2013-04-18 / Top News

Strasburg student wins big at science fairs


Matthew Schaefbauer Matthew Schaefbauer Matt Schaefbauer is taking advantage of courses made available at Strasburg High School through the Missouri River Area Career and Technology Center (MRACTC).

In March, he entered the South West Regional Science Fair held in Mandan and was recognized with three awards including the top project in the computer science category. He also earned the U.S. Air Force award along with the Intel Excellence in Computer Science award which included a $200 prize and advancement to the State Science Fair held April 4 and 5 in Grand Forks.

At the State Science Fair, he continued to accumulate awards including winning the State Awards from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Award, and the State Intel Computer ScienceAward and another $200 prize. Overall, he placed 2nd in the North Dakota State Science and Engineer Fair and qualifies for the International Science Fair to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., May 12-17.

In addition he was awarded a $14,000 four-year scholarship to Jamestown College.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international precollege science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.

The son of Thomas L. and Shelley Schaefbauer of Strasburg, Matt is a senior at Strasburg High School and is enrolled in courses offered online through the MRACTC. The courses he has taken this year include “Introduction to Programming Languages” and “Programming Essentials – Visual Basic.”

Matt created a physics program that is easy to use and that can solve numerous physics problems. His goal was to create a better and more effective way of solving a larger amount of physics problems in a shorter amount of time.

Instructor Mr. Ray Hintz is currently providing this course to 13 students from eight different schools in a fully online environment using the “Moodle” learning management system. The MRACTC offers 20 Career and Technical course choices to enhance the curriculums of 28 south central school districts that are members of the Missouri River Educational Cooperative (MREC). The MRACTC is a special project of the MREC, the State Department of Career and Technical Education and Bismarck Public Schools.

For more information on the MREC and the MRACTC visit http://mrecnd.org.

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