Science Fair

Last Updated: 2/24/2021 8:21 PM

Putnam County Science Fair 2021

The 67th Annual Putnam County Science Fair had a different look this year as it was held virtually through an online platform called STEM Wizard. The event was organized and facilitated by the Putnam County Educational Service Center. Students in grades 7-9, from 7 school districts across the county, uploaded 66 projects to the online platform between January 19-27, 2021.  Projects the students submitted included an abstract, a research report, required experimentation paperwork, and a video presentation. From January 30 through February 3, there were 36 volunteer judges who logged on to the online platform to view and score the projects. General judging results were released to the students on February 5, 2021. Between February 6-10, special award judging took place. On February 11, 2021 students were awarded with 56 community sponsored awards. The Putnam County ESC science fair staff would like to thank all of the students, parents, teachers, administrators, volunteer judges, and community sponsors for this opportunity to engage in scientific discovery and enriched academic and social-emotional growth.    

We appreciate the time and work of our judges, as many changes to the traditional science fair were made. This year’s volunteer judges include Brian Beining, Marilyn Bohrer-Dunham, Tricia May, Bonita Brooks, Chris Brown, Randy Buss, Rick Carder, Shane Coleman, Thomas Diehl, Kevin Erford, Matthew Frey, Harold Gerten, Heather Harmon, Gary Herman, Jackie Homan, Jacob Honigford, Ron Honigford, Jeff Jostpille, Shawn Knodell, Dave Leader, Becky Leader, Ashley Like, Roger Luersman, Lorissa Meyer, Roger Minier, Rodney Neuveman, Amy Ricker, Sarah Rieman, Adam Schnipke, Brian Schroeder, Matt Selhorst, Lynn Subler, Mandy Verhoff, Scott Walthour, Jeanne Wehri.

Community Sponsors
Thank you to our community sponsors!  Those sponsors include: Jed & Mary Osborn, Putnam Educational Foundation, Ottawa Feed and Grain, Jim Kieffer Family, Pathways Counseling Center, Putnam County Medical Association, Town and Country Flowers, Tucker's Pharmacy, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Putnam Soil and Water, The Quarry Farm Nature Perserve & Conservation, Putnam County Dental Association, K&L Ready Mix, Techicon Design Group, Glandorf Warehouse, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Putnam County Health Department, Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Chiropractic Center of Ottoville, Retired Teachers of Putnam County, Glandorf Lions Club, Ottawa Lions Club, Putnam County Commissioners, Ottawa PC Repair, Blanchard River Watershed Project.

A list of special award winners can be found here: Community Sponsored Award Winners



Projects were judged on Oral, Written, and Visual Communication, Originality, Experimental Design, and Depth of Understanding. Projects receiving a score of 36-40 were awarded the highest rating of Superior.  

31 Putnam County students received superior ratings.  Students earning a superior rating include:

Noah Schroeder Laney Hedrick Megan Horstman Owen Calvelage Jarron Swick

Chase German Autumn Calvelage Calvin Menke Braden Knippen Landon Calvelage

Evan Ellerbrock Andrew Kahle Adam Buell Kara Lammers Jack Buell

Grace Schroeder Chelsea Erford Owen Tobe Jordan Schnipke Isabel Reyna

Carlie Bellman Carli Schnipke Matthew Horstman Abigail Bullinger Nicholas Brandeberry

Kristen Pohlman Anna Bendle Sarah Kamphaus Jade Roeder Breanne Fuerst

Joseph Morman


A special thank you to ESC administrative assistant Katelyn Gerding, Superintendent Dr. Jan Osborn and the Putnam County ESC Governing Board for their assistance and support of the Putnam County Science Fair.

Next steps for students include the Regional and District Science Fairs, State Science Day, and International Science Fair. All of these advanced science fairs will be held virtually also through the STEM Wizard platform. Congratulations to all of the students and best of luck as you move forward.


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