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From Mentos to Molecules

More than 60 regional students participate in science fair

Katie Embree, Student Academic Coordinator
We had many young scientists in our midst. Curious minds that took the opportunity to explore the why or what if of science. 
Katie Embree, Student Academic Coordinator

Tackling topics like “Does temperature affect how Diet Coke and Mentos react?” and “Choosing the longest lasting battery,” more than 60 Region 5 students in grades 4-6 demonstrated their mental prowess at the 2019 Science Fair at Sourcewell.

The event was held Thursday, March 7 in Staples. This is the first time Sourcewell has hosted the event. According to Sourcewell Student Academic Coordinator Katie Embree, the elementary science fair began as a dream more than 20 years ago by a classroom teacher in Bertha-Hewitt. In collaboration with other teachers, and with the help of Freshwater Education District, the science fair was planted in Region 5. In fall 2018, the Freshwater Gifted and Talented programming transitioned to Sourcewell and the science fair was one of the programs that made the shift.

Five regional schools participated in this year's fair, including Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Henning, Pillager, and Staples-Motley. Students were invited to enter a project in either the experiments category or research. Participating students were top finishers at their respective schools, earning them an opportunity to move on to the regional science fair at Sourcewell.

“We had many young scientists in our midst,” Embree said. “Curious minds that took the opportunity to explore the why or what if of science. Learning is a fun journey of exploration; keep your inquisitive minds asking questions and seeking the answers.”



2019 Science Fair Results:

Fourth Grade: Research

1st – Jaidyn Dykhoff, Bertha-Hewitt

2nd – Caleb Watercott, Henning

3rd – Brooke Kline, Henning

4th – Evan Schultz & Thomas Johnson, Staples Motley

Fourth Grade: Experiment

1st – Brady Bowman, Bertha-Hewitt

2nd – Hallie Weller, Henning

3rd – Paxton Line & Peyton Roberts, Browerville

4th – Hansen, Henning

HM – Elliot Severson, Henning

Fifth Grade: Research

1st – Monica Hansen, Henning

2nd – Norah Froslee, Henning

3rd – Mason Albertson, Staples Motley

4th – Callie Greenwaldt, Bertha-Hewitt

Fifth Grade: Experiment

1st – Nathanial Seamann, Staples Motley

2nd Anthony Rousu, Henning

3rd – Annabella Hegarty, Bertha-Hewitt

4th - Lily Cline, Staples Motley

HM – Miette Hansel, Bertha-Hewitt

HM – Lydia Stearns & Adriana Botello, Browerville

Sixth Grade: Research

1st – Peyton Mithun, Staples Motley

2nd – Ella Banister, Bertha-Hewitt

3rd – Joshua Rasmussen, Henning

4th – Jacob Schmitz, Bertha-Hewitt

HM – Natalie Marxer, Browerville

HM – Steven Petrich, Staples Motley

Sixth Grade: Experiment

1st – Carter Wilhelmi, Bertha-Hewitt

2nd – Sawyer Ferdon, Staples Motley

3rd – Tiffany Weber, Henning

4th – Maggie Teigland, Bertha-Hewitt

HM – Avery Rowe, Henning

HM – Lily Richey, Staples Motley

About Sourcewell

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with more than 300 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.