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Andi Twiss

Build and maintain an outdoor raised bed laboratory to learn about soil, sediment, germination rates and more

2021 STEM Scholar
Brooklyn Center, MN New Millennium Academy

Andi’s Big Idea:

Andi’s students will design and build raised garden beds on campus to serve as an outdoor laboratory to design investigations around soil and sediment. Specifically, they will compare Mars simulated soil vs. Earth soil and test germination rates of tomato seeds that have traveled to the ISS and experienced solar radiation vs. seeds that have resided only on Earth. They will gather data on temperature, soil moisture and UV exposure to eventually automate this through Arduino sensors.

Interesting Facts:

Andi is a lover of music, travel, movies, sewing and trying new foods. A few months before quarantine, she adopted a cat named Tater Tot, now a frequent “zoom-bomber” during her online classes. Tater Tot apparently loves musicals as much as Andi does – she often sings during science lessons!

In her own words: “This project is a priority to guarantee specific, purposeful, and standards-driven science education. After a year of sitting in front of screens, I want to ensure our in-person learning is as dynamic as our learners are! ”