southeast minnesota & Western wisconsin
Regional Science and Engineering Fair
an affiliation of the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair
For most of the past three decades Winona has hosted the Southeast Minnesota Western Wisconsin Regional Science Fair. The Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is an annual competition that showcases Minnesota’s best and brightest students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Since 1938, MSSEF has been the pinnacle of project-based STEM education in Minnesota. Our regional fair is associated with the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair (BSSEF). Yes, our states do agree on some things, especially when it comes to students and science.
MSSEF is the culmination of Regional Science Fairs that occur throughout the state. From approximately 2,500 Regional participants, 500 students in grades 6-12 are selected to advance and present their research at MSSEF. Students compete for awards totaling $25,000 sponsored by 40 government agencies, corporations, and professional scientific societies.
As many as one hundred papers and projects will be presented by students from throughout SE Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Approximately 30 students will gain entrance to the state fair, and one student from our region will go on to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
You can search through these pages to find links and materials to help you with organizing your project, including rules, forms, and registration materials. You will also find folders and slide shows of previous fair participants and award winners.
All of this would not be possible without fair volunteers, many of them science educators and engineers themselves who contribute more than 400 hours of time to plan and stage the fair. Host facilities (Saint Mary's University and Winona State University) contribute exhibition space, classrooms, and in-kind services to make the experience a memorable one for students.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly this fair is made possible because of contributions from our sponsors and financial supporters.
A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors!