Da Vinci Fest Science Fair

Da Vinci Fest  •  Jan. 6, 2018  •  Stillwater Area High School

Da Vinci Fest, hosted by The Partnership Plan and Stillwater Area Public Schools, is open to all students who live within the boundaries of School District 834, no matter where they go to school.

Fourth and 5th grade students may enter as Elementary participants, and will be judged as exhibition (non-competition) participants. All 4th and 5th graders will receive a participation certificate.

Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade will be judged in the Middle School Category. A Grand Champion, First and Second place will be awarded to this age grouping, as will medals in each of the scientific categories.

Students in 9th through 12th grade will be judged in the Senior High Category. A Grand Champion, First and Second place will be awarded to this age grouping, as will medals in each of the scientific categories.

Winning students in grades 6 through 12 will have the chance to proceed on to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Judges’ comments and scoring at Da Vinci Fest are intended to help participants achieve greater success at those levels. Students are encouraged to begin their independent research as soon as possible.

Please read the Information Packet. It contains a link to the online registration form, as well as crucial information you will need to know before you can participate.

Info packet for 4th and 5th graders

Info packet for 6th through 12th graders


Students who advanced to the state science fair from the regional science fair did exceptionally well over the weekend of March 25. In fact, Stillwater students captured 3 of the 19 spots to represent Minnesota in the ISEF international science fair.

Two students–Everett Kroll and Hannah Farmer–will advance to the ISEF fair this spring in Los Angeles, with all expenses paid. Haley Jostes is an alternate to the fair.

Eight Stillwater students joined nearly 400 other students to present research posters at the
80th annual Minnesota Science Fair. One student, Nate Farmer, also was one of 61 students from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to present research papers at the 49th annual North Central Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. He placed 4th, winning him an expense-paid trip to the national JSHS in San Diego this spring.

The Stillwater students who competed in the state science fair are: Abby Banks, Nate Farmer, Haley Jostes and Everett Kroll from Stillwater Area High School; Michael Finch and Max Vogel from Oak-Land Junior High School; Hannah Farmer from Stillwater Junior High School; and Ella Fix from Afton-Lakeland Elementary School.

Here are additional results reported to us from the state fair.Congratulations to all the students!

Everett Kroll: 2nd place Beckman Coulter engineering award and the Office of Naval Research special award.

Abby Banks: SPIE 2nd place high school award for excellence in optics.

Haley Jostes: Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) bronze medal grand award.

Max Vogel: Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Nate Farmer: MAS bronze medal grand award, the MAS Presidential Award for best research
paper in the category of Medicine and Health.


More than 20 winners from the 2017 Da Vinci Fest Science Fair went on to further competition at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. These were the results reported to us.

Six students advanced from the regional to state competition: Nate Farmer, Hannah Farmer, Michael Finch, Everett Kroll, Haley Jostes and Max Vogel. In addition, students earned additional special honors.

Hannah Farmer: Orbital ATK Sponsor Award; 3M Award; Navy Award: ISEF 2nd alternate; JSHS alternate High School Paper.

Nate Farmer: Dow Chemical Sponsor Award runner-up; 3rd Place High School Paper; paper advanced to JSHS 3 State Regionals.

Everett Kroll: ISEF Finalist; 3M Award; Caffeinated Student ISEF Alumni Award; ASM Award.

Haley Jostes: Grade 10 Women in Science Award; America Fisheries Award; Association of Women in Geo-sciences Award; ISEF 1st Alternate.

Max Vogel: ISEF Alumni Award; Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Award; Caffeinated Student ISEF Alumni Award; Stockholm Junior Water Prize; Ecolab Award.

Michael Finch: Stockholm Junior Water Prize and Sponsor Award.

Milan Jostes: Astronomical Society Award; Air Force Award; Navy Award; ISEF Alumni Award.

Chelsea Lai: Premier Bank Award; University of Minnesota Award; 3M Inventor Award; Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award.

Orion Tyrell: Astronomical Society Award and a Sponsor Award.

The Partnership Plan is proud to sponsor them on this educational journey.







Everett Kroll, Hannah Farmer and Haley Jostes, above, pictured at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair.

2017 Da Vinci Fest Student Winners