Lending a Helping Hand

March 08, 2017

SSM’s BioScience Center of Excellence students mentor young scientists at the Cannon River STEM School.

Students in Shattuck-St. Mary’s BioScience Center of Excellence took a break from working on their research projects to help students at Cannon River STEM School (CRSS) develop theirs, culminating in the eighth annual CRSS Science Fair on Wednesday, March 8. 

Several BioScience CoE members have visited the CRSS each Tuesday to work with 3rd-6th students as they developed their project research questions, formed and tested their hypotheses, and analyzed their results. On Wednesday, four SSM students returned to serve as Science Fair judges as 33 CRSS students, including 12 3rd-graders presenting for the very first time, showcased their projects. Participants were evaluated based on their research question, design and methodology, execution, creativity, and overall presentation.

The judging session provided valuable perspective for BioScience students who have long been immersed in their own research projects.

“It’s been valuable for our students, who have been investigating so many questions themselves, to take a step back and see things from the other side,” said BioScience Center of Excellence Director Dr. Maren LaLiberty. 

Top projects will advance to the South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 29 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.