Maine State Science Fair

Maine State Science Fair 2016

Got an idea for a science project? Show us what you got! Submit your discovery for the 2016 Maine State Science Fair by February 5, 2016.

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 will take place March 19, 2016, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. A tentative schedule is available.

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

Congratulations to all the participants of the 2015 Maine State Science Fair!  The winners of individual categories, special awards, and the Maine ISEF Finalists, are provided here.

Ten 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. Ask questions about the topic. Do you know the answers? Does someone else know the answers (see Step 2)?  The possibilities are endless:

  • Animal sciences
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth science
  • Engineering - Materials and Bioengineering
  • Engineering - Electrical and Mechanical
  • Energy and Transportation
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Management
  • Medicine and Health
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences

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, or ask the experts.

Step 3: Ask your essential question and form your hypothesis.

Step 4: Complete the required forms. All students must to complete Form 1, Form 1A with Research Plan and Form 1B. If your experiment involves human participants, vertebrate animals, biological tissue or hazardous chemicals/equipment additional forms are required. Please see our forms page for additional information. Ask your teacher if he or she has completed the School Registration form.

Step 5: Register for the Fair and Submit your completed PDF forms by email for final review. Students should register their project online.  All documents should be submitted as an email attachment to

Step 6: Review and Approval. The MSSF Scientific Review Committee will review and approve all proposals. All projects are reviewed for safety requirements, completion of forms and additional regulations that may apply to individual projects. No experimentation can begin before approval has been received. You will be notified by email that you may proceed.

Step 7: Experiment. Begin experimentation as soon as you receive your approval from the Maine State Science Fair. Record all data in your Data Notebook.

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

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!