Maine Middle School Science & Engineering Fair

Calling all Young Scientists and Engineers!

Do you ever look at the world around you and find yourself thinking: 

I wonder…?

At the Maine Middle School Science & Engineering Fair, we challenge you to ask questions and solve problems in the world around you. Let your curiosity and creativity run free!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Gardiner Area High School

Important Dates

  • March 11 - Student Registration
  • March 14 - Informed Consent Form due for human subjects research
  • April 15 - All other forms due
Event Info

Register for MMSSEF

It's free for all Maine middle school students!

Register for MMSSEF

  1. Teachers register their school
  2. Students register and get parental permission
  3. Students submit their project forms
View Forms

Contact Us

We're here to help students and teachers every step of the way!

Contact Us

Cary James, Director

Meet the Team


Blue Diamond  |  $15,000+

Emerald  |  $10,000+

Ruby  |  $5,000+

Tourmaline  |  $2,500+

Contact Stefany Burrell,, to learn more about sponsoring the Maine Middle School Science & Engineering Fair.

Register for MMSSEF!

Step 1. Teacher registers their school.
Lead teacher: please register here. Homeschooling parents: please use this form too!

Step 2. Each teacher registers using this form.
Once registered, they can share the student registration form with their classes.

Step 3. Each student registers and gets parental permission with this form.
Parents will get an email with a permission form to sign online. Deadline: March 11

Step 4. Students submit their project forms.
See below for submission forms. Students working in teams: you only need to submit your project forms once!

Step 5. Students submit their posters optional videos.
Deadline: May 9

Step 6. Students practice their presentation skills for the big day.

Project Submission

Projects involving certain activities must be approved by MMSSEF prior to experimentation. These projects require specific forms to be submitted by March 1. Review the graphic below and refer to the official MMSSEF Rules to determine whether a project requires Advance Review. Contact MMSSEF staff with any questions. Use our FORM WIZARD to help students identify which paperwork they need to complete. 

All projects must be finalized with the use of our Final Submission Form by April 15.

MSSEF Fast Track vs Pre

Event Info

Our current plan is to host a hybrid Science & Engineering Fair at Gardiner Area High School and online on Saturday, May 21, 2022. There are many factors that will go into deciding whether we will ultimately hold the event in- person eventor virtually, but the date will not change regardless. If we do host at Gardiner, we will have a low-contact event if necessary and adhere to CDC guidelines and MMSA policies to keep everyone as safe as possible


We are affiliated with Broadcom MASTERS! What does that mean for you? The top 10% of projects that compete at the MMSSEF get to represent Maine at this national competition! In addition, our Maine students can compete for local awards, including:

Winners of the 2021 MMSSEF

Grand Awards
The following students will represent Maine at the Broadcom MASTERS Competition:

  • 1st Place – Adriana Rogow – Falmouth Middle School
    Insta-depressed?: the effects of social media on middle school students
  • 2nd Place – Grace Muffett – James F. Doughty School, Bangor
    Can Tardigrades Survive a High Altitude Balloon Flight?
  • 3rd Place – Alex Busco – James F. Doughty School, Bangor
    Microplastics in Bottled Water: Searching for a Common Correlation Between Bottle Size and Microplastic Concentration

Lemelson Young Inventors Award ($100)

  • Ian Blackwell and Nik Horton – James F. Doughty School, Bangor
    Nanocellulose and sawdust particle boards

Great work everyone! Congratulations to the winners!

Exciting News from Broadcom MASTERS!

Alex Busco of James F. Doughty School in Bangor has been named one of the 2021 Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS! Congratulations, Alex, and best of luck at the next level of competition!

Meet the Team

Cary James

Cary James


Stefany Burrell

207-626-3230 x 116

Rebecca Clark Uchenna

207-626-3230 x 119

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