Six Bemidji Middle School students recently competed at the 83rd Annual Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair.

(7th grade) Elliott Gieser: “Heat in a Box”

(7th Grade) Moraya Holleman: “Brainy Birth Order”

(7th Grade) Reed Johnson “Beauty is the Better Buffer”

(8th grade) Calla Gieser: “Green Tops-Hot or Not”

(8th grade) Madeline Larson: “The Effects of Pressurizing a Hydrogen Fuel Cell”

(8th grade) Misha Montgomery: “Masculinity, Femininity, and Androgyny Associated with Musical Preference”

Due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair (MSSEF) scheduled to be held at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School March 26-28, 2020, was cancelled and the competition was moved to a virtual format. Instead of competing in person, the students sent in a video in order to virtually present their science project. The MSSEF Awards ceremony was held virtually on April 1st at 7 p.m.

BMS students earned 15 total awards and won a total of $975 in prizes. BMS had two “Gold Award” winners (which means they placed in the top 5% of all middle school projects): Misha Montgomery and Reed Johnson. The top prize money award winner was Calla Gieser who won a 1st place (middle school project) Ecolab Green Award totaling $700! All of the BMS award winners and their awards are listed below

GRAND AWARDS: recognize excellence in STEM research. The top 5% of all middle school projects presented at SSEF receive the Gold Award. Projects are ranked according to judge scores and the competitiveness of the category in which students present.  Misha Montgomery & Reed Johnson

SEAGATE EMERGING SCIENTIST AWARDS: These awards recognize excellent STEM research conducted by students competing for the first time. The top 10% of first-year students receive trophies. Misha Montgomery & Reed Johnson

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY: Middle School Outstanding Project ($50) Madeline Larson

BECKMAN COULTER AWARDS: Third Place Middle School Engineering Project ($75) Elliott Gieser

BROADCOM MASTERS AWARDS: The top 10% of 6th, 7th & 8th grade students are invited to apply for this prestigious national STEM competition. Winners must place 1st – 4th in overall judging. Misha Montgomery & Reed Johnson

DIASORIN, INC. MERIT AWARD: recognize students who participate primarily through their own independence and passion, regardless of the resources available to them. Best independent work demonstrating the scientific method ($100): Moraya Holleman

ECOLAB GREEN AWARD: First Place Middle School Project ($700): Calla Gieser

MN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (MEHA): Award for Excellence in Environmental Health Science. Second Place Middle School ($50) Calla Gieser