The NE MN Science Fair will be held on February 7, 2015. More details to follow.
Two Cloquet High School Students Have Been Busy Traveling to International and National Science Fair Events
International Genius Olympia—Oswego, New York
National Stockholm Junior Waterprize—Harrington, Virginia
This spring and early summer, Christine Neumann and Crystal Moynan, two Cloquet High School sophomores were busy traveling almost 5,000 miles across the United States, presenting their award winning science paper/project titled What effect does gender, tone, and sound location have on the response behavior of Neogobius melanostomus (Round Gobies) and the possibility of future trapping of this invasive species. They started their journey in May, as previously reported, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where they received a first place special award. They set off again the second week of June (13th and 14th) representing Minnesota at the National Stockholm Junior Waterprize, in Herndon, Virginia. Moynan and Neumann were chosen to attend this prestigious event after their water related research paper was selected by the Central States Water Environment Association’s Minnesota Chapter (CSWEA-MN) as the BEST (first place) Minnesota 2014 State Stockholm Junior Waterprize’ submission (www.cswea.org). They flew directly from the Hendon, Virginia to Oswego, New York for the Genius Olympiad (www.geniusolympiad.org) where they were awarded a third place Grand Award-bronze medal. After eleven days, with a 36 hour layover in Chicago, they finally returned home to the Duluth Airport on June 22nd.
GENIUS Olympiad promotes a global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability through basic science, arts, creative writing, engineering, design, and policy development. GENIUS Olympiad provides challenges and opportunities for secondary school students, to instill in them the skills and knowledge needed to be the citizens, leaders, scientists, artists, writers, engineers, and policy makers of the future—agents who will promote and contribute to greater environmental sustainability throughout their lives. At this international high school project competition there were 842 applicant projects with328 students from 55 countries selected to present their work at the event.
Moynan and Neumann were given professional assistance from Brooke Vetter, a University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) biology graduate student working on her PhD and Dr. Robert Lloyd, psychology professor at UMD and mentored by Cloquet science teacher, Dr. Cynthia Welsh.
Round Goby are an invasive species of fish found in the Great Lakes, originally found in regions near the Black and Caspian Sea, and transported by ship around 1990 in the ballast water of cargo ships. The goby prey on lake trout eggs, a primary Lake Superior recreational fish, and fry and may feed on the fry and eggs of other species (French and Jude, 2001). Moynan and Neumann’s novel study was done to determine if a tone that mimics the frequency (175 hertz) of a male round goby’s (Neogobius melanostomus) mating call would have an effect on male and female response. After observing and remotely recording the behavior, they found that females spent more time and went into the minnow trap on the speaker side of the tank (175 Hz) and males avoided the speaker side (175 Hz) and minnow trap. Thus, using a tone at the frequency of the male mating call appears to be a feasible non-invasive control/removal method.
Attendance at Genius Olympiad and the National Stockholm Junior Waterprize is in part financially supported by the sponsoring event along with assistance from Cloquet Public Schools. Moynan and Neumann were also given project support from the Cloquet Educational Foundation, funded in part by the Minnesota Power Foundation. With special assistance from Holly Pellerin, director of the Manoomin Project, funded through the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s Geoscience Alliance’s Diversity Director Diana Dalbotten and Emi Ito.
The 2014 NE MN Regional Science Fair will be held on Feb 8, 2014 at UMD. Here are some important deadlines:
|SRC (Paperwork Due)||1/17/2014||Due to Cindy Welsh 2 copies (see info below on where and when you could meed Scott to drop them off)|
|Paper Registration||1/17/2014||Both high school and middle school due.
Cynthia Welsh will need two copies of each
students paper (if you email the paper I do not need paper copies)
plus a pdf or word file sent to her email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Science Fair Date||2/8/2014|
Please check http://nemnscifair.org for more details and notes.
School is out for the summer for most students in the Northland, but in Cloquet some students took home big awards first.
A group of students competed at a couple of international science fairs this year and won a total of five awards at the two fairs.
At one of the fairs, known as I-SWEEEP, students took home a gold and silver medal. At the other fair, ISEF, students took home three grand awards.
