Maine State Science Fair

Highlights from the 2015 Maine State Science Fair

The 2015 Maine State Science Fair was held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.  The fair included over 150 students from over 15 Maine schools.  The 2016 MSSF will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Cross Insurance Center, in cooperation with the Maine Science Festival.

2016 Maine State Science Fair

The Maine State Science Fair is a wonderful opportunity for Maine high school students to present original research to a state-wide audience of their peers and judges including scientists, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, and other STEM professionals. The 2016 Maine State Science Fair took place on Saturday, March 19 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, with 182 students from 17 Maine high schools participating.

MSSF is open to all students from all public, private, parochial and home schools (Grades 9-12) throughout Maine.

MSSF is organized by The Jackson Laboratory and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.  The MSSF is a proud participant in the Maine Science Festival.

Congratulations to all the participants of the 2016 Maine State Science Fair! 

The winners of individual categories, special awards, and the Maine ISEF Finalists, are provided here.

10 Steps to the Maine State Science Fair

Step 1: Choose a topic. This should be something that interests you and causes you to ask questions or stimulates your curiosity. You could use science or engineering to solve a problem in your school or community.  Ask questions about the topic. Do you know the answers? Does someone else know the answers?  The possibilities are endless:

  • Animal sciences
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Embedded Systems
  • Energy: Chemical
  • Energy: Physical
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  • Systems Software
  • Translational Medical Science

Step 2: Conduct background research. What is already known about this topic? What questions are other people asking? What has yet to be discovered? Utilize background research resources in your school, library, online, or ask the experts.

Step 3: Ask your essential question and form your hypothesis. Boil your ideas down to a single question or problem.  Write a hypothesis or begin to sketch out a design solution.

Step 4: Register. Students should register their project online.  Ask your teacher if they have completed the School Registration form.

Step 5: Download and complete the required forms.

All preregistered students will receive an email with instructions on how to access the MSSF portal including forms and submission instructions.

All students must complete:

  • Form 1
  • Form 1A
  • Form 1B
  • Research Plan
  • Abstract

If your experiment involves human participants, vertebrate animals, biological tissue or hazardous chemicals/equipment additional forms are required.

Some students must complete:

  • Forms for human subjects
  • Forms for use of vertebrate animals
  • Forms for use of hazardous materials

All forms will be submitted online.  Preregistration is required (see Step 4, above).

Step 6: Review and Approval.  Projects NOT involving hazardous materials, hazardous biological agents, human subjects, or vertebrate animals may begin at any time - prior review by the Maine State Science Fair Scientific Review Committee is not required. However, if your project DOES involve hazardous materials, hazardous biological agents, human subjects, or vertebrate animals it is subject to prior review by the Scientific Review Committee.  You will be electronically notified that you may proceed.

Step 7: Experiment. Begin experimentation. Record all data in your Data Notebook.

Step 8: Abstract. Once you have completed your experiment and recorded all data, submit the abstract form, no later than February 29, 2016.

Step 9: Display. Create your display. See Display Rules for what is not allowed.

Step 10: Compete! Travel to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor at 7am on Saturday, March 19, 2016, set up your display and compete!