The Greenhouse Gladiators are a team from New Jersey, and are one of the top 10 Finalist Teams out of hundreds of teams from around the world.
Who are they?
Ricky Pati (right) is a science enthusiast with an emphasis and passion for agricultural sustainability. When he’s not in the lab you can find him on the tennis courts, or singing in his acapella group. He’s a very well rounded individual who also happens to have a vegetable garden in his homes back yard.
Michael Abelar (left) has an inventive spirit. He is passionate about computer science, specifically programming apps and websites. Ever since he can remember he’s been amazed with engineering and technology. He’s always looking to invent new things.
Project description: Their project found an inexpensive way to increase the feasibility of vertical greenhouses. They used cheap mylar reflectors instead of expensive LED lighting in vertical greenhouses. The vertical greenhouses with mylar reflectors produced plants with significantly similar growth and health as to the plants in vertical greenhouses with LED lighting.