More than 800 students took part in the Anoka-Hennepin Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair Jan. 19 at Anoka High School.
More than 300 community members and 80 National Honor Society (NHS) members, representing all Anoka-Hennepin high schools, volunteered as judges.
Sam Skoglund, an eighth-grade student at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, presented his project “Mud Volts.” Skoglund’s “problem” was “What type of mud will generate the most electricity in a microbial fuel cell?” Skoglund’s display featured his research and findings.
Skoglund said he likes participating in the STEM Fair because he likes to see other students’ projects and to show others what he’s been working on so they can learn more about clean energy.
“I am very interested in renewable energy and want to find ways to have cleaner energy,” he said.
Anna Truong, a senior at Coon Rapids High School and NHS member, was one of the judges to talk with Skoglund about his project. She said she volunteered to be a judge because she likes to see what students are working on and that Skoglund did a very good job.
The next step for students is the Regional Science Fair Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Cloud State University.
Kevin Molohon, a teacher at Champlin Park High School who coordinates the Anoka-Hennepin STEM Fair, said the district typically sends more than 100 students to the regional contest. From there, 30 to 40 students typically advance to state competition.