St. Paul’s student advances to national science fair

NEW ULM – Peter Spengler, grade six, from St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School in New Ulm, earned a purple (first-place) ribbon at the Regional Science Fair for grades 3-6, at Minnesota State University, Saturday, April 27. At the special awards ceremony following the competition, he went on to earn a gold (first-place) medal in his scientific division (Engineering, Math and Computer Science); cash prizes; and a nomination to compete in Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). Spengler’s project, titled “Subs on the Move: Spin or Swim,” involved making rubber band propelled water bottle submarines and testing how the fin shape and size affected the stability of the sub.

Broadcom MASTERS is the national science, technology, engineering and math competition for U.S. sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders held by the Society for Science & the Public, the organization that puts on the Intel International Science Fair for high-school students.

Broadcom MASTERS nominees are selected from the top 10 percent of science fair participants in the nation. Nominees complete an application explaining their project and demonstrating their use of STEM principles – science, technology, engineering and math – in its development. From entrants nationwide, 300 semifinalists are selected, including 30 finalists. The finalists earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and compete for more than $500,000 in prizes, including a $25,000 first-place prize.

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Teddy Giefer, a fifth-grader at St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School in New Ulm, earned a blue ribbon at the Regional Science Fair for grades 3-6 at Minnesota State University, Saturday, April 27. His project is titled “Freezing Point.”

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