Saturday, February 23, 2019

The David Frank Grether Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair Program will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the campus of St. Cloud State University. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter an exhibit. 

Projects are to be set up between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. in assigned locations in the Ballroom of the Atwood Memorial Center. After a student sets up their project, they must remain at their project until it is inspected and approved for display and safety requirements (this will be signified by a sticker in the upper-right-hand corner of the project board). The projects will be grouped and judged by category and grade level. Judging will take place during two time periods. One-half of the projects will be judged between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m., the second group will be judged between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A movie will be available for the participants in the Atwood Little Theater while they are not being judged.

No formal lunch or luncheon program is scheduled. Participants may bring bag lunches, eat on campus, order pizzas, etc., from local establishments, or eat at numerous fast-food franchises within 1-3 miles of campus. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:45 p.m. in the Ritchie Auditorium in Stewart Hall. Projects must be removed from the Atwood Ballroom by 1:30 p.m.

The registration fee for an exhibit is $15.00 PER STUDENT. All fees are per individual, which means that each student in a cooperative project or paper must pay the appropriate fee.

Online registration must be completed by February 15th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Please note that because of the large number of registrants, late registrations may not be accepted.

It is important to note that for ALL PROJECTS it is necessary to complete the ISEF checklist for Adult Sponsor/Safety Assessment Form, and forms 1A Research Plan and 1B Approval Form as well as any other necessary forms depending on the nature of the project. This is an absolute requirement for any project that will be considered for going on to the state science fair. Any project without the appropriate completed forms will not be allowed to advance on to the state science fair. All of the forms can be found here.  Students MUST bring all completed paperwork with them to the fair.

Please note that in addition to the basic forms required for all projects, an Abstract is also required. A handout on Abstract writing, as well as a copy of the ISEF abstract form, is available on the CMR website. In addition to the required forms, it is strongly recommended to review the ISEF student handbook for each student.  Abstracts must be limited to 250 words.

Purple ribbon winners in grades 6-12 will be eligible to attend the State Science Fair, which runs March 30-31, 2019. In addition to the numerous awards given by the region, special awards will be made numerous organizations. Our top two winners or our top winner and an observer, in grades 9-12, will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to represent Central Minnesota at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona on May 12-17, 2019.

Should you have any questions about the necessary forms please contact:

Mr. Mark McKenna (centralmnregionalsciencefair.org)

All forms and information are available on the Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair website at:  www.centralmnsciencefair.org.