2019 Event Details

Below participants will find important event information, announcements, details, and deadlines. 

2019 State Science & Engineering Fair 

Earle Brown Heritage Center - 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Information about this venue can be found HERE. You can find a diagram of Earle Brown event space HERE.

March 30th, 2019 - high school project set-up and judging (7am-2:30) & middle school project set-up (6pm - 9:30pm)
March 31st, 2019 - middle school project judging & all awards ceremon

Note: JSHS will be held on a seperate date at a seperate location (March 23rd at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul ).

Regional Deadlines for State Registration


-  NE Region, Duluth State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 2/22/19  JSHS: 2/20/19
-  Western Region,  Crookston State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 2/22/19  JSHS: 2/20/19
-  Rochester Region,  Rochester State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 3/1/19  JSHS: 2/26/19
-  Northern Region,  Bemidji State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 3/4/19  JSHS: 3/1/19
SE Region,  Winona State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 3/4/19  JSHS: 3/1/19
- Central Region,  St Cloud State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 3/8/19  JSHS: 3/5/19
-  Southern Region,  Mankato State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 3/1/19  JSHS: 2/26/19
- Twin Cities Region, Twin Cities State Registration & Scholarship Deadline - MSSEF: 3/12/19  JSHS: 3/8/19

2019 International Science & Engineering Fair Dates

International Science & Engineering Fair - May 12-17, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona

Note to Parents

Parents – we want you to volunteer! We have many areas that require extra hands for the competitions to run smoothly. Although we don’t allow parents to volunteer in areas with potential conflicts of interest, we need your help in other areas that don’t have an impact on judging outcomes. 

We know parents can’t always be there for the full weekend, we broke down the registration fee into individual events so you can attend just the parts that you are able and want to attend. For details on the this, please view the Registration Fees page.

What to Bring

All of your completed Scientific Review Committee (SRC) forms

Your project board.

Dress clothes 

Casual clothes and comfy shoes for activities

Swim suit for the pool

Toothbrush and pajamas!

Camera or smartphone to take pictures and post them to social media

Money for meals and snacks for judging day


A tentative schedule will be posted here on the MAS website. At the event you should refer to the schedule printed in your program booklet


Hotel accomodations are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North Rise Hotel by Elevation

Embassy Suites is connected to the Earle Brown Heritage Center If you book a room at Rise Hotel by Elevation please note that you will be across the highway from the Earle Brown Heritage Center. We will provide limited shuttle service the morning of judging. These shuttle schedules will be posted in the program booklet. Please have a plan for transportation to and from the Rise Hotel for events outside of judging.

We will be blocking rooms at both the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North & the Rise Hotel by Elevation. Both hotel room rates include breakfast. The instructions for booking are listed below:

Embassy Suites

RESERVATION LINKS FOR 2019 WILL  BE POSTED  January 28th and booking for our block will be open February 1st

Two ways to reserve rooms for Embassy Suites

 - Online Group Page



 - Phone


Rise by Elevation

Two ways to reserve rooms for Rise



- Online Website


Dining Options


Dining options located near Earle Brown Heritage Center & Embassy Suites can be found here: Restaurants Near Earle Brown.pdf


Dining options located near Rise Hotel can be found here: Restaurants Near Rise.pdf


There is also a Target store in walking distance from Earle Brown Heritage Center


Registration Information for Students

You can find your region's state registration deadline above. If you are not registered by your region’s state registration deadline you may not be allowed to register late. Please make sure that if your region or school is paying for your registration that you ensure that this fee has been paid BEFORE check-in. If your fee has not paid by March 20th you will be flagged to deal with this at check-in and will need to pay to participate.

How does the judging process work?

PAPERS – Students and judges are assigned to rooms based on the category of their presentation. Students give a 12-minute powerpoint presentation which is followed by 6 minutes of questions from the judges. Judges fill out comment and scoresheets for each student (or team, if students do a team project).

PROJECTS – Students set up their project display boards in the exhibit hall the day before project judging. On judging day, judges will come by to talk with students for 15 minutes about their project. Think of it as more of a conversation – not a presentation. Students will be talking one-on-one with experts in the fields they have done research projects in. Judges fill out comment and scoresheets for each project and the comment sheets are given to the students on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Who are the judges?

All of the judges are volunteers from the local scientific community. Many of the judges work at local science and engineering companies (e.g. Seagate, 3M, Medtronic, etc…) or do research at local colleges and universities. Some of them are PhD candidates and others are retired, so students will see a wide range of judges.

6+ years of experience in their field of research or M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., Ph.D., or Ed.D. This includes graduate students in the final year of their PhD program.

Bachelors, Masters or 2+ years of experience in their field to judge middle school projects or papers.

What sorts of questions do the judges ask?

Each judge will approach a project with a certain background and knowledge about the topic that the student studied, so questions will be based on what the judge is interested in about your project. The questions listed below are examples of what students might be asked.

Where did you get the idea for your research?

Do your results indicate further study is needed?

How is your project different from past studies?

What are possible sources of error or bias in your study?

What are the limitations of your project?

How did you control the variables?

What instruments did you use to take your measurements?

What did you base your conclusions on?

How much time did you spend on your study?

Who helped with your project?

What would you do differently if you did your project again?

What happens if I am nominated to be an ISEF Finalist?

You will need to reference the program for the day of the awards ceremony and locate where the "Team MN ISEF meeting" will be and head there right after the awards ceremony is over.