Pitches for the 2019 MSF programming are closed; Tech Night pitches are open until January 2019. MSF programming includes forums & talks; hands-on activities; workshops; Tech Night; and Friday Field Trip Day (interactive presentations/workshops and hands-on activities) programming.


Our programming team is going through the submittals and the 2019 Maine Science Festival programming will be set up based on their recommendations.


Questions? Check out our FAQs, or email participate@mainesciencefestival.org.


Tech Night

Focused on exploring cutting-edge software and web-based tools. Workshops, hands-on activities and forums are available; the audience is middle-school aged kids.

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Forums & Talks

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 (Exploration Station)

Set up an activity where festival goers can walk up and dive into the science you’re presenting. The set up is similar to a vendor space at a conference. Activities should be designed to engage all ages (4-94).



A set period of time where you present a topic and work through it (for example, nature illustration, minecraft for grown-ups, cheese making). The festival goer often (but not always) ends the workshop with something they can take home.


Friday Field Trip Day * – workshop or interactive presentation

Programming specifically for the middle school field trip day (7th and 8th graders).


Friday Field Trip Day * – hands-on (Cool Science)

Hands-on programming specifically for the middle school field trip day (7th and 8th graders).


* Friday Field Trip is made possible thanks to our Metamorphic Sponsor: The University of Maine: College of Engineering; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; College of Natural Sciences Forestry & Agriculture; Cooperative Extension; Division of Academic Affairs; Office of the President