2019 Event Details

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2019 State Science Fair Location:
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.

2019 State Science Fair Dates:
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

Schedule


*note: HS = high school, MS = middle school


Saturday, March 30th, 2019

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

7:00 am

HS Check-In

Pre-Function Space

7:00 - 10:00 am

HS Display & Safety Set-Up

Carriage Hall A

11:00 am - 3:30 pm

HS Presentation to Judges

Carriage Hall A

3:30 - 4:30 pm

HS Public Viewing

4:30 - 5:30 pm

HS Project Take-Down

6:00 pm

MS Check-In

Pre-Function Space

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MS Display & Safety Set-Up

Carriage Hall A

 

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Hang-Out Room Open

Embassy Suites Ballroom

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop A

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshop B

*Participants are responsible for their own meals (breakfast is included in hotel room rate)*



Sunday, March 31st, 2019

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

MS Presentation to Judges

Carriage Hall A

1:30 - 2:30 pm

MS Public Viewing

2:30 - 3:30 pm

MS Project Take-Down

6:30 - 7:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

Carriage Hall A

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Awards Ceremony

Carriage Hall A

 

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Hang-Out Room Open

Embassy Suites Ballroom

10:00 - 11:00 am

Workshop A

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop B

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Workshop C

*Participants are responsible for their own meals (breakfast is included in hotel room rate)*

 

*NOTE - This schedule is subject to change slightly, please refer to the schedule on the program booklet when at event.


Accommodations

To Reserve Rooms at Embassy Suites:

 

Online Group Page

Click on the link below which will bring you to your groups personalized reservation page.

https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/M/MSPBRES-MAS-20190328/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

 

Online Website

www.minneapolisbrooklyncenter.embassysuites.com. Enter in the dates of stay, and then select ‘add special rate code’.  In the ‘Group Code’ box, enter the following: MAS

 

OR

 

Phone

Call 763.560.2700 or 1-800-Embassy, and let them know you need to make a reservation in MN Academy of Sci block.  Let them know the Group Code: MAS

 

 

To Reserve Rooms at RISE by Elevation:

 

To Book Online Use Link Below

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=4175&Chain=23885&template=initialConfig&locale=en-US&arrive=3/27/2019&depart=3/28/2019&adult=1&child=0&promo=SCIENCEing

 

OR

 

To make reservations by phone

call the Hotel Directly at 763-566-8000 and refer to the group block:  Science Fair, Mar 29-Mar 31, 2019

 

Group reservations  

email group request to Reservation  Tori.Nalls@RiseByElevation.com

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.


Food & Dining Details

- Breakfast is inluded in your room rate at both hotels

 - If you would like to arrange food for a large party ahead of time you can view details and contacts below:

  • Rise by Elevation (formerly DoubleTree)  - There will be a pre-arranged dinner Saturday, March 30.  If a chaperone want to schedule to be a part of this dinner option Saturday, March 30 at 4:30 pm-6:30 pm they need to contact Elizabeth Kappler (Elizabeth.kappler@risebyelevation.com) by midnight March 8, 2019. You can contact Elizabeth with any questions or details about this and any other food arrangements. 
  • Embassy Suites  If you would like to schedule any meals ahead of time you can contact Nancy Hanson ( 763.367.3794 or email nancy.hanson3@hilton.com) Orders will need to be put in By March 20th, 2019.  You can contact Nancy with any questions or details about this and any other food arrangements. 


 - If no pre ordered food is being arranged the hotel restaurant times are as follows:

  • Embassy Suites -  Monday thru Friday 6:00 am to 9:00 am Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Rise by Elevation - 6:30 am to 11:pm  Sunday thru Saturday (you can also order several hours ahead of time online).

 

Dining Options


 - Breakfast is incuded in your hotel room rate

 - 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

 - If you would like to arrange food for a large party ahead of time you can view details and contacts below:

  • Rise by Elevation (formerly DoubleTree)  - There will be a pre-arranged dinner Saturday, March 30.  If a chaperone want to schedule to be a part of this dinner option Saturday, March 30 at 4:30 pm-6:30 pm they need to contact Elizabeth Kappler (Elizabeth.kappler@risebyelevation.com) by midnight March 8, 2019. You can contact Elizabeth with any questions or details about this and any other food arrangements. 
  • Embassy Suites  If you would like to schedule any meals ahead of time you can contact Nancy Hanson ( 763.367.3794 or email nancy.hanson3@hilton.com) Orders will need to be put in By March 20th, 2019.  You can contact Nancy with any questions or details about this and any other food arrangements. 


 - If no pre ordered food is being arranged the hotel restaurant times are as follows:

  • Embassy Suites -  Monday thru Friday 6:00 am to 9:00 am Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Rise by Elevation - 6:30 am to 11:pm  Sunday thru Saturday (you can also order several hours ahead of time online).

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.

2019 International Science & Engineering Fair Dates

 

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