WOODBURY – Woodbury Middle School’s 8th grade Capstone class held a Celebration of Ideas on January 24 where students presented their group projects in a short “Elevator Pitch” style to a panel of invited guests from around Region 14.
The elevator pitches included ideas like transitional soccer cleats, pet microchips, helping the population of stray cats in the country be safe, an app to help find just the right movie, a gym bag insert and a clean river belt filtration system and others. The students’ projects had to answer the theme for this year: “What If?”
One of the nine ideas by the 8th grade teams will move forward to the state-wide Expo Fest. This marks the first time middle schools will be in attendance at this state-wide showcase in May. Expo Fest 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 in the Capstone type classes. The event happens May 31st and June 1st at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.
The Capstone Experience class, taught by Aimee Shuhart, is a new and unique opportunity for 8th graders to work individually as well as part of a highly collaborative team to create a new product, service, or solution that addresses the designated theme for the year. This is Woodbury Middle School’s first year offering the opportunity to its students.