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State Science Fair Finalist Award Winners from CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford

Five hundred sixty middle and high school students throughout Connecticut participated in this year’s CT State Science and Engineering Fair held at Quinnipiac University March 11 – 15.  Of these participants, about 150 students became Finalist and Special Award Winners.  This was the first time CELC students entered the state fair, and they did remarkably well!  Five students (out of the seven who entered) from the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center of Branford were among this year’s State Finalists.

CT State Science and Engineering Finalist Awards Winners

Luke  won 1st place from the International Society for Automation and received a certificate and $125.00. Luke also was awarded a medal from United Illuminating and CT Light and Power Company’s EnergizeCT/EEsmarts Alternative/Renewable Energy Award for his magnetic levitation wind-powered vehicle design.

CT State Science and Engineering Finalist Awards Winners

Cole and Jakob were awarded a certificate from the American Meteorological Society and also received a medal from the Conservation and Inlands Wetlands Commission for their design of an electrostatic smog filter. [Read More...]

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Success at CELC Science Fair

Creative problem solving was an ongoing theme as CELC students entered this year’s science fair.  The initial development of ideas and coming up with project questions was unique in and of itself.

Science Fair at CELC

To begin, a four-hour workshop was offered to CELC students by the Vice President of the Connecticut Science Fair Association and Director of the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Frank LaBlanc.   Dr. LaBlanc led students in an interactive program focused on creativity and innovation, problem solving, and communication.  From there, students considered what was important to them and tried to develop project ideas based on their own questions related to real-world problems or issues they felt needed to be solved.


Once underway with project topics, some students then developed experiments to test ideas, while others focused more on engineering and design to create mechanical or technological devices that would serve a particular purpose.  Lots went into this project; weeks of work doing research, recording data, working on what was required to meet deadlines as the fair approached, and then, over the last few days, almost non-stop dedicated effort towards preparing a research report and carefully-constructed project display to showcase their work. [Read More...]