June 2017

Five seniors were inaugural recipients of the School’s new Engineering Certificate.

The certificate serves as the culmination of an academic course of study for students interested in the STEM fields. The curriculum consists of classes designed to provide the students with exposure to the fields of engineering and design as well as provide an opportunity to learn from experts in those fields. The course requirements include six semesters of extracurricular involvement and a senior capstone project.
Below are the five seniors who received the Engineering Certificate along with their capstone projects.
Griffin Bracci - Worked to design and 3D print two national award winning (Ten80 nationals) car body designs using SolidWorks design software. He ran over 70 hours of wind tunnel simulations on his designs.
Geoff Moody - Worked with Drs. Kwon and Jung, in a Behavioral lab at Max Plank. There he studied the brain chemistry behind simple memory and learning processes.  Geoff designed, built, and tested a new floating ball maze mechanism, allowing researchers, for the first time ever, to view the actual real-time neural processes behind touch based learning and memory.
Kole Rosin - Worked internationally with a sister school in Australia to tackle water resources issues. Kole's video produced for Earth Day and Water Resources day were recognized by the United State's Department of State as best in the United States. Kole, after changing his focus, worked with researchers from Columbia University in a program entitled, Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology. During the program, he participated in lectures and laboratory experiments that sought to explore how DNA works and how scientists can alter DNA for a variety of purposes.
John Toothman - Worked on development of hydrofoil technology while earning his United States Coast Guard Captain's license.
Alex Weinstein - Worked at ShowMotion Inc., in Milford, Connecticut. ShowMotion is a company that designs and builds sets for Broadway shows. He worked primarily in the area of electrical and computer engineering testing and repairing motors. He wrote the program that tested ten motors by lifting and softly placing 2200 pounds of bricks 15 feet up at different speeds in order to find and fix any oddities in set changing procedures.

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