The Hydro Pod

An Innovative Large Scale Hydroponic System Geared Towards A Future Of Sustainability

Why The Hydropod Was Born

The Hydropod system addresses crucial challenges in the realm of microgreen cultivation, providing innovative solutions through its cutting-edge features. By enabling the testing of over 20 different variables, it facilitates comprehensive exploration of the factors influencing microgreen growth and productivity, offering valuable insights for optimizing cultivation techniques.

The autonomous control and monitoring capabilities ensure the collection of trustworthy and accurate data, minimizing human error and enhancing the reliability of experimental results. Moreover, the integration of Wi-Fi connectivity and the user-friendly ThingSpeak app revolutionize data visualization, enabling real-time monitoring and analysis of multiple variables in an intuitive interface.

The plug and play convenience streamlines the customization of the controlled environment, empowering researchers and students to adapt the system effortlessly for their unique experiments. With these remarkable features, the Hydropod system provides practical and innovative solutions, advancing microgreen cultivation and fostering interdisciplinary research in the field.

The Task At Hand

Learn about the problems we aim to solve.



To design and develop an automated hydroponic system that would provide a controlled environment for the cultivation of microgreens.



The system aimed to create an optimal growth environment by manipulating various environmental parameters such as light, temperature, nutrient solution, airflow, and more.



It sought to analyze the effects of these parameters on microgreen growth, yield, and overall system efficiency.



The Hydropod's concept revolved around versatility, allowing for the exploration of different variables and conditions, as well as providing a platform for students to design and conduct their own experiments.

Project History

The Hydro Pod went through many phases to make it become a reality. What started as a class project turned into a fully fledged educational system and paper from our university.

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  • January 17th 2023


    The spring semester begins and shortly after Jon Friedman begins to present the grand project to Dr.B.

  • January 24th 2023


    The hydroponic and microgreen idea is approved by Dr.B, Jon recruits class members to help assist in the project development.

  • February 2nd 2023

    Road Map & Supply Sheets

    Finally the team is assembled and after many days spent gathering preliminary research the team begins to construct budget sheets, supply orders and an overall road map for the development life cycle.

  • February 15th 2023


    Supplies had arrived and it was time to get to work! Jon had developed much of the blueprint and engineered a soild plan to begin building the frame, plumbing systems and trays, with that being completed the team got straight to building!

  • February 19th 2023

    ThinkSpeak & API

    Shortly after building the project structurally, it was now time to implement the WIFI systems and thinkspeak API. These allowed for great data collection and remote variable changes.

  • February 21st 2023

    Electrical Engineering

    The last phase was implementing the electrical systems and modules to monitor data and provide variable changes. This phase included custom PCB modules, lighting, wiring, dispense systems and a majoriity of all components.

  • March 4th 2023

    Fully Operational

    After all of the hard work was said and done, the team had ended up with a fully operational hydroponics system. The class was incredibly pleased and this soon caught full scale university attention.

  • March 19th 2023

    Change Of Plans

    The original project was made to simply be a project that met the grading criteria, however, after the overwelming response and attention gathered the team decided to take it a step further and write an educational paper!