Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
In 2014, MMSA joined The Jackson Laboratory in sponsoring and organizing Maine State Science Fair. Through MMSA’s Reach Center, this initiative aims to increase participation throughout the state, particularly in rural areas, by providing resources and support to teacher and student participants.
Connections to Guiding Principles
Students can use Maine State Science Fair to demonstrate proficiency in Guiding Principles. MMSA has aligned the MSSF scoring criteria to the Guiding Principles, showing that evidence of proficiency can be found in four out of five of the standards. This document is meant as a starting point to help teachers weave MSSF into their work with students.
Maine State Science Fair is back for its 72nd year! It’s an event with a long history, but it is far from old or stale. MSSF is more than just the traditional sciences. In fact, we welcome projects in the fields of computer science, engineering, mathematics, behavioral & social sciences, and even data science. Once again, MMSA’s Reach Center is teaming up with The Jackson Laboratory to host this exciting STEM event.
The 2018 Maine State Science Fair will take place on 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. They’re helping us on a new effort called 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.
We’re excited to embark on a second year of offering college scholarships to students who do exemplary work. We’ve received commitment from two schools already and are working with a few others – stay tuned for details.
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. Those of you new to MSSF, or if you don’t have a Scienteer account, you can preregister your school on the MSSF website. Please note that the deadline for students to submit their projects for approval is January 26, 2018.
I’m a science teacher at Lincoln Academy. I just wanted to say how impressed I’ve been with Stefany Burrell’s work at MMSA. I was a Teacher Fellow with the JAX science fair program this past summer. The way she and Michael McKernan ran the program was really well thought out and super helpful. And, all through this year Stefany has offered reminders, support, and resources to help me and my students get ready for the Maine state science fair. Any time I had a question she responded quickly and was more than happy to help.Thanks for the great work your organization is doing!~Matt Buchwalder
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