Graduate is One of the World’s 50 Smartest Teens

Charlie has long been fascinated by rockets and space and has spent much of his free time since childhood tinkering and building. Over time, this experimentation has led to the development of sophisticated rocket designs and airplane prototypes aerodynamically designed to maximize efficiency and minimize cost. Charlie presented these original designs at regional and international science fairs, winning the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award for engineering at the 2016 Google Science Fair and the second place engineering prize at the Intel International Science Fair in 2017.


This year, Charlie qualified for the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair at MIT and won second place for his patented design of a morphing airplane wing.

"Charlie is a young man who is naturally driven to play with ideas,” said Head of School Rob Wells. ”His engineering thinking is creative and celebrated, but as a student in my history course, he was just as excited about ideology and connections. His intellect is deep and broad. He embodies the joint appreciation of technology and social forces that our future needs and demands.”

Charlie shares this recognition as one of the world’s smartest teens with child authors, entrepreneurs, actors, and visionaries. According to, "What makes each person on this list so smart isn’t merely their impressive academics, although those certainly don’t hurt. What sets these teens apart in the world of smarts is their astounding success. These young people are not only theoretically intelligent, but they’ve applied their smarts in myriad practical, helpful, amazing ways."

What motivates Charlie to design and create?  In October 2016 he told the Martha’s Vineyard Times “I just want to invent things and help people. That’s all it is.”

Charlie will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to study aerospace engineering.“I’ve wanted to attend MIT since I was young,” Charlie says. “I never really wanted to go to any other college. Falmouth Academy made that happen for me. He also credits the school with teaching him how to communicate effectively, an asset, he says, when competing at science fairs. “Falmouth Academy doesn’t just teach excellent science, but how to write effectively and, most importantly, how to speak effectively.”

Falmouth Academy is a regional independent day school offering students in grades 7 to 12 from the Cape, Coast, and Islands a rigorous curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities.  Every year, Falmouth Academy students conduct original scientific research—some working in the laboratories of mentors who hail from the area’s renowned scientific institutions—and present their work at the Falmouth Academy science fair. In recent years, Falmouth Academy students have garnered more than 138 top prizes at the state science fair, 15 invitations to the International Science and Engineering Fair, and 14 semi-finalist and finalist spots in national research-based science competitions including Intel, Google, Siemens, and Westinghouse.