Rules/Guidelines

The MN Science Academy's State Fair gives winners from Regional MN Science Fairs an opportunity to compete against each other and a chance to advance to International Science & Engineer Fair or International Sustainable Engineering/Energy/Environment project Olympiad. All Students who present either a scientific research paper, a scientific research project, or both a Paper and Project must have first won a competition at their Regional Fairs or with their paper, must have won a spot to North Central Regional JSHS through the Open Competition. Students may register as individuals or as Team Members. Every team member must register and pay separately since all team members have the possibility of winning awards.

All students must be accompanied by an Adult Chaperone / Advisor / Parent.

All students and adults must register to attend the competitions.

Students who are not presenting are welcome to buy a registration package for the event, as are Parents, Family, Teachers, and any other interested people. They can register online. 

State Science Fair Attendee Code of Conduct
These guidelines apply to all fair attendees, at all locations and events during the fair.
  1. The use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and/or other drugs is prohibited.

  2. Presenters and Observers are expected to be in their own rooms no later than the indicated times. Chaperones may require students to report to their rooms earlier than the designated MAS curfew in the Program.

  3. Appropriate attire is expected. The Judging Competitions and Awards Ceremonies are "Business Professional" affairs. Men should wear dress pants, nice shirts and tie. Sweaters would also be acceptable. Ladies should wear dresses, skirts, or pantsuits.

  4. Be respectful and considerate of others at all times. Remember, you have been selected to represent your school and your region. Make all those at home proud of your behavior. Be friendly and courteous at all times. Make a special effort to make new friends. Be especially polite when listening to speakers, as it is often very difficult to hear when the entire group assembles. The same applies during award ceremonies.

  5. Respect of hotels, rooms, buses and MAS property is required and appreciated.

  6. All decisions made by judges are final.

  7. Attendance is expected at all activities during the State Science & Engineering fair for all registered attendees.

Consequences: Anyone found violating the conduct code may be disqualified from the competition and sent home immediately - at his or her own expense.

Project Guidelines for Middle School and High School Students

Current Categories for Projects

You will be required to assign your project to one of the following categories:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Energy & Transportation
  • Engineering: Materials & BioEng.
  • Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science & Analysis
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences

Category & Sub Category Explanations

Paper Guidelines for Middle School Students:

Middle School Paper guidelines and presentations are based on the High School guidelines, at the National JSHS website:

Please read the National JSHS Paper Guidelines