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CT Experiential Learning Center Middle School (CELC) represents Branford as Science Fair Finalist Award Winners

CSEF 2016 CELC Middle School

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; 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 68th year, 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.

CELC Students Win Big!

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students Sue Hemingway and Sophie Burdick are nominated to enter the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars) – the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students – for their science fair project BullyCheck: Designing Anti-bullying Software. The nomination is considered a great honor, as it designates their project from among the top 10% of middle school science fair projects in the U.S.A.

SH SB Finalists

CELC Student Art Show and Benefit for Guatemalan Children

Thank you to Ken Mackenzie of Frogurt Time Guilford for hosting a student-curated Art Show with the students of CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford in collaboration with EducArte, a school in Antigua, Guatemala.

CELC and EducArte Benefit

All proceeds from the sale of student artwork are in support of EducArte, an organization that provides education and health care for children and families who otherwise would not have the resources to afford it.

The $460.00 that was raised will support EducArte’s mission: to create better preconditions for the development and education of our students. The main focuses of EducArte are education, nutrition, mental and physical wellbeing and free expression of thoughts and feelings.

It costs $65.00 per month to sponsor a child through EducArte. If you would like to send a child to school and help provide access to medical care for a family, please contact Melinda or Maria at CELC for more information,, 203.433.4658, or visit EducArte online at

Thank you for your support – we hope you will consider this opportunity to make a difference!

CELC EducArte

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students attend the 2016 Stand Up, Speak Out! Student Leadership Conference sponsored by the New England League of Middle Schools!

Stand Up, Speak Out! Student Leadership Conference Southern New Hampshire University

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“Life at CELC is unlike any other school. There is a place for any personality or learner. Through our everyday experiences we build relationships, and we become like a family. We go out into the world together. We work together and grow together. It is the best feeling to feel like you always have a place. You can just be you and find your place at CELC. It doesn’t matter what we are doing — hard and dedicated math, out in the woods, or walking the streets in Washington, D.C. – we always have a place to learn and have fun.”

Hannah, 8th-grade student at CELC