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.

Joshua  wrote his own software and designed a programmable computerized device to help him remember school supplies and other necessary items.  Joshua received 3rd place trophy and $100.00 from Xerox Computer Science Awards.  He also was awarded $500.00 in United Technologies Common Stock, as well as a plaque from United Technologies Corporation.CT State Science and Engineering Finalist Awards Winners

Bryce  received the Henderson Award for his “re-usable umbrella” concept and design.

The CT State 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.

The CELC students worked diligently during the entire process, from initial idea 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.

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