A Mahtomedi Middle School team will compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in April after capturing the regional title at the University of St. Thomas last month. The team was one of 24 to vie for the crown — and one of three from Mahtomedi Middle School.
Members include Ben Nelson, Andrew Krier, Aine Keel, Aiden Flick and Nathan Haugen. Barbara Nelson, a parent, coached the team, which survived 10 rounds similar to the television show Jeopardy.
The team defeated Minnetonka Middle School West for the title. Students were quizzed in biology, chemistry, math, energy, physics and earth and space science.
The Department of Energy National Science Bowl is to be held April 25-29.
The Mahtomedi school system has established itself as a major player in academic team events through STEM programming that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math. Several middle school teams were active this year in the FIRST Lego League robot-building competition.
Nominees sought for ‘educator of the year’
The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its Educator of the Year and Educational Support Person of the Year awards.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 19.
According to the chamber, the nominees can be educators, educational teams or other school employees. They must work at a public or private school in Cottage Grove, Newport or St. Paul Park, or at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.
Nomination forms are available on the chamber’s website.
The award winners will be announced at a spring banquet and annual meeting on April 12.
Middle schoolers raise money for hospital
Students at Cottage Grove Middle School hopped on bicycles to raise more than $9,279 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
The annual fundraiser, dubbed “Tour de Grove,” now is in its eighth year and has collected more than $70,000, according to a South Washington County School District news release.