Seventh grader Anika Bhagavatula's Banana Peels: Second Life as Water Purifiers project took home best of fair at this year's Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 2. More than 100 Middlebrook students in grades six through eight participated in this year's competition, making it the largest in the school's history. The Middlebrook PTA and Wilton Education Foundation sponsored the fair, which showcased science and engineering projects submitted by individual students and teams of two. For science projects, students had to identify a question, establish a hypothesis, conduct testing, and record and evaluate their results. For engineering projects, students had to define a need or something that could be improved upon, come up with ideas to achieve it, prepare designs, and build a prototype and test it under different conditions. All students had to present their findings to judges at the fair, who then named the best-of-fair winner and winners in the life science, physical science and engineering categories. Life Science: Grade 6 First place: Bella Andjelkovic and Sydney Reuter - Can Distractions Relieve Pain? Second place: Nathan Meyers -\u00a0Is Your Toilet Paper Eco-Friendly? Third place: Melanie Rutherford\u00a0- Grow Light vs. Fluorescent Light. Honorable mention: Samhita Kakarlapudi -\u00a0Do People See Colors Differently? Honorable mention: Fiona O'Halloran -\u00a0A is for Yellow. Life Science: Grades 7-8 First place: Megha Gupta -\u00a0Plants to Cool the Planet. Second place: Trisha Mhatre - The Effect of Fruit Packaging. Third place: Emma Babashak -\u00a0A Bag's Life: Use and Decomposition. Physical Science: Grade 6 First place: Christopher McCann - Knot or Not. Second place: Emily Johnson and Krithika Natarajan\u00a0-\u00a0Stronger Stirrer Showdown. Cause Global Warming? Third place: Jessica Wu and Maya Mhatre -\u00a0Does CO2 Cause Global Warming? Honorable mention: Rhea Raghavan -\u00a0Electrolytic Fruits. Honorable mention: Avery Newcomer and Abby Kyle: The Magic of Distillation. Honorable mention: Ben Connolly\u00a0-\u00a0How Different Substances Absorb Energy. Physical Science: Grades 7-8 First place: Vignesh Subramanian\u00a0-\u00a0Building Fire-Resistant Homes. Second place: Ashley Klancko - Watch Me Rise. Third place: Neel Iyer -\u00a0Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions. Honorable mention: Manvitha Mullapudi -\u00a0Changing the Winds. Honorable mention: Aarushi Dham and Aby Yoon -\u00a0Hydro-Wind. Engineering: Grade 6 First place: Dominic Roberts -\u00a0Bringing Bridges Up. Second place: Faizaan Ali and Garrett Moe -\u00a0What is the Strongest Bridge? Third place: David Cox\u00a0- What Bridge Designs are Strongest? Honorable mention: Seiji Sahvey -\u00a0Waste Energy to Usable Energy. Engineering: Grade 7-8 First place: Nina Ferrucci -\u00a0Building the Better Battery. Second place: Navod Jayawardhane -\u00a0Will an Elephant Cross This? Third place: Rahul Vallabhajosula\u00a0- Charging a cell phone with solar power. Honorable mention: Anusha Chegu -\u00a0Earthquake Preparedness. Honorable mention: Nate Newcomer -\u00a0The Power of Hydraulics. The four winners of the seventh and eighth grade will have the opportunity to enter the Connecticut State Science and Engineering Fair in March, and all students who participated in received 2016 Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair T-shirts. Click here\u00a0to view more photos from this year's Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair.