Four Middlebrook students who were winners at the Middlebrook Science Fair went on to compete with more than 700 other students from across the Nutmeg state at the 68th annual Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) on Saturday, May 19 at Quinnipiac University.

Wilton’s entrants were recognized for their projects, and some were awarded cash prizes as well. In addition some Anika Bhagavatula (who was Middlebrook’s Best of Show winner) was invited to present her project at two other competitions. The students who participated were:

Anika Bhagavatula, 7th Grade Life Sciences, “Banana Peels:  Second Life as a Water Purifier”

  • Pfizer Life Sciences Awards, 2nd Place 7th Grade Life Sciences; Invited to Compete in Broadcom MASTERS
  • Petit Family Foundation Women in Science & Engineering Awards, 1st Place Middle School Life Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences Awards with CACIWC, 1st Place Middle School
  • Sustainable Resources and Practices Awards, 1st Place Middle School
  • Alexis Biotechnology Awards, 2nd Place Biotechnology 7th grade


  • Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy U.S. Marine Corps:  Middle School
  • Institute of Food Technologists, Nutmeg Section
  • Connecticut Invention Convention “Next Step Inventors,” Invited to present at CT Invention Convention as “CIC Next Step Inventors”

Nina Ferrucci, 7th Grade Physical Sciences, “Building a Battery”

  • Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair Physical Sciences Awards, Finalist—Physical Sciences 7th Grade


  • IEEE, Connecticut Section, Honorable Mention

Meghan Gupta, 8th Grade Life Science, “Plants to Cool The Planet”

  • Pfizer Life Sciences Awards, Finalist—Life Sciences 8th grade
Megha CSEF

Vignesh Subramanian, 8th Grade Physical Science, “Building Fire-Resistant Homes”


  • American Society of Safety Engineers, CT Valley Chapter, grade 7-8 project
Vignesh CSEF