Local girl wins creation award for device that could conserve whales

HAVERHILL– She won a local competition this spring with a development meant to help prevent the beaching of whales and other marine mammals.Now, 15-year-old

Veronica Lewis of Haverhill has received even greater acknowledgment by taking top place in the ninth-grade category for her creation WANDERER (Navigational Ocean Mammal Assistance Drone)at the 3rd annual National Development Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition.Veronica was among 437 trainee innovators from 20 states and 2 countries to participate in the event, which was held June 1 at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.\”It was actually terrific due to the fact that the brand-new innovators were able to showcase their work along with terrific historical developments of history,\”Veronica stated.\”My NOMAD device was next to the Watt Rotating Steam Engine that was made in England during the Industrial Transformation.\”The National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition was produced by The STEMIE Union, a not-for-profit established to

raise K-12 STEM(Science, Innovation, Engineering and Mathematics) education alongside development and entrepreneurship to a nationwide level.Veronica participated in the event along with her parents, Charles and Nancy Lewis of Haverhill.Veronica, who this fall will be entering her sophomore year at Georgetown Middle

High School, had actually currently garnered a number of awards for her NOMAD device at the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention held at Southern New Hampshire University on March 25. It certified her to go to the national convention in Michigan.\”My creation is the very first water drone that uses cetacean/whale noises to help in the rescue of stranded marine mammals,\”Veronica discussed.\”It works by helping cetaceans to prevent swimming into dangerous waterways and herding them out of shallow

water.\”Every year, hundreds of cetaceans die due to the fact that of strandings, and the NOMAD could possibly prevent this from happening,\” Veronica added.More than 108,000 K-12 trainee creators competed from throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada in regional competitions previously this year. \”This determination to resolve issues, now, while they are young, is something we see over and over once again in state and regional Innovation

Conventions across the United States,\”noted Danny Briere, CEO of The STEMIE Union, the not-for-profit organizer of NICEE.\”K-12 invention education is tapping into students\’natural desires and abilities to determine issues and produce meaningful solutions. \”Together with the public, contest judges had a two-hour block of time to inspect each development.\”3 judges pertained to my table and informed me they were thrilled about my device and would like to see it put to use to assist rescue marine mammals,\”Veronica said.In addition to recognition for her NOMAD device, Veronica said she connected with industry leaders such as Judy Marks, president of the Otis Elevator Co.\” She spoke with

me privately about my innovation and told me to call her if there was anything she could do to assist me,\”Veronica said.What\’s next for NOMAD?\” We\’ve been coordinating with various companies, such as the Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket who asked me to speak at their place and present NOMAD, \”Veronica said.\” We\’re still working

out a date.\”Veronica says she\’s been contacted by the Discovery Channel\’s Daily Planet program, as they wish to do a segment on

her and her WANDERER device.\”It\’s so amazing,\”stated Veronica, who has a NOMAD prototype that has to do with three feet long however is lacking all of the electronics a full size model of about 10 to 20 feet long will need.While continuing to ideal her WANDERER gadget, Veronica, a blues piano player and singer, has actually been carrying out at different music venues throughout New England, the Midwest and in the South.Visit Veronica online at.For more information about The STEMIE Union, a full list of this year\’s award winners, and how students and teachers can get included, visit.Mike LaBella might be contacted at mlabella@gloucestertimes.com!.?.!.