Each student competed with a project they’re passionate about.
“It’s all about your interests,” Teacher Cynthia Welsh said. “I don’t think education does enough with connecting to kids’ interest.”
Graduated senior Kendra Pallin likes microbiology and her project may have identified three new species of micro bacteria found in the Big Bog in northern Minnesota.
“It was so surreal,” Pallin said. “I did not expect to win an award at all. I just thought making it to ISEF was this huge accomplishment.”
Fellow student Angela Moynan researched how sunlight breaks down ibuprofen and how bacteria found in Lake Superior uses it.
“I would definitely like to see a removal method developed,” Moynan said. “It doesn’t really matter how it’s removed, but that people are researching ways to remove pharmaceuticals in our environment.”
Cassandra Roy researched the effect mining has on bacteria growing on wild rice.
“I’m Native American, so wild rice is an important part in my life,” Roy said. “I would hate to see us take it for advantage and praise the mining when really it turns around and is hurting the wild rice.”
While these three seniors graduated this spring, they said they’ll never forget what they learned while in high school.
“They’re my family,” Roy said. “I love them all so much. I don’t know what I’m going to do without them next year.”
I thought it might be nice for you to get feedback on how our ISEF Alumni are doing out there. Logan PALLIN, rain garden work, is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy at Duke University, he will be a junior this Fall. He did an internship in Portland. See the link below to view his work. Also, we received email feedback on how he did, I will forward them, one says he did a
Awesome presentation, of course he did, you guys helped him be able to do that…..see below 🙂
Scroll down and click on the two links by his photo 🙂
The 2013 Science Fair will be held Feb, 2nd, 2013.
Fair Director Dr. Cynthia Welsh makes the cover of The Woman Today. Congratulations!
Read the article here: http://thewomantoday.net/womantoday/august2012/index.html
Twenty eight Cloquet students, their mentors Cynthia Welsh, Cynthia Edwardson and Tim Anderson and teachers Amy Jackson and Ruth Bodigheimer attended the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science Fair, at Hilton Doubletree in Bloomington. Cloquet students were awarded many special awards at the State Fair. The following special awards were awarded. Angela Moynan, 11th grader, and her project titled The effects of photodegradation on ibuprofen and dissolved organic matter in Lake Superior and St. Louis River water: Phase IV was presented with the American Chemical Society Award and the Wolfram Research Mathematica Software Award. Also receiving the Wofram award were Preston Jackson, Alec Lamirande, and Bethany Rosemore. Rosemore and Moynan were given assistance from Elizabeth Welsh, a Water Resources graduate student from the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Rosemore’s project is titled The Use of Fluorescein and Rhodamine Dyes to Look at Photodegradation in Streams and Photodegradation rates of Caffeine, a Potential Wastewater Marker. Abby Anderson was awarded the St. Cloud State University – Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences) $2,000 Scholarship.
American Meteorological Society Awarded Madison Pallin for her research titled St. Louis River Estuary: The effect of location on water quality for different bodies of water within the Lake Superior/ St. Louis River watershed. Pallin was also given assistance from Elizabeth Welsh. College of St. Scholastica presented Cassandra Roy with the Creative Computing Award for her project titled The development of a Cloud based methodology to share images of dicentric chromosomes and collect data for the use in an international collaboration for dose assessment in a radiation emergency. Roy was given assistance from Dr. Gordon Livingston and Mollie Abbott from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Kendra Pallin received two special awards, the Society for In Vitro Biology Award and the Beckman Coulter Award for her research titled Identification of Environmental Mycobacteria Isolates DL474, DL505A and DL592 Using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Amplification and DNA Sequencing of Genes. Pallin was given assistance from Dr. John Dahl, UMD microbiology professor. The Ecolab Food Safety Award and the General Mills Food-Based Social Change First Place Award were awarded to William Bauer and Christian Wood for their computer science project titled The Application of Web Technologies as a Means for the Design and Implementation of an Advanced Food Safety Analysis System, Focusing on Institutional Needs in Relation to Potential Allergens. Wood and Bauer were given assistance from Don Bremer, of Donnaray Consulting.
