21st Century Cowboy

Helping rural students apply technology to manage free ranging cattle

In rural U.S. communities, one in three people lack internet connectivity and access to technology. Rural schools receive only 17% of educational funding nationally, even though they account for half of all school districts.

High school students in the tiny ranching community of Eads, CO aren’t waiting. With help from Arrow and the Nathan Yip Foundation, they developed a technology solution to make their families’ cattle operations more efficient and safer. A high-tech lozenge sits in the animal’s upper digestive chamber collecting and transmitting temperature, pH and other health measurements. The students use a commercial drone to locate and map free ranging herds by their heat signatures. They manage the data in the Cloud for analysis in the classroom.

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