This project started in 2014 in an effort to remove language, educational, and socioeconomic barriers that prevent students from participating in the science fair. The Science Fair Mentoring Project was born out of a desire to support these students. Now in its fifth year, the Science Fair Mentoring Project has assisted 238 different students participate in the local science fair (STEAM Expo) and 74 students to attend the Regional Science Fair in Mankato.
This project is led by a Board of Directors and steering committee comprised of the following community members and educators:
Catherine Haslag, Project Founder and C.E.O.
Carolyn Bogott, retired early childhood educator
Fred Bogott, retired doctor with Mayo Hospital
Rick Herreid, retired researcher from Hormel Research and Development
Gema Alvarado, Director of the Parenting Resource Center
Jake Vela, Success Coach, Banfield Elementary School
Shelly Weinmann, Teacher, Neveln Elementary School