Organizers of the Annual Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair brought back the event after a one-year hiatus during the COVID pandemic. There were 70 students who participated with 45 projects exhibited at the fair. The event is produced with the support of the Wilton Education Foundation and the Middlebrook PTA.
Before the prizes were awarded, Wilton’s Singularity Technology Robotics team, made up of Wilton High School students, entertained the middle school attendees. Organizer Uma Subramanian called their demonstration “impressive and certain to inspire our Middlebrook students.”
Winning entries will go on to be entered into the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. The state competition will be held in March at Quinnipiac University.
Projects were judged by the WHS AP Chemistry club team and their teacher Patricia Rinaldi.
This year’s Teacher Award was given to Melissa Roos, who is a long-term substitute teacher at Middlebrook, who encouraged her students to participate in the fair. Her classroom had the highest participation of students in the fair.
This year there was also a Students’ Choice Award, who was selected by their peers.
Subramanian offered thanks to the Science and Engineering Fair Committee for their work to organize and produce the event: Loralee Hamilton, Allison Norful, Andress Pettibone, Alison Smith and Olga Zargos-Traub. She also thanked Middlebrook Principal Jory Higgins and the science teachers, MaryEllen Epstein, Carol Festa, Debbie Mallozzi and Kendra Norman, for their work in making the fair a success. Also the production club for capturing the moments .
Those winning awards include:
Best of the Fair
|Polina Popova||Small Scale Application of Algae-Based Carbon Capture In the Home Environment|
7 & 8th Grade Winning Entries
|First place||Preethi Vijay
|Solving Coral Bleaching|
|Second place||Megan Dragunat||Sugar content of fruit|
|Third place||Shriya Natarajan
Diya Vijit Nair
|How Society Convinces Us: Ads|
|First place||William Olmstead||Revolutionary 3D-Printed Shoes To Change How We Think About Footwear|
|Second place||Sanaka Dash
|School Bus Notification System|
|Third place||Nikisha Shivram||Harnessing Radio waves using house hold items.|
|First place||Arista Sullivan
|What is reality?|
|Second place||Matei Pariza||Aerodynamics of different automotive shapes|
|Third place||Bennett Smith||Can you stop the flow of volcanic lava?|
6th Grade Winning Entries
|First place||Maurya Muppalla||Do plants grow more with natural or artificial light?|
|Second place||Samuel Reilly||Do Noise Bother or Help Plants?|
|Third place||Brynn Grosso
|Geode In Eggshells|
|First place||Arav Gupta
|Second place||Holden Reading||Contact Lens Insertion Tool|
|Third place||George Panagis||Solar refrigerator|
|First place||Gopika Kaimal||Microplastic Filters|
|Second place||Wolf Presto||Does more frames per second make you better at video games|
|Third place||Talia Kesselman||How tall is a jenga tower?|
Editor’s note: The materials submitted for publication of this article inadvertently omitted the names of the Middlebrook teachers and principal. The article has been updated to add them.
Always enjoy good morning wilton. Wish you had mentioned the names of the Middlebrook teachers who manage the science club and organize the fair. Carol Festa, Debbie Mallozzi and Kendra Norman. Thank you.
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