Burnsville High School students rose to the challenge for this year’s state science fair and symposium, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, presenting projects was a little more challenging for the students because they had limited support and preparation time.
Krista Boaz, Nate Grenke, Teresa Le-Vu and Jacob Westerlund participated in the symposium, which is a competition based on the students' project paper. These students had to prepare a 12- minute presentation discussing their paper and fielding questions from judges.
Students participating in the backboard competition included Anna Blanco Beauperthuy, Minhnhat Le, Teresa Le-Vu, Irshad Molim, Fatimo Mursal and Jacob Westerlund. The competition required students to record a presentation using a backboard they had made for their research project.
"Although the competition was definitely more challenging for students this year because the competition was switched to a virtual one at the last minute, I was very impressed with the students' ability to successfully pull it off,” said Mike Huemoeller, Burnsville High School science teacher and science fair advisor. “They continue to impress me with their ability to be both flexible and innovative."
Jacob Westerlund emerged from the competition with a Wolfram Mathematica Software award and also advanced to the International Competition (ISEF) as an alternate.
Learn more about this year’s Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair.