Creativity filled the gymnasium as more than 700 projects were displayed at the annual Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair, held on January 19, 2013 at Anoka High School. Nine representatives from the Blaine campus of Minnesota School of Business served as judges at the event.
The STEM Fair is an opportunity for K-12 students to showcase their inquiry skills and creative genius through researching and creating projects to display and teach others. Students also practice their presentation skills as they explain their projects to several judges during the event.
John Daley and his wife Vicki; Ann Edmonds and her husband Ken; Rick Eubanks; Patty Horazdovsky; Julie Kresh; Amber McCollow; and Melissa Young represented MSB by judging at the event.
This year was Young’s first experience judging the event. “I was shocked at the amount of projects that were included in the event,” she said. “I judged seven events and was amazed by the dedication and creativity executed by the students through their projects.”
One project Young found quite impressive was focused on the use of solar panels. The student was very focused on the details of his project, and was able to work on the project with his dad. She said he plans to continue adding more to his project as he will participate in the STEM Fair next year.
Daley recalls a project from a vivacious third grader who explained to him how magnetism can be used to propel vehicles. She had a toy car with a strong magnet on one end, and showed how the car could be attracted or repelled. She also had a compass to determine the strength and aspect of the magnet in use.
“She said she hopes that her mom can buy a magnetic car someday, because it would be so much fun!” said Daley.
One of the nine projects Horazdovsky judged particularly stood out to her. “One of the students had painstakingly made model teeth to measure the amount of whitening in five different toothpastes,” she noted. “The student’s interest was piqued, and she would like to further her experiment, using white strips next time.”
McCollow noted, “I thought all of the projects I judged were outstanding. I cannot believe how talented and passionate students are about their science projects. It was also a great opportunity to engage with the students and let them proudly display their project.”
What impressed Eubanks most was the wide variety of topics the experiments covered. “There was everything from experiments with solar panels and tire pressure performance to ‘is fast food real?’”
Kresh said, “I had a great time volunteering as a judge at the STEM Fair, for the second consecutive year. The students are always excited to share what they have learned and I am happy to be part of that.”