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Biomedical Bootcamp

Biomedical Bootcamp is for high school students entering their junior or senior year of high school, or those who graduated in 2017. The goal is to provide students with the skills they need to feel confident in making decisions about advanced courses and college majors in the biomedical sciences. Students will have the opportunity to learn the latest cutting-edge biomedical research skills from scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory.


Main: Biomedical Bootcamp: Techniques for 21st Century Careers

Destination Imagination

When and Where:

March 3, 2018: Southern Regional, Gray New Gloucester High School.
March 10, 2018: Northern Regional, Hampden Academy.
March 24, 2018: Celebration, University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts.
May 23, 2018: Global Finals, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Registration Deadline:

Teams of youth are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions to challenges. They learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. These challenges are performed over the course of many months, with tournament Instant Challenges that take place in five to eight minutes.


Digital Humanities Week 2017

When and Where:

2-6 October 2017:University of Maine, Orono

Inaugurated in 2011, the biennial Digital Humanities Week (#dhweek) at the University of Maine explores the impact of digital research and publication tools on artistic creation and humanities scholarship.

The theme of the 2017 Digital Humanities Week will be STEM to STE(A)M--a movement proposing that the arts and humanities play a stronger role in setting the agenda for and assessing the outcome of scientific and technological research. The 2017 conference will also cover other germane topics, from audiovisual archiving to women and code to copyright and net neutrality.


Engineering Expo

When and Where:

February 23, 2018: Wells Conference Center, University of Maine in Orono
February 24,2018: New Balance Field House, University of Maine in Orono

Over 1,700 children and adults are expected to experience first-hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life. Maine's top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house.

The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future. No prior sign-up / registration is required to come enjoy the EXPO. The Banquet happens the night before the EXPO and features a key note speaker and a full dinner.



When and Where:

April 26, 2017: Southwest Regional, Camp Hinds, Raymond.
May 12, 2017: Downeast, The Edge, Cherryfield.
May 17, 2017: Northern, Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle.
May 18, 2017: Midcoast: , Kents Hill School, Readfield.
May 25, 2017: State, Aghaloma Farm, Knox.

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017

Teams of students are tested in outdoor stations on topics such as soil, aquatics, forestry and wildlife. There is also a current issue problem, sent in advance, for which the teams make posters and give oral presentations.



When and Where:

November 11, 2017 Regional Qualifier: Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone, Maine
November 18, 2017 Regional Qualifier: Searsport District High School, Searsport, Maine
December 9, 2017 State championship: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Registration Deadline: Late September - Early October

On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?


FIRST Robotics

When and Where:

March 22 - March 24, 2018: Androscoggin Bank Colisée, Lewiston

High school teams compete in spring’s FIRST Robotics Competition. Volunteers welcome!


Volunteer at:

JKCF College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

Eligible candidates must be high school seniors planning on entering a four year college by the next Fall after their graduation. The application opens in late September and closes in late November.

Website: JKCF College Scholarship Program

JKCF Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 55 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Applicant must be current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by the end of the current year, or a recent graduate since spring of four years prior. Application opens in late August and the deadline is in late October.

Website: JKCF Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

JKCF Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation provides students with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

Current 7th graders in the U.S. who have strong academic records are encouraged to apply. The application opens in early February and closes in April.

Website: JKCF Young Scholars Program

Junior Solar Sprint

When and Where:

Mentor workshops:

February 6, 2017, 3 PM - 6 PM: Lincoln Middle School, Portland,
February 17, 11:30 AM - 3 PM: Bryant Pond 4-H Center, Bryant Pond.

State Finals:

June 3, 2017, 9 AM - 2:30 PM: Paris Elementary, South Paris

Youth design and build model solar cars to run with 3-Volt solar panels. Winners for several categories: speed, technical merit, craftsmanship, recycling, creativity and kids' choice. The listed mentor workshops are free. Contact Peter Zack for more information (see


KidWind Challenge

When and Where:

March 30, 2018: Ocean Gateway, Portland

Youth design model wind turbines from common materials. Teams are judged on creativity, performance of their wind turbines and knowledge of the subject matter.


