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“Encouraging young innovators like Veronica is the pathway to America’s future, and the future of our workforce,” noted presenting sponsor United Technologies Corporation’s Mary Lombardo, Vice President of Global Engineering for UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

Keeping sharks away

Haverhill teen's invention protects whales, but targets sharks

HAVERHILL — No one wants to be swimming or surfing in an area where sharks are lurking.

In hopes of preventing a tragedy, a successful young Haverhill inventor has come up with idea for a shark aversion device and is seeking money to create a prototype that can undergo testing by experts.

As Veronica Lewis continues to tweak her NOMAD device designed to prevent mammals such as whales from beaching, she's looking to also use it to keep sharks away from areas where people swim and surf.

Veronica, 16, of Haverhill recently introduced her new idea to state Sen. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, in hopes it will gain the support of legislators and possibly the interest of seacoast communities.

She said experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution like her idea, but told her they don't have the resources to create a working prototype they can test under realistic conditions. 

"I spoke to a staff member at Woods Hole in March and they loved my idea," Veronica told DiZoglio at a meeting in the UMass Lowell iHub in the Harbor Place building on Merrimack Street

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8/2/19

HAVERHILL — Whether they come ashore alone or in a group, whales and other marine mammals that beach themselves often face death.

To prevent that from happening, a Haverhill girl who is a freshman at Georgetown Middle High School came up with an invention that garnered several awards at the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention held at Southern New Hampshire University on March 25.

Veronica Lewis, 14, received the first place “Challenge Category Award" with the theme “Invention to the Rescue”— which are inventions that rescue or save something in peril. 

AMANDA SABGA/Staff photoVeronica Lewis of Haverhill a freshman at Georgetown Middle High, shows off her award-winning invention.

FEATURED NOVEMBER 8, 2018 

This Drone—Invented by a High School Student—Could Save Marine Animals 

This Drone—Invented by a High School Student—Could Save Marine Animals

Thousands of cetaceans—whales, dolphins, porpoises—strand themselves on beaches every year worldwide, and more than half die. In spite of decades of research, scientists aren’t quite sure why, or what to do about it. But one concerned high schooler has found a solution that’s making waves.

Enter Veronica Lewis, 15, a Georgetown High School sophomore in Haverhill, Massachusetts, who’s been obsessed with whales ever since she read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick in fifth grade (yes, fifth grade). It “really affected me,” she says. A week at the University of Connecticut’s oceanography school at age 12 reinforced her interest and her dismay at how many cetaceans die in what are called “strandings” every year. (In a single mass stranding in New Zealand in 2017, 350 pilot whales died.) Veronica, former captain of her middle school robotics team and an accomplished blues musician (she sings, plays piano and writes her own songs), was at her local aquarium when an idea struck her: “What if I used sound to help them?”

FEATURED - July 18, 2018

City girl wins national invention award

HAVERHILL —15-year-old Veronica Lewis of Haverhill has received even greater recognition by taking first place in the ninth grade category for her invention “NOMAD,” (Navigational Ocean Mammal Assistance Drone) at the third annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. .

“It was really great because the new inventors were able to showcase their work alongside great historical inventions of history,” Veronica said. “My NOMAD device was next to the Watt Rotating Steam Engine that was made in England during the Industrial Revolution.”

TIM JEAN/Staff photo

FEATURED - 6/1/2018
 

Hundreds of Nation’s Top Student Inventors to Compete at Third Annual K-12 National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford25

“Today’s inventors are different, we have more information, technology and resources than ever before,” noted 9th-grade Veronica Lewis, inventor of NOMAD (Navigational Ocean Mammal Assistance Drone), which prevents marine mammal beachings. “A hundred years ago it was all about creating the first . . . the first lightbulb, the first car, the first telegraph. For me, inventing can also be about converging proven technologies in a new way to solve big problems.”

AMANDA SABGA/Staff photo

FEATURED

NOMAD. Remember that name, because this brilliant invention and it's Inventor are going to make waves!

TIM JEAN/Staff photos Veronica Lewis, 15, of Haverhill, placed 1st in the ninth grade category for her invention N.O.M.A.D. (Navigational Ocean Mammal Assistance Drone) at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition.

HAVERHILL — Whether they come ashore alone or in a group, whales and other marine mammals that beach themselves often face death.

To prevent that from happening, a Haverhill girl who is a freshman at Georgetown Middle High School came up with an invention that garnered several awards at the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention held at Southern New Hampshire University on March 25.

Veronica Lewis, 14, received the first place “Challenge Category Award" with the theme “Invention to the Rescue”— which are inventions that rescue or save something in peril. 

AMANDA SABGA/Staff photo

FEATURED 4/2/18

Haverhill teen's invention could stop marine animals from beaching themselves

 
featured - 7/15/2018
 
CHEERS to a Haverhill teen whose imagination and engineering could someday soon help whales, porpoises and dolphins swim free of trouble.

AMANDA SABGA/Staff photo