Kellogg Middle School student wins Seagate science award

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

ST. PAUL — Two area students were chosen recently to receive Seagate Rising Star awards for their science projects.

The awards were handed out during the 71st annual Minnesota Academy of Science State Fair awards ceremony on March 31 in St. Paul.

Riya Madan, an eighth-grader at Kellogg Middle School, won the Seagate Rising Star award for middle-school students.

Her project determined the association between people’s reflex speed and their ability to detect weight differences of objects held in their hands.


Ari Klages-Mundt, a senior at Winona High School, won the Seagate Rising Star award in the high school category for his project titled, "Solving the Hydrogen Storage Problem."

During the past three years, Klages-Mundt investigated the complexities of storing and using hydrogen as an alternative automotive fuel.

The Seagate Rising Star award, sponsored by Seagate Technology, is given to students whose projects display high degrees of difficulty, creativity and innovation. Awards are presented to one junior high student and one senior high student.

Criteria for this award are based on project complexity and thoroughness, along with a clear demonstration of innovation and effective communication.

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