More than 500 Minnesota students converged to compete in the 80th annual North Central State Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). The SSEF is an annual competition that has been the pinnacle of project-based education for the best and brightest Minnesota students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The State Science & Engineering Fair’s mission is to foster students to become informed citizens who are well versed in the methods and ideas of science and to inspire Minnesota students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
2017 State Science Fair Highlights!
The Intel ISEF Award is offered to the top high school projects at the State Science & Engineering Fair. Winners receive an all-expense paid trip to compete at the International Science & Engineering Fair, which in 2017 will be held in Los Angeles May 14-19. ISEF is the world's largest international pro-college science competition, featuring more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries. For 2017, state winners of this award are (below left to right): Hannah F. (Stillwater), Akshat S. (Oronoco), Avni J. (Eden Prairie), Manashree P. (Woodbury). NEW: A fifth student was added to the contingent, since each team consisted of single individuals. Rohan P. (Rochester) also will be going to nationals.
Seagate's Rising Star award recognizes emerging scientists whose projects exemplify high degrees of difficulty, thoroughness, complexity, creativity, innovation and effective communication. The middle school winners were the team of Teagan F. & Erin C. (Duluth, below left) for "measuring the mortality rate of Daphnia magna exposed to tire chip leachate." The high school winner was Pujan P. (Rochester, below right) for his materials science project about preventing the spread of E. coli and other prominent bacteria in commonly touched surfaces.
- Seagate spotlights outstanding teachers from around the state who find creative ways to nurture students' interest in scientific research and discovery. Eric Seidelman of Ordean Middle School (Duluth, below left) was recognized as winner in the teacher 1-10 years category. Ellen Pierce of Northeast Range High School (Babbitt, below right) won in the teacher for more than 11 years category.
3M is a premier sponsor, offering prize money to the top three middle school and top three high school projects. The 2017 Middle School winners were (below left): 3rd -- Kyle L. (Remer), 2nd -- Natalie L. (Andover), 1st -- Hassan M. (Minneapolis). The 2017 High School winners were (below right): 3rd -- Samantha D. & Abigail R. (Golden Valley, 2nd photo below right) for a novel approach to safeguarding valuables during this age of wearable technology), 2nd -- Archana M. (Golden Valley, 2nd photo below second from left) for retinal biomarkers to predict progression of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, 1st - Hemanth A. (Rochester, 2nd photo below center) for developing a novel electroporating toothbrush.
Ecolab's Green Award went to middle school winner Serena C. (Rochester, below left) for an experiment with ultrasound use in eliminating bacteria compared to traditional cleaning methods, and to high school winner Preethi K. (Rochester, below right), who determined the most effective starch-based bioplastic that can be used as an alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. Its Food Safety Award went to middle school winner Elizabeth D. (Champlin, not pictured) for "What's hiding in your fast food ice?" and high school winners Morgan T. & Jillian H. (Sandstone, below) for "Does time affect bacterial growth in opened and disturbed baby food?"
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