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2016 Headliner Announced

Maine Science Festival announces Headliner and Expanded format for 2nd Annual Maine Science Festival

The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is thrilled to announce the 2016 headliner for the 2nd Annual Maine Science Festival: Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.

FiveThirtyEight, which launched as an ESPN entity in 2014, is a data journalism organization delivering compelling stories across the verticals of politics, economy, science, life and sports. The site, founded by award-winning author and statistician Nate Silver, first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when it correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. Since its debut at ESPN, FiveThirtyEight has built a team with a broad set of skills and experiences in order to apply statistical analysis, data visualization, and data-literate reporting to topics in the news and in everyday life.

“We are beyond excited to have Nate Silver as our 2016 MSF headliner. Continuing the tradition started last year, where we were honored to have Pixar Animation Studio’s Academy Award winning Tony DeRose as our first headliner, having Nate as part of the 2016 MSF will continue to highlight to all of us that science is everywhere.”

The second annual Maine Science Festival will take place March 18, 19 and 20, 2016, in Bangor, and is expanding to a full day on Friday March 18, 2016. “We were contacted by teachers from throughout the state asking what we had on offer for field trips before we even kicked off last year. It was obvious to all of us at the MSF that we would have to expand our weekend science celebrations to a full-day, to give students and teachers the opportunity to be part of the MSF.”

The MSF will have a full-day of events, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, and facilitated discussions on Friday, at the Cross Insurance Center. The morning and afternoon events will be programmed with school field trips in mind, due to the immense popularity of the first MSF. Starting on Friday afternoon and evening, there will be MSF events throughout Downtown Bangor, and in both locations throughout the weekend. As with the inaugural event, all MSF events other than the headliner, will be available free or charge to the public. Tickets for Nate Silver, who will be presenting on Saturday, March 19, 2016, will go on sale later this fall.


As the first-of-its kind in the State, the Maine Science Festival is a 3-day celebration of science and technology in everyday places – parks, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums that aims to prove that science truly is everywhere. Organizers and partners of MSF want to encourage attendees to question the world around them and to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also facilitate grass roots scientific thinking at the citizen level. Hundreds of partners and community volunteers are working together to produce the Festival.

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