Maine Middle School Science & Engineering Fair

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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 6, 2023

Boys & Girls Club in Gardiner


8:00 - Doors Open; Students Set up Projects
8:45 - Welcoming Remarks
9:00 - Judging Begins
12:00 - Judging Concludes; Departure

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
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Contact Us

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

Contact Us

Cary James, Director

Meet the Team

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 1

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 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 10. 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 12.

MSSEF Fast Track vs Pre

Event Info

The Science & Engineering Fair is a one-day expo where students share their STEM projects with their peers, families, and judges from Maine organizations. The 2023 event will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Boys & Girls Club, 14 Pray Street, Gardiner.

Registered students should come with a poster, lab notebook if available, and any small props or prototypes. Each project will get a 4’ table space and the poster must be freestanding on the table. Doors open at 8am and students must have their displays set up by 8:45. At 9:00, judging will begin and run until noon. Teachers of registered students will be provided with a more detailed schedule leading up to the fair. The awards ceremony will be available to view on Monday, May 8.


Blue Diamond  |  $15,000+

Maine Technology Institute (MTI) logo

Emerald  |  $10,000+

Society for Science logo

Ruby  |  $5,000+

Tourmaline  |  $2,500+

Tanzanite  |  $1,000+

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


We are affiliated with Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge! 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.

Junior Innovators Challenge logo

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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