2020 Ecology Science Fair
Saturday, February 8
The Ecology Science Fair centers on student-driven investigations in ecology, encouraging students to engage in all steps of the research process, including the important final step of data presentation.
For the past 22 years, the Ecology Science Fair has provided a forum for elementary, middle school and high school students to present their original research. Students conduct research in their classrooms, homes and schoolyards, and then share their findings with other students, teachers and scientists in this annual celebration of student achievement.
2017 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Lisa Curtis, Extension citizen science program coordinator
CurtisL@umn.edu or 612-624-8748
Teachers can register themselves and up to six students free of charge. A $20 fee will be charged for each additional student. Lunch is included for all registered teachers and students, and teachers will receive a parking voucher. Payment may be made by cash or checks made out to the University of Minnesota.
Parents and other guests are welcome and may attend for free, but should pre-register through their student’s teacher. Lunch may be purchased for an additional fee of $10, and parking is included for all registered guests.
Pre-registration is required for all attendees.
Students in elementary, middle school and high school, working individually, in small groups or as whole classes may submit projects, including home-schooled students. Learn more about the participation requirements on the Ecology Science Fair web page.
Teachers who intend to have students in the fair must register their intent by October 18. Once teachers have registered, they will be able to use the online registration system to submit their student participants’ names, project titles, abstracts, breakout session requests and any guests by the subsequent due dates listed below.
|October 18, 2019||Teachers register to participate in the Ecology Science Fair|
|November 22, 2019||Teachers submit student participants’ names|
|January 10, 2020||Teachers submit project titles and abstracts|
|January 17, 2020||Teachers enter student breakout session requests|
|January 22, 2020||Teachers submit names of guests attending Ecology Science Fair|
|February 8, 2020||Ecology Science Fair|
Students present their project by discussing their poster and answering interview questions from a scientist. They also attend two breakout sessions that include fun ecology-related STEM activities. All participants receive a lunch, t-shirt and awards for presenting projects.
|10:10||Greeting and Introduction in the North Star Ballroom|
|10:35||Interview Session 1; Breakout Session 1|
|11:25||Interview Session 2; Breakout Session 2; Lunch 1|
|12:15||Interview Session 3; Breakout Session 3; Lunch 2|
|1:05||Interview Session 4; Breakout Session 4|
|1:55||Students with even project numbers stand by projects|
|2:10||Students with odd project numbers stand by projects|
|2:25||Closing Ceremony in the North Star Ballroom|
|4:00||Student posters must be removed by this time|
*Teacher packets with all of their students’ schedules will be at the registration desk.
Parking is available on the St. Paul campus in any visitor/public parking lot, ramp or metered parking space (view campus parking map). Do not park in lots marked as contract parking —your vehicle may be ticketed or towed. Registered teachers and guests will receive a free parking voucher to exit the public/visitor parking lot/ramp. Vouchers can be picked up during check-in at the registration table on the day of the fair.