Summer researcher from Breck School places second in international science fair

Taylor McCanna works in the Augsburg College labs. She developed six prototypes of a field mill before creating a device that could measure the global electric circuit.
Taylor McCanna works in the Augsburg College labs. She developed six prototypes of a field mill before creating a device that could measure the global electric circuit.

Success often comes after repeated failure. That’s one of the key messages learned by a young scientist who worked with an Augsburg physics professor to place at the largest international science fair.

Taylor McCanna, a 2012 graduate of Breck School in Minneapolis, worked last summer with David Murr, an Augsburg physics professor, on a high altitude weather ballooning project. She was challenged to design, build, and test easily affordable equipment that ultimately could be built by other students and even the general public.

“Dr. Murr initially gave me projects and experiments that he knew would not work out,” McCanna said. “It was frustrating.”

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