EventBrite link for 2017:

Maine Science Festival

When and Where:

March 15 - 18, 2018: Bangor, Maine

The Maine Science Festival, launched in 2015, is a weekend celebration of science, held annually with more than 50 events and activities across Downtown Bangor, the Cross Insurance Center, and Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center. We hold events for all ages, dissecting, exploring and celebrating the remarkable science, engineering, mathematics and technology happening in Maine every day.

Almost every MSF event is available free-of-charge all weekend – thanks to our sponsors and partners. The only current exception is our headliner/keynote address.** We have made the decision to keep the MSF available to all, to ensure that all Mainers have the opportunity to attend and learn about science in a unique and innovative way.

**We are working to keep virtually every MSF event free, and will only charge for those events that come with significant costs.


Maine State Math Meet

When and Where:

October 4, 2017; November 1, 2017; December 8, 2017; January 31, 2018; March 7, 2018: Meets 1-5, Varied locations.
April 3, 2018: State meet: at Augusta Civic Center.

Statewide competition promoted by the Maine Association of Math Leagues, with primarily precalculus topics in individual and team rounds. There are five meets a year in multiple locations throughout the state, within six member leagues. Top ten competitors from each school compete in the culminating event, the Maine State Math Meet.


Registration and scoring portal:
Official MAML site:

Maine State Science Fair

When and Where:

March 25, 2017: Colby College, Waterville

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016 at earliest; Project forms by February 3, 2017; Abstracts by March 3, 2017

High school students present original research to a state-wide audience of their peers and judges including scientists, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, and other STEM professionals.


Mainely SPIRIT

When and Where:

September 17, 2016: Messalonskee High School, Oakland

Registration Deadline: Day of event

High school FIRST Robotics Competition Teams compete in this off-season scrimmage. Competing teams must be FIRST teams, and robots must be built to FIRST specifications. See the FIRST Robotics entry elsewhere in this listing.


Maine Wind Blade Challenge

When and Where:

May 18, 2018: University of Maine Advanced Structures & Composites Center

Registration Deadline: Until slots are filled

Maine high school teams compete each year to create an energy-producing set of wind blades in the annual Wind Blade Challenge. Produced through hands-on science and engineering course work, students design, infuse, manufacture and test blades, going up against other students from around the state during the one-day challenge. Educators and manufacturers collaborate on this successful and growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenge, hosted by UMaine each year, raising career aspirations for students and developing a workforce for Maine’s growing composites industry.



When and Where:

December 2016 - January 2017: School: varies
February 2017: Chapter
March 2017: State
May 13-16, 2017: National, Orlando Florida.

Registration Deadline: November 18, 2016 (early bird), December 16, 2016 (regular)

Middle-school students compete individually and in teams over four rounds at each level: school, chapter, state and national. The top 10 individuals then compete head-to-head in front of a live audience.


Meridian Stories

When and Where:

March 31 / April 28, 2017: depending on prompt; Online submission

Middle and high school teams respond to creative science and math prompts. Produce videos, upload, get judged, win badges and placement. Environmental Visionaries Challenge: two minute video responding to prompts.


MSF Film Contest

When and Where:

Submissions Start September 2017: Online Submission/Email Submission

Submission Deadline:TBA

MSF Film Contest: this is student film contest for Maine middle and high school students (different categories). Make a mock movie trailer about science. Always wanted to make a marine biology musical? A romantic comedy about Edison? A horror movie about viruses? This is your chance to make the trailer of that movie that doesn’t exist (yet). The top films will be featured as an event at the 2018 Maine Science Festival.

Cash awards for the top three in each category (middle school, high school) and the school/organization they are from/worked with.


