Mandan science students successful at fair
Six Mandan students are advancing to state competition after each receiving first place qualifier awards at the Southwest Central North Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Alexander Spilman, Barbara Senger, Eileen Spilman, Eric Spilman, Dale Spilman and Juliann Spilman now advance to the North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Grand Forks on April 4 and 5.
The South West Central North Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Mandan High School Gymnasium on Wednesday, March 13. A total of 118 students from schools throughout the region exhibited projects at the fair.
Projects were entered and competed in 17 scientific categories. The regional fair had a senior division (grades 9-12) and a junior division (grades 6-8) and included participants from public and private schools.
Representing Mandan High School in the Senior Division was Alexander Spilman, Barbara Senger, and Eileen Spilman. Their advisor was Julie Fleck. Representing Mandan Middle School in the Junior Division were Eric Spilman, Dale Spilman and Juliann Spilman, who were advised by Jackson Long.
Science fairs are an opportunity for students to apply scientific method to conduct independent research. Each student designs and carries out independent research in the form of a project. The student’s project is displayed and they are interviewed to determine scientific merit at a science fair. Students who have been judged to have used scientific method properly and who demonstrate a thorough understanding of their topic advance on to the next level of science fair and awarded prizes.
Along with the honor of advancing to the state competition, these students received special awards for their projects at the regional fair.
Alexander Spilman, a senior, won six awards for his project entitled, “Study of TENORM Deposits in Oil Field Equipment.” His awards were the 2013 Grand Champion Environmental Award, Best Senior High Project in Chemistry, Naval Science Award, the 2013 Regional Sustainable Development Award, the Excellence in Chemistry Award, and the first place Blue Ribbon State Fair Qualifier in the senior division.
Barbara Senger, a senior, won two awards for her project, “Lose the Ooze! How effective is “Whizzer” on cleaning wrestling mats?” She was awarded a U.S. Air Force most outstanding project exhibit award, and the first place Blue Ribbon State Fair Qualifier in the senior division.
Eileen Spilman, a sophomore, won seven awards for her project titled, “Realtime Proxy Analytical Method for Chloride in Water.” She was named the winner of the Best Senior High Project in Environmental Sciences, U.S. Army Certificate of Achievement, NOAA’s 2013 Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award, and the 2013 I-SWEEEP Outstanding Sustainability Award for Environmental Sustainability and Innovation. She was also awarded the Student Award for Geoscience Excellence, Best Drinking Water Quality Project (Senior Division), and the first place Blue Ribbon State Fair Qualifier in the senior division.
Eric Spilman, eightht grader, won four awards for his project, “Impact of Sun’s Angle on Solar Panels.” Eric’s awards included Best Junior High Project in Energy and Transportation, Naval Science Award, Broadcom MASTERS Outstanding Performance Award, and a first place blue ribbon state qualifier in junior division.
Eighth grader Dale Spilman, won seven awards for his project, “Effective Treatment of Ammonia in Wastewater.” His awards included Best Junior High Project in Environmental Management, Broadcom Masters Outstanding Performance Award, Ricoh’s Top Environmental Project Award and 2013 Regional Sustainable Development Award. In the Junior Division he also won the Stockholm Water Prize, Best Drinking Water Quality Project, and a first place blue ribbon state qualifier in junior division award.
Juliann Spilman, seventh grader, won three awards for her project titled, “Error Analysis-The Math of Mistakes.” She was awarded the Best Junior High Project in Mathematical Sciences, Broadcom Masters Outstanding Performance Award, and a first place blue ribbon state qualifier in junior division award.
With only 16 students in each division being selected to advance on to the state competition, the selection process is very intensive. Mandan will have three students in the senior division and three students in the junior division.