Minnetonka Research swept the field during their first visit to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair! Eight of its nine projects qualified for the state-level competition (April 8-10) and numerous students won individual awards, including qualifying for the International Science and Engineering Fair directly from Regionals.
"This was a great opportunity for our students to showcase the hard work they have done so far this year and to discuss their research with professionals and scientists," said Kim Hoehne, Director of Minnetonka Research. "We were really excited to have such a great showing in our first year at the event."
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for $4 million in prizes. ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral-level scientists review and judge their work.
Communication is a key component of the Minnetonka Research program, and the students effectively communicated their work and ideas with poise and confidence. In addition to presenting their work, they received feedback from the judges and can take that into consideration as they continue to move forward in their research for the remainder of the school year.
"The feeling is a bit overwhelming," said Leonardo Clarke, who won three awards at the competition, one of which included having his project selected for ISEF. "I never expected that I would be given this opportunity, and I am so thankful to everyone who has contributed to my success in reaching this point."
His project, The Relationship Between the Primary Pulsation Period and the Blazhko Effect in RR Lyrae Variables, deals with variable stars - those stars that change their brightness over time. Leonardo will be traveling to Pittsburgh, PA May 13-18 to compete in the international competition.
Congratulations to all students who have won at this event and are moving on to state and international competitions!
Here is a full list of awards won at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair:
3M Inventor Recognition
US Air Force Award
Naval Science Award
American Psychological Association Award
ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
US Metric Association Award
Upcoming International Science and Engineering Fair Competition
ISEF Alternate (1st)-Parthiv Krishna
ISEF Finalist-Leonardo Clarke
All Minnetonka Research students will have the opportunity to present their work at the 2nd annual Minnetonka Research Symposium on May 30. This event is open to the public and will run from 6:30 -8 p.m. at Minnetonka High School.