Ben’s Raspberry Pi experiment with the Kiwrious UV sensor.

2 min readOct 5, 2021

Who says science cannot work with coding platforms? We encourage our students to explore the unseen and use code to make it meaningful. One of our junior high students — Ben, shares his creative use of our sensor.

Ben and his friends at the Unleash Space, University of Auckland.

Ben first discovered the Kiwrious sensors in his Year 10 Science Class at Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland. Ben’s class was trialing the Kiwrious Science Experience - using the sensors to explore the unseen scientific phenomena around them. They used sensors which measured humidity, smell, ultraviolet light (UV) and temperature.

The group of 14 year old boys decided to start a treasure hunt for the smelliest objects in the lab, as well as testing jelly for its conductance levels.

We invited Ben and his friends to participate in our user testing at the Unleash Space, University of Auckland, where they could explore the Maker’s Space and experiment with the sensors.
They explored further how to connect them to a coding platform, their goal was to automatically measure the UV levels and recommend whether sunblock was required to be safe outside.

“I enjoyed measuring the things around me, and liked the way it connected to digital tech using python code. It would be great to have more code options like JavaScript.” said Ben.

Ben and his friend Stas started by connecting a Raspberry Pi to a display, then using python code, read the data from the UV sensor and projected the results onto the display.

Ben’s Raspberry Pi Project with the Kiwrious UV sensor.

In August this year Ben and his friend Anatol showcased their concept at his Class science fair.

The possibilities are endless! Thanks Ben for creating more innovative ways to use our sensors! For more information on our sensors check out




Kiwrious’ social mission is to foster a scientifically literate generation through their Kiwrious Science Experience.