NFT Smart Hydroponics

Created on 28 Oct 2018

Smart Nutrient Film Technique Hydroponics system that will grow Microgreens quickly and for a low cost.

The goal of this project is to create a hydroponic system that uses little power while growing Microgreens (small fast growing plants, usually herbs) quickly. The hydroponic system will use an Arduino to monitor and adjust the water level and temperature, and track plant growth over time. The Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) system should be able to grow around 150 plants at one time, with little maintenance. The system will be tested with basil.


Theodore Gonzales-Tapley


Kelby Kramer


Greta Markey


Emily Albergo


Lauren Heller

Part Cost Quantity Total
Reflective Sheet $7.09 3 $21.27
Sheet to insulate system
Camera $26.00 2 $52.00
Camera to monitor growth of plants
Arduino $35.00 1 $35.00
Arduino kit for data collection and computing
LED Lights $11.00 1 $11.00
LED lights to light the hydroponic system
Servos $18.00 1 $18.00
Servos to adjust water level of system
Thermometer $4.00 1 $4.00
Thermometer to measure temperature of system
Pump $40.00 1 $40.00
Pump to get water to plants
Wires $17.00 1 $17.00
Wires to connect different parts of the system to one another
Caulk $8.00 1 $8.00
Caulk to seal the system and prevent leakages
Arduino Power Supply $7.00 1 $7.00
Powers Arduino UNO
Bread Board $4.00 1 $4.00
Extra Bread Boards for different monitors
Water Level Sensor $10.00 1 $10.00
Water level sensor
Depth Sensor $40.00 1 $40.00
Lidar depth sensor
Project Totals: 16 $267.27
Track 1 Base Budget: $300.00
Preferred Vendor Budget Bonus: $0.00
Remaining Budget: $32.73
Theodore Gonzales-Tapley 29 Oct 2018, 7:02 p.m. EDT
First official team meeting!! Starting to build initial prototype to test what unanticipated parts we will need for build 18!