Over 600 students from 130 different middle and high schools throughout Connecticut participated in the 2016 CT Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) held at Quinnipiac University March 15-19 2016. Four of the six CELC students who entered the Fair were among this year’s Finalists and Special Award winners.

Cade Morris won the Talcott Mountain Science Center (TMSC) Founder’s Award for $450 and will attend a Saturday Mentorship Course at TMSC for his Bovine Emissions Methane-Capturing Device.

Galina Cooper was awarded the Pfizer Life Sciences as a Finalist CSEF Medallion Award for her project entitled An Energy Bar That Sticks Best.

Sophie Burdick and Sue Hemingway entered as a team and were awarded prizes both as Finalists and in the Special Awards category. For their project BullyCheck Designing Anti-Bullying Software, the team received the following awards: CSEF Physical Sciences Award, 2nd Place Middle School Team – $100 each & trophy and an invitation to compete in Broadcom MASTERS;Â Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards, 1st Place Middle School – $300, trophy, and medallion; and $1000 for The Karen J. Howell Middle School Award for Learning and Serving.

Now in its 68thyear, The CT Science and Engineering Fair provides an incredible experience for young people. The fair is open to 7th-12th graders throughout the state. The aim is to attract young people to the field of science and engineering and to develop critical thinking skills. The fair is supported by hundreds of academic and industrial organizations throughout the state and is run solely by volunteers.

CELC students worked diligently during the entire process, from initial conceptualization to the presentation itself. The fair enabled the students to feel excited by science and empowered them through the recognition of their own thinking and creative abilities.