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 EpsteinCarol 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

Life Science
First place Preethi Vijay
Trisha Prabu
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
Leonardo Kulon
School Bus Notification System
Third place Nikisha Shivram Harnessing Radio waves using house hold items.
Physical Science
First place Arista Sullivan
Meredith 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

Life Science
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
Samantha VonLoeser
Geode In Eggshells
First place Arav Gupta
Joshua Tang
Vacuum War!
Second place Holden Reading Contact Lens Insertion Tool
Third place George Panagis Solar refrigerator
Physical Science
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?


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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.

One reply on “Middlebrook Science Fair 2022 Announces Winners”

  1. 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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