Maine State Science Fair Returns

Dear Teachers,

Maine State Science Fair is back for its 72nd year, with more to offer than ever before! MSSF is focused on exciting student research and welcomes projects in the fields of computer science, engineering, life sciences, mathematics, behavioral & social sciences, data science, and all STEM fields. Visit for more information.

New Venue

The 2018 Maine State Science Fair will take place on Saturday, March 24 at Thomas College in Waterville. We invite high school students – working alone or in teams of 2-3 – to share their original projects with their peers and a cadre of judges from industry, higher education, research institutions and government.

Solve It! Challenge

We’d like to announce a new partnership with Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Together, we are launching the Solve It! Challenge. Teachers and students have told us that one of the toughest parts of a project is coming up with a good idea. This year, we’re asking students to address a problem that’s relevant to Maine. Of course, we’ll still accept the great variety of projects we have in the past, but some students may choose to take the Solve It! Challenge.

Teacher Guide

We are also pleased to launch an MSSF Teacher’s Guide that compiles the many resources we’ve produced over the last several years. It includes recruitment materials and resources to help support student participants. If you have any resources to add or there’s something you wish was on the site, email Stefany at And don’t forget to bookmark the link!


Students can also compete for lucrative scholarships from Maine colleges and universities. The University of Maine and College of the Atlantic are already on board to offer scholarships and hope to announce others in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for details.

Get Started

If your school participated in MSSF last year and you have a Scienteer account, you can now log in and invite your students to get started on their projects. If you are new to MSSF, or if you don’t have a Scienteer account, please preregister your school at The deadline for students to submit their projects for approval is January 26, 2018. For help with Scienteer, check out the online manual and user guide.

Don’t hesitate to contact either of us if you need help. We look forward to working with all of you this coming school year.


Mike McKernan

The Jackson Laboratory


Stefany Burrell

Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance





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