On June 1st, a panel of outside judges arrived at BWL’s auditorium to view the work of Middle School students, whose innovative designs reflected this year’s theme: Global Citizens. Over the past several months, students worked tirelessly on a wide range of unique inventions designed to improve the world, and finalists were chosen through a rigorous process. A panel of spectacular judges, with careers in science and/or design, helped determine which projects were most successful in adhering to the global theme of the fair, as well as the students’ ability to design projects that could evolve over time. Winners received prizes from our official sponsors, including The American Museum of Natural History, The Liberty Science Center, The Brooklyn Robot Foundry, and SpaceX.
While all of the projects on display were phenomenal, three prizes were awarded in each Middle School grade—for projects ranging from Emilia Vachon’s Supportive Sewer System in the Seventh Grade to Ava Smith’s Umbrella Backpack in the Eighth Grade. The overall winner for all grades was Eighth Grade student Valerie Gottridge, whose PB (Prussian Blue) Patch used a new technique to test blood sugar for diabetics, with no needles necessary. We are very proud of all of our Middle School students, who went above and beyond, taking the Global Citizens challenge seriously—and demonstrating their creative talent and perseverance along the way.