Patrick Louzan stood in the corner of the Middlebrook School gymnasium during the recent science fair. Quiet and modest, he answered questions confidently about his project, which asked if egg shells were porous. They are indeed porous, and Patrick\u2019s project was deemed \u201cbest in fair.\u201d \u201cI was mainly shocked,\u201d the seventh grader said. \u201cI felt really good about my presentation. I won honorable mention last year, so I was hoping to do better this year.\u201d Patrick won a trophy for his effort, along with $100 and the right to compete in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, beginning Tuesday, March 12, at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Prizes there include monetary awards, trophies, and a four-year scholarship to the university. \u201cWe got chickens last March as chicks,\u201d he said. \u201cI love them so much that I thought I should do something on them,\u201d he added. \u201cThat\u2019s when I thought about planning ahead so that I could do something about my science project. I try to put fun into everything I do. It was serious but it was fun.\u201d Patrick\u2019s mother, Madeleine, is used to her son\u2019s low-key demeanor. \u201cPatrick is very unassuming,\u201d she said. \u201cIn school, he doesn\u2019t look like a real risk-taker. I tell his teachers to just call on him. He\u2019ll have the answers. \u201cI thought the project was great. Everything had to be perfect. It was very-consuming. He had a goal to win.\u201d Ms. Louzan lived in Wilton as a youngster but soon moved to a horse farm in Virginia, where she also raised chickens. That fact seemed to fascinate her husband, Bob, and the pursuit began to bring chickens to the family home on Belden Hill Road. She was supportive of their quest. \u201cKids should be around farm animals,\u201d she said. Patrick and his father, whom he jokingly referred to as \u201cFarmer Bob,\u201d researched chickens online. \u201cThey were born on a Monday and shipped to the post office on a Friday,\u201d Ms. Louzan said. Mr. Louzan expressed pride over his son\u2019s success and the chickens. \u201cIt was a big day when they gave us that first egg,\u201d he said. \u201cI still laugh when I see the trophy. It\u2019s not something you expect.\u201d The fascination of the chickens, with names like \u201cYankee\u201d and \u201cMickey,\u201d in honor of baseball Hall of Fame star Mickey Mantle, speaks to the bond of this family with another passion: baseball. While Patrick is a golfer whose nine-hole handicap is 10.4, it is clear he loves the diamond. He will soon try out for the Wilton under-13 travel team as a catcher. He is like many New York Yankees fans when he says that Derek Jeter is one of his favorites, but it\u2019s not every day that a young man speaks with such knowledge of Yogi Berra, the legendary Yankees catcher. He also counts Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants as a favorite. When asked how many World Series rings Mr. Berra has won, Patrick is quick to answer: \u201cTen.\u201d Said his mother, \u201cEvery book upstairs in his room is baseball. If it gets someone reading, then it\u2019s good.\u201d Among Patrick\u2019s hobbies is the game Strat-O-Matic, in which each baseball player is given his or her own card with statistics. The game is played when a die is rolled and the result is played out via the corresponding information on the card. Patrick plays the game as the famed 1927 Yankees \u201cMurderer\u2019s Row\u201d team of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Some of this has helped sharpen his confidence, something his mother saw in person. \u201cPatrick has little twin brothers who are 4, Joseph and John,\u201d she said. At one of Patrick\u2019s league games, she continued, \u201cI took them up to the press box behind home plate, and I asked who was catching. I was told that was Patrick. He owned that field.\u201d The Louzans have filled out the formal application to appear in the fair at Quinnipiac University. According to Ms. Louzan, only about half the winners in their individual school fairs choose to enter. Patrick is ready for the challenge. \u201cI felt really confident,\u201d he said. \u201cI hope to do the same thing at Quinnipiac. I want to win.\u201d While there might not be any more science fairs, Patrick still hopes for a new addition at home. \u201cNext year we\u2019re hoping to have an alpaca,\u201d he said. His parents suggested that isn\u2019t likely. For more on the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, visit ctsciencefair.org.