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Standout science student earns invite to STEM day

Matt Trussell, Metcalf Middle School student, received many accolades and awards at the Metcalf Science Fair, the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair and the MN State Science Fair for the 2017-2018 school year.

The award that stood out the most for him, Matt said, was from DiaSorin, a diagnostic biotechnology company located in Stillwater. The company honored Matt with their Merit and Relativity Award at the state science fair. In addition to receiving this award, Matt and four other middle school students from Minnesota were invited to attend DiaSorin’s STEM Day.

'Oobleck' gives students hands on lesson in non-Newtonian fluids

During the last week of school at Metcalf Middle, students were given an opportunity to take their shoes off for some science fun! For 6th grade science, student standards are for physical science. In order to better understand matter and properties such as elasticity, students were able to run across a kiddie pool of oobleck which is a non-Newtonian fluid.  

Vista View students’ artwork will adorn Beargrease trail mail envelopes

To honor the race’s namesake, who delivered mail along the North Shore of Lake Superior for more than 20 years in the late 1800s, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has a tradition of mushers carrying mail with them along the course from Two Harbors to Duluth. This year, a little piece of a Vista View Elementary classroom will be making the 400 mile trek, too.

A collage of sled dogs created by students in Amy Tucci’s second grade class last year was chosen to adorn the envelopes of all the trail mail at this year’s race, which starts Jan. 28.

Students create club to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers

Someday they’d like to be scientists, computer programmers, engineers or mathematicians, but now they’re female students at Burnsville High School and they’ve started a new club to encourage and support girls interested in STEM careers.

The Women in STEM club began last spring when senior Emily Reynolds realized the need for a club for girls who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She knows that women are under-represented in STEM jobs and she wants to change that dynamic.

Burnsville High School science teacher Hugstad-Vaa receives two Lifetime Achievement Awards

Burnsville High School science teacher Jenny Hugstad-Vaa recently received two recognitions for mentoring students and teaching STEM education.

She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Academy of Science during the Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) in Minneapolis in March and also one from the Twin Cities Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Minnesota in February.

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