Weather Forecast


Science Research Team impresses at State

Perham’s Science Research Team competed at the State Science and Engineering Fair in Bloomington, Minn. Jay Klatt, Paul Schoeneburg-er, Kanyon Edvall, Michael Thompson, Maria Lorenson and Curtis Swanson (not in group photo) presented their projects for judging. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

After a great showing at the regional competition, Perham’s Science Research Team recently traveled to Bloomington, Minn. to compete at the State Science and Engineering Fair. There, four students won awards for their research and hard work.

The team members said they wouldn’t have done as well without the time and effort their advisor, science teacher Shawn Stafki, dedicated to the team.

“He’s a really good mentor,” said senior Maria Lorenson.

All of the team members who are not seniors said they plan to continue with the research team next year.

Michael Thompson and Kanyon Edvall won the second place Beckman Coulter Award, Intel’s Excellence in Computer Science Award and a Minnesota Academy of Science Grand Bronze Award. They made a smartphone app that uses Bluetooth to triangulate a location.

Maria Lorenson won the Graduate Women in Science 12th Grade Award and Water Environment Federation Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her research on how leftover birth control hormones (ethinyl estradiol) in the water supply can affect the development of zebrafish eggs.

As a regional winner, Lorenson will also advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

Curtis Swanson won the third place Minnesota Environmental Health Association Excellence in Environmental Health Science Award.

His research looked into lead fragments in hunting-harvested venison.