Minnesota State Geographers Fair

DATE: Saturday, February 11, 2017
TIME:  9:00 am – noon
LOCATION:  Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN



Showcase Your Students’ Geography Knowledge
Every year K-8 students bring individual, small group, or whole class projects to the Fair, where geographers evaluate their projects. Student participants receive free exhibit hall passes to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the day (OMNI passes are not included), a school participation certificate, and take part in special geography activities. The event concludes with door prize drawings for both teachers and students.

Project Guidelines
Any project with a geographic subject matter is welcome! Is your class studying Minnesota? World Regions? Map Making? Watersheds? — let your lesson plan be your guide. Do you need a topic suggestion? At previous Fairs, students have developed their projects into: dioramas, graphs & charts, electrically wired answer boards, models & maps, video presentations and much more.

Your students may bring individual, small group, or whole class projects to the Fair.

Student Participants
Each school is permitted to bring up to twelve student representatives. If you have more than twelve students who have developed projects, we encourage you to host your own School Geographers’ Fair prior to the State Fair. At the conclusion of your school’s fair, determine which project(s) (and twelve students) will represent your school at the State Geographers’ Fair. Those students not selected as one of the 12 participants by their school are strongly encouraged to attend the Fair and join in the fun as supporters and spectators for the day’s events.

Project Displays
At Fair Check-in, schools will be given a table display location. Each school is permitted one display table. The museum provides tables for project displays and access to electrical hook-ups (when requested), but each school must bring all of their own equipment necessary for display of their project, (e.g., extension cords, computers, VCRs, easels, etc.)


Fair Supporters
Many of the following donors have generously contributed over the years to our door prize drawings: The Minnesota Timberwolves, Vikings, Wild, and Twins, Lerner Books (Lerner Publishing Company), International Institute (Festival of Nations tickets), The University of Minnesota, the Mississippi River Rthe Minnesota Historical Society, the Science Museum of Minnesota and National Geographic Society.