The following MN Academy of Science project Grand Awards were won by Cloquet students. Silver Grand Award medals were given to the top ten percent of the over 600 projects at the state fair. Preston Jackson and Alec Lamirande, Cloquet juniors, were given assistance from Joel Nicol and Richard Rhoades. Their research is titled The design and fabrication of a drop test apparatus to evaluate vector force dispersion in materials; such as a non-Newtonian fluid mixed with recycled paper and plastic—Phase V. Also, awarded the silver medal was 7th grader Holly McGinn, given assistance from Jennifer Olker, PhD candidate in biology from the Natural Resource Research Institute (NRRI). McGinn and her project titled Frog Symmetry: What effect does frog body symmetry have on the likelihood of a limb mutation was also awarded the Seagate Rising Star award.
Bronze Grand Award medals were awarded to Bryce Moe, Issac Boedigheimer, and Abby Anderson. Anderson, a Cloquet junior, and her project is titled Black is the New Green Phase II: A Field Study of the Effects of Biochar, was given assistance from Dr. Kurt Spokas, plant scientist, at the University of Minnesota. Issac Boedigheimer’s project was given a bronze medal for his project titled Engineering a Bat Hitting Device: What effect does the type of bat have on the distance the ball goes in warm and cold temperatures? Boedigheimer was given special assistance from Richard Rhoades. Bryce Moe, a Cloquet seventh grader was awarded a bronze medal for his project titled Insects That Walk on Water: The Effect of Surfactants on a Model Water Strider. Moe also presented this research paper at the state fair.
Also presenting their research at the State Fair were Abby Peddle, Allie Masessa, Jada Johnson, Levi Peterson, Delaney Charon, Breanna Keith, Lauren Loeb, Taylor Leyrer, Riley Howes (Marshall), Gabriella Larson, Dakota Koski, Tayiah Hanson, Caleb Charon, Olivia Mayasich and Anna Pollak.
Cloquet Public Schools participation in the MN Academy of Science Fair is sponsored by Cloquet Schools and the Educational Foundation.
Bethany Rosemore, a senior, and Angela Moynan, a Cloquet High School junior, submitted water related research papers that were selected by the Central States Water Environment Association’s Minnesota Chapter (CSWEA-MN) for the Minnesota 2012 State Stockholm Junior Waterprize’ top awards (www.cswea.org).
Rosemore’s paper was honored as the second best water related paper in the state, for her research titled The Use of Fluorescein and Rhodamine Dyes to Look at Photodegradation in Streams and Photodegradation rates of Caffeine, a Potential Wastewater Marker. Angela Moynan’s research titled The effects of photodegradation on ibuprofen and dissolved organic matter in Lake Superior and St. Louis River water was also honored as the third best water related research paper in the state. Both Rosemore and Moynan were mentored by Cloquet science teacher, Dr. Cynthia Welsh, and were given expert assistance and lab time from Elizabeth Welsh, a Water Resources Science graduate student and Dr. Elizabeth Minor, a chemical limnologist, both from the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD).
These students had financial support for their work from Cloquet Public Schools, and the Cloquet Educational Foundation. With special assistance from Holly Pellerin, the director of the Manoomin Project, that is funded through the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s Geoscience Alliance’s Diversity Director Diana Dalbotten and Emi Ito.
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the most prestigious national award for a water-related science project at the high school level. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today’s youth as they seek to address current and future water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resource management, or water and wastewater treatment http://www.wef.org/AboutWater/
Angela Moynan, a Cloquet junior is not only an academic scholar, but also involved in Upward Bound, Dance line, National Honor Society, Destination Imagination and Track. Each of the last five years she attended the MN Academy of Science State Fair, Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, and this year she attended the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
Rosemore, a senior at Cloquet, has been accepted, and plans to attend the University of Rochester New York in the Fall, majoring in Biology and pre-Environmental Law. Rosemore will graduate with honors, and during her high school years she also participated in drama, dance-line, knowledge bowl, mock trial, and this year her Destination Imagination team advanced to the Global Competition. During her six years doing science research, each of the six years she attended the MN Academy of Science State Fair, Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, and she attended the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair all four of her high school years. At all of these prestigious events her research earned her top honors.