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Westport Students Take First Place At State Science And Engineering Fair

Judging at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair
Judging at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair Photo Credit: Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport students won awards at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair last month at Quinnipiac University.

The winners in the Physical Science Grade 9 through 12 team are: Xiaotian Zhang and Arun Soni of Staples High School in Westport. The project is called Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Noble Metal and Noble Metal Alloy Nanoparticles to Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells for Enhanced Catalytic Activity.

The individual high school physical and life science winners, as well as the Urban School Challenge and Alexion Biotechnology winners will all go to the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held this May in Phoenix. New this year is the CSEF Board of Directors award, the winner of which also gets the chance to compete at Intel ISEF.

Other winners from CSEF will represent Connecticut and compete for millions more in cash and scholarships at competitions including the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP), GENIUS Olympiad, and the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Click here for results.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined the ceremony, and thanked all of the parents and volunteers who made the Fair possible, and especially the students, for “restoring his faith” in what is possible in America.

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