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WMS Capstone Students Win ExpoFest Skills21 Middle School Challenge

From left: Max Wolff, Rachael Hungerford, Jade DeLeo, Ethan Moshier, Jack Rubacha, and Isabela Phillips.

From left: Woodbury Middle School 8th grade Capstone team members Max Wolff, Rachael Hungerford, Jade DeLeo, Ethan Moshier, Jack Rubacha, and Isabela Phillips.

Members of the Woodbury Middle School 8th grade Capstone team earned first place honors in the Middle School Challenge at Connecticut’s Expo Fest on June 2 at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

Students Max Wolff, Jack Rubacha, Ethan Moshier, Julia Pape, Isabella Phillips, Rachael Hungerford, Jade DeLeo, Sophia Dmitriyeva and Annie Woodward were part of the winning team for the Skills 21 Middle School Challenge category. These students attended the event and made the pitch to the judges for their for their product – “De-Scent It” an anti-microbial bag liner.

The entire De-Scent It team also included Hamza Asipi, Dylan Chung, Aiden Cooper, Eric Delauries, Andrew Greene, Alex Nicholas, Ryan Shugrue- Kirby, and Ben Stewart.

The team of students in Aimee Shuhart’s Capstone Class have been working on their product and the pitch for the ExpoFest all year long in class. The Challenge given to students for the Expo Fest was to create and implement a new physical or digital product, service, artifact, or community action campaign that addresses the overall Expo Fest theme.

They were tasked with the following:

  • Identify a problem that will be addressed by the project idea.
  • Investigate the topic via research, development, experiment or testing method, and data analysis.
  • Develop an innovative solution (product, service, or community action) that addresses the problem.
  • Demonstrate application of the solution with experimentation and/or prototype.
  • Showcase the project via a professional exhibition booth and presentation at Expo Fest on June 5th and 6th 2020.

Team projects were judged by academia and professionals in the areas of Project Idea Viability & Creativity, Evidence of Theme: Fresh Perspectives, Research & Development, Mathematical Thinking, Written Documentation, Online Presence: Website & Social Media, Marketing & Image, Presentation and Professionalism.

Students in the WMS Capstone class worked all year on their products. “De-Scent It” was the one chosen for the Expo Fest event. Expo Fest is an annual highlight for the Skills21 and affiliated organizations.  This event is the culminating experience for a year’s worth of hard work and innovation by middle and high school students from across the state of Connecticut.

Please click here for the more information on the Woodbury Middle School Capstone Team Project.

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