MSSM Summer Camp

When and Where:

July 1 - August 4, 2018: Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone, Maine

Every summer the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) welcomes nearly 600 students ages 10-14 who participate in our MSSM Summer Camp. The summer offerings challenge the mind and develop interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



Ocean Sciences Bowl

When and Where:

February 4, 2017: Nor'Easter Bowl, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
April 20-23, 2017: National, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Registration Deadline: Already past, for 2017

High school students answer rapid-fire questions about ocean sciences in a double-elimination tournament.



Odyssey of the Mind

When and Where:

March 17, 2018: Discovery (South): Biddeford Middle School
March 17, 2018: Challenge (North): Brunswick High School
March 24, 2018: Primary Tournament, Auburn Middle School.
April 7, 2018: State Tournament, Biddeford High School.
May 23-26, 2018: Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, Iowa State University

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2017 Primary / Early Bird, January 31, 2017 Regional

Each team of 5-7 works on a long-term project in varied categories (including structures, vehicle/mechanical & technical, and the arts). At the tournament, they also solve "spontaneous" problems.


Robotics Track Meets

When and Where:

May 6, 2017: Messalonskee Schools, Oakland.
May 13, 2017: South Portland High School, South Portland
May 20, 2017: Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, Ellsworth

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2017

Students compete with (and without) robots in 10 engineering challenges.


Science Bowl

When and Where:

February 11, 2017: NE Regional Middle School, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
March 4, 2017: Maine Regional High School, University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
April 27 - May 1, 2017: National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Washington, D.C

Registration Deadline: Varies by regional competition, see registration site.

Jeopardy style competition for high school students with questions from all of the STEM fields.


Northeast Regional MS Info:
Maine Regional HS Info:

Science Olympiad

When and Where:

April 1, 2017: University of Southern Maine, Gorham

A day filled with all types of science, technology and engineering challenges.


Scratch Day

When and Where:

May 13, 2017: Various / Any Location.

Scratch Day is a global network of events that celebrates Scratch — and the young people who code and create with it. During Scratch Day, kids and adults gather to share projects and learn from one another.



When and Where:

March 2-3 2017: Eastern Maine Community College and Technology Center, Bangor

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2017

The SkillsUSA Maine is the state-level competition for high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service instructional programs including allied health occupations.


Southern Maine Math League

When and Where:

December 19, 2016, February 2, March 23, 2017: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland;
May 2, 2017: Portland Expo.

Registration Deadline: October 31, or last weekday in October

Over three preliminary rounds and one final meet, youth in grades 5-8 work on math problems individually. Team members' scores contribute to their team’s total score for a meet.

Grades 5 and 6 are in the Southern Maine Elementary Math League (SMEML), while 7 and 8 are in the Southern Maine Math League proper (SMML). Please see the relevant page for your league!




When and Where:

July 10, 2017 - July 15, 2018: Gorham Campus, University of Southern Maine

In collaboration with SIEMENS Industry, USM is hosting a Energy Engineering Institute for students in grades 7 - 12, to be held on USM’s beautiful Gorham campus. Guided by a curriculum grounded in STEM & Sustainability, the institute is designed to encourage youth consideration of STEM fields and foster their STEM education.


Camp Information:

VEX Robotics

When and Where:

January 20, 2018: John Bapst, Bangor
January 27, 2018: Tripp Middle School, Turner
February 3, 2018: Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft
February 10, 2018: Yarmouth
March 3, 2018: Maine State VRC Championship, Biddeford
Registration Deadline: Varies by location

Teams build VEX robots to compete for a spot in the Maine State VEX Championship. Volunteers are welcome for judge, referee, emcee and other positions!


Washington County Robotics Expo

When and Where:

March 25, 2017: University of Maine Machias, Gymnasium

Registration Deadline: March 10, 2017

"Science fair" style expo where 4-H robotics teams from eastern Maine talk with judges and public plus STEM-related workshops and a robotics challenge at the end of the day.