State Science & Engineering Fair
What is the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair and the North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium? The State Science & Engineering Fair is an annual competition that showcases Minnesota's best and brightest students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. It is the culmination of MN Regional Science & Engineering Fairs occurring throughout the state. Participants in the State Science & Engineering Fair are Middle School or High School Students. Middle School Students may participate with a project, a research paper or both. High School Students may participate with a project. High School Students wishing to participate in a research paper competition participate in the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.
From approximately 2,500 regional participants, five-hundred 6th - 12th graders are selected to present at the State Science & Engineering Fair. At the fair, over 75 organizations and businesses present over 300 awards to students with outstanding projects.
More than a competition, the State Science & Engineering Fair champions young scientists' work throughout the year with teacher and mentor support and the opportunity to present and dialogue about their work. Students conduct their own original research and present it before a number of judges. They learn individually and from others by discussing the nature of the scientific inquiry, defending their reasoning, and articulating their specific findings orally and graphically with a display board. Students are evaluated on four criteria: the process of science; effectiveness of communication; context of the project and their scope of understanding.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND COMPETITIONS
- Feb 13-17, 2013 AJAS (American Junior Science Academy of Science) in conjunction with the American Association of Applied Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting - Boston, MA (award was won during the previous year competition).
- April 6-9, 2013 North Central Regional JSHS (Junior Science & Humanities Symposium) and State Science & Engineering Fair - Doubletree by Hilton, Bloomington, MN.
- May 1-5, 2013 National JSHS (Junior Science & Humanities Symposium) - tentative location is Dayton, Ohio. Air Force hosting in 2013. Dayton is home to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and HQS Air Force Research Laboratory
- May 8-13, 2013 I-SWEEEP (International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy and Environment Project) Olympiad – Houston, TX
- May 12-17, 2013 ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair) - Phoenix, AZ
To be eligible to participate in the MAS State Science & Engineering Fair, a student must first participate in a regional science Fair (that's affiliated with the MAS) and then be selected at that Regional Science Fair.
Home schooled students welcome. Refer to the regional science fair closest to your home.
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