What is the Intent to Present (ITP)?

The ITP is your chance to pitch an idea for programming at the 2019 Maine Science Festival. ITP  is an online process that allows the Maine Science Festival community to have a significant voice in programming annual activities. There are forms for workshops, forums, hands-on activities, Teen Tech Night, and the Friday Field Trip Day – hands-on activities and forums/workshops. If you have a programming idea that doesn’t fit into one of those areas, please send an email to participate@mainesciencefestival.org.


Can Anyone Submit an ITP?

We are looking ideas from past, present and potential presenters who would like to offer programming at the 2019 Maine Science Festival. Presenters should be able to participate and have expertise or knowledge to be part of the event. For example, if you are proposing a workshop about the science of ice cream, you need to be able to explain exactly what that is – or have a scientist as part of your workshop team who can explain it. Proposals that are accepted as programming for the festival will have support in arranging additional participants, moderators, etc. as needed.


When are proposals due?

We’ll be taking submissions until November 7, 2018.


Why is the MSF asking for presenters?

We’ve had four years of impressive MSF events, and we are only scratching the surface of the science, engineering, technology and innovation that is happening all over Maine. Now it’s time to make sure we don’t miss out: with this Intent to Present, we are asking our partners and others let us know what they would like to present to festival goers.


What exactly are the types of events you’re looking for?

Glad you asked! A forum is “a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged” and MSF forums are based around audience interaction with experts. Our forums generally include a panel of experts on a topic who will give an introduction to their work, followed by Q&A with the audience and other panelists. The science should be presented in a way that anyone who has taken high school science can understand it. Talks are essentially the same as forums, but presented by one person who then engages in moderated Q&A with the audience.

Hands-on activity is an activity where festival goers walk up to you and dive into the science you’re presenting. The set up is similar to a vendor space at a conference. This is for all ages. There are opportunties to be part of either the Friday Field Trip Day (7th and 8th grade students only) or Exploration Station (all ages).

Workshops are a set period of time where you present a topic and work through it (for example, nature illustration, minecraft workshop, cheese making). The festival goer often (but not always) ends the workshop with something they can take home. The audience is determined by you and difficulty of the science and/or the workshop approach.

Friday Field Trip Day workshops or interactive presentations are an in-depth look at science at an particular area, for example: computer coding; an exploration of different science careers (“A Day in the Life…”) with Q&A; an exploration of fitness and nutrition with examples. Sessions should be no longer than 40 minutes, and be targeted explicitly to 7th and 8th grade students.

Tech Night is focused on exploring cutting-edge software and web-based tools. Workshops, hands-on activities and forums are available, with the audience being middle-school aged kids.


Are there any changes from past years?

We’ve learned that forums, presentations, and workshops that are longer than 1 hour (60 minutes) are less than ideal. As a result, unless the pitch is incredibly compelling, we are unlikely to pick a forum, presentation, or workshop that runs longer than 1 hour.


How do you choose which submitted programming is chosen?

Our programming team will go through the proposals, and the 2019 MSF program will be set up based on their recommendations. The programming team will make their judgments based on a number of different factors, including: type of science/math, type of event, audience, innovative approaches happening in Maine, revealing hidden secrets, diversity of programming from past years (we require different activities and events every year), balance of programming for all ages and events, and logistically what we can make work.


Any other information we need to know?

Since we don’t charge for any event/activity at the MSF except the headliner we are unable to provide any honorarium for speakers or presenters. We can cover travel costs (within reason) if needed. And, all Sunday events take place in downtown Bangor.