Award-Winning Science


February 16, 2024

Amber Nichols

Hermantown Middle School's Gabriel Bradley, left, and Easton Mathews react with surprise when their research project on wolves is named the top middle school project.

Young scientists got a taste of scientific scrutiny at this year's 72nd annual Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair Saturday, where participants were outnumbered by judges 2-to-1.

Regional co-director and Cloquet science fair coach Cindy Welsh said she was worried the judges would be unhappy with the lower student numbers, but she heard no complaints.

"They all said the projects were fewer, but better," she said.

Numbers have been a rollercoaster since Covid, with teacher dropout an even bigger concern because they are the folks running the programs at the individual schools.

"Two midd...

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