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Danbury students to compete in statewide math, science competitions

Ten Broadview Middle School students competed against nine other teams in the 2018 Northwest MATHCOUNTS regional competition held at Naugatuck Valley Community College earlier this month.  Four Danbury students are moving on to the state competition being held on March 10th at the University of  Hartford. 


Broadview and Brookfield middle schools were the only teams to qualify for the state competition.  The four Broadview students who will move on to the state competition are eighth graders Jessica Walia, Afrah Rafi, Vatsal Bandaru and John Caceres.


Ten Westside Middle School Academy students are headed to the Connecticut Science Fair.  The 70th annual event in mid-March will be held at Quinnipiac University.  In 2016, the Danbury school was recognized as the most successful middle school in the state at the competition after eight of ten Westside Middle School students were selected as finalists.  Nearly two dozen judges, including scientists, engineers and teachers, viewed the Danbury student's projects, which all had to involve physical or life science, or engineering.


Kushi Parikh, an eighth-grader, designed a software application that can detect Lyme disease from a photo image with 90 percent accuracy.  Timothy Chen focused on researching the most efficient wind turbine blade. He counted rotation speed to determine which of three blades was the most likely to get the best result.  Stella Walker investigated “The Effect of Barometric Pressure on the Speed of WiFi,” including how humidity and temperature affect speed.  Paloma Lenz did a project involving cleaning up storm water pollution.


The other seventh- and eighth-grade STEM students are Alice Collignon, Mathew Mathew, Alex Morquecho, Aidan Scott, PJ Seiler, and Vincent Trombetto.