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Greenwich High Students Honored In Popular Mechanics For Research Projects

Two Greenwich High School students were honored with awards from Popular Science Magazine.
Two Greenwich High School students were honored with awards from Popular Science Magazine. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Two Greenwich High School students have been featured as part of Popular Mechanics Magazine’s “2014 Breakthrough Awards.”

Junior Andrew Ma and freshman Ethan Novek were both selected for the award that "honor the innovators, engineers, and ornithologists most responsible for changing our world.”

Ma's project was titled  "A Simple Method for Simultaneous Wastewater Treatment and Chemical Recovery Using Temperature and Pressure Changes." His project was able to remove nearly 100 percent of ammonia and volatile contaminants, at (inexpensively) low temperature and reduced pressure.

Novek's project, "The Creation of Tidal Power from Ocean Water Infiltrating Coastal Ground via an Innovative Tidal Barrage System," created a system to be installed below the ground and along the shoreline, to generate usable power from the rise and fall of tidal water beneath the surface of the sand.

Andrew Ma and Ethan Novek are students in Greenwich High teacher Andrew Bramante’s Science Research Seminar.

“Like many of my research students, both Andrew and Ethan are incredibly creative and imaginative students that are able to look at society's problems with a fresh and unreserved outlook," Bramante said in a statement. "Both were able to take skills that they have learned, and combine them with a natural inventiveness to create these amazing innovations."

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