PHS Academy/E-Commerce Wins 7 Awards at Expo

Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:47AM

On May 4th, over 40 students from Pomperaug High School participated at the 2013 Connecticut Student Innovation Expo, the culmination of a school year’s work in science, math, and technology. The PHS students won a total of seven awards at the event.

In each of their class projects, the students collaboratively created a website, exhibition booth, branding, and a business plan for their product or business.

Public high school students from throughout Connecticut presented their work to judges from higher education and the corporate world. The Expo was held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The students who participated in the Expo are enrolled in the 9th and 10th grade Academies of Digital Arts & Sciences, Biology 21, Digital Media & Moviemaking, E-Commerce Entrepreneurship, and Research, Design, and Development.

expo2013 046med.jpgThe eight 9th grade Academy students (representative at left) interpreted their cohort’s theme of Natural Resources, and created a presentation, booth, and materials about Victory Gardens. Their project garnered them second place out of approximately 12 participating schools. The freshmen course of study within the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is taught by Mrs. Kelly Pelletier, Ms. Barbara Bauer, and Mr. Richard Szymanski.

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The 10th graders who participated in the Connecticut Student Innovation Expo (representatives at right) also received second prize for their product entitled,“Rest Assured.” Their instructors are Mr. Brian Jehning, Ms. Stephanie Ostapchuk, Mr. Mike Murphy, and Mr. Ty Stuyvesant. The students developed a tool using binaural beats to help users have a more restful and deeper sleep. This team of students also received the top award for the outstanding interpretation of the Innovation Expo 2013’s theme: Responsible Design. Video

The mobile app associated with the “Rest Assured” project won the award for Outstanding Mobile App Design.

The 16 members of the E-Commerce Entrepreneurship class (representatives at left), taught by Mrs. Lois DeGregory, developed an on-line beverage delivery service entitled MoJo2Go. This business is a collaboration between the E-Commerce students and the Special Education students in the PHS Life Skills program. The judges awarded the project a second place in the E-Commerce category and it also won the Audience Choice award.

expo2013 050med.jpg“This year, we offered new awards to schools who met ‘above and beyond’ criteria for projects,” said Dr. Frank LaBanca, Director of the Center for 21st Century Skills at Education Connection. These optional criteria were designed to engage the community at large in the project and add a deeper level of authenticity to the project. MoJo2Go won the E-Commerce Director’s Award for having the highest number of transactions with a portion of proceeds going to a foundation or charity supporting Sandy Hook Elementary School.

During the awards ceremony, judges distributed Team Player and Team Leader Awards. Receiving the PHS Team Player award were: Hunter J. (9th grade Digital Academy), Drew H. (10th grade Digital Academy), and Dylan F. (E-Commerce). PHS Team Leader awards were given to: Alexa P. (9th grade Digital Academy), Heather F. (10th grade Digital Academy), and Jason F. (E-Commerce).

PHS science teacher Brian Jehning is the school’s Academy site coordinator and Bio21 teacher.

"The teachers in the Academy are absolutely thrilled and amazed at the level of performance from our students at this year's Expo,” said Jehning. “Every group rose to the occasion to produce an authentic product representing the Expo theme this year, Responsible Design. Taking seven awards at the Expo is really a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment our students have toward excellence. Thank you, staff and students, for all the hard work you put in towards making the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences program at Pomperaug High School successful.”

The Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences program facilitates the cross-discipline application of academic knowledge, creativity, design, and innovation skills integrated with digital media and applied to the study of science and technology.


9th grade Academy: 2nd place

10th grade Academy: 2nd place; Outstanding interpretation of Expo’s theme; Outstanding Mobile App design

E-Commerce Entrepreneurship: 2nd place; Audience Choice; E-Commerce Director’s Award