The old adage says you’re supposed to save your best for last but two students from Platt Technical High School in Milford turned that on its head March 18.

As the school’s first-ever entrants in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, their project was named an Energize CT/eesmarts Future Sustainability Awards High School finalist.

Green STEP finalists
Platt Tech sophomores Christian Ramos and Christian Haupt.

Christian Haupt and Christian Ramos, Platt Tech plumbing sophomores, submitted their Project-W Water Reuse System, which focused on the national and worldwide concern with water scarcity.

They did extensive research on current systems for recycling and reusing gray water and looked at improvements.

Haupt and Ramos received $100 each from the University of New Haven High School Awards in Engineering and Science in the Special Categories Award for Sustainability.

In addition, they were invited to enter their project in the New England Water Environmental Association Connecticut Science State Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.

Solar Experiments

It was also quite a performance for several sophomore Green STEP students who designed projects to help address the future sustainability of our planet.

Masonry students from Prince Tech completed some passive solar experiments using glass and bamboo bricks.

Plumbing students from Goodwin Tech tried to answer the question “Is thermoelectric piping a usable source of energy?”

Daniel Garcia, Daneirys Riveria, and Juan Ospina, HVAC students from Goodwin Tech in New Britain, designed a solar powered survival jacket with an organic battery backup to recharge a cell phone or LED lights.

They were recognized as a finalist in the Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Award division.

Green STEP (Sustainability Technical Education Program) is a partnership of EnergizeCT, the Connecticut Technical High School System, Eversource, the United Illuminating Company, and the CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership.

The four-year program is designed to give students studying construction careers at the 18 state technical high schools a foundation for sustainable building and prepare them for green-industry jobs.

Students were able to use their skills and knowledge of their trade, combined with their knowledge and experience of the scientific method, to bring their ideas to fruition.