Metcalf STEM students earn first place

A team of eighth-grade students from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) magnet program at Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville earned a first place in the National Fluid Power Challenge at the University of Minnesota on Jan. 10.

Team members were Tyler Ofstad, Matt Baisch, Carston Swenson and Andrea Delius.

Two other teams from Metcalf also competed and were among 20 teams from around the state at the event.

The competition, sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association, challenges eighth-grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power.