior concept”. You can read a short interview with him over at ASB and watch a video of his project below.