Maine Science Festival - Bangor

Friday, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:00am

Various Venues in Bangor
Bangor, ME 04401

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The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is an all-ages celebration of Maine science, including  engineering, innovation  and technology, in a festival atmosphere.

As the first and only science festival in Maine, the Maine Science Festival is a celebration of the national and world leading science by the Mainers who do it. We shine a spotlight on the science, engineering, technology and innovation happening in Maine every day.  

The MSF encourages attendees to question the world around them, and seeks to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also facilitate grass roots scientific thinking at the citizen level. With the help of our sponsors and presenters, the MSF works to showcase the remarkable work happening in Maine daily.  

Our primary event is our five-day festival in March, with all events except the headliner free of charge thanks to our sponsors. We have more than 70 + activities and events (forums, talks, exhibits, films, hands-on) for all ages, held in different locations around Bangor including the Cross Insurance Center. The MSF is set up to ensure that all Mainers have the opportunity to attend and learn about science in a unique and innovative way. By doing this, we allow festival-goers to get inspired by the many different types of science, technology, engineering and research that is happening in Maine on a daily basis.  


10:00am-5:00pm: Climate Change Art 

Climate Change Art encompasses paintings and prints created by Jill Pelto between 2014-present. Her environmental art began with field paintings created while conducting science research in locations such as Washington State and Antarctica. These experiences in art and science inspired her to find ways to communicate important environmental changes with an interdisciplinary approach. Jill’s artwork since 2015 has incorporated a wide range of graphical data, which paired with her visuals, can share these stories in new ways. Recommended audience: all ages 

Location: Main Street Gallery, Maine Discovery Museum - 74 Main Street, Bangor ME  

10:00am - 1:15pm: Friday Field Trip Day 

Our Friday Field Trip Day is for 7th & 8th grade students from schools in Maine, with the day’s programming specifically designed for this age group. These events are limited to those schools who have signed up the previous fall. If you are interested in learning more about the 2021 MSF Friday Field Trip Day, or would like to be notified when sign-ups are open, please send an email to The Field Trip Day is provided free-of-charge to the schools who attend. 

Location: Cross Insurance Center - 515 Main Street, Bangor ME 

4:30pm - 7:00pm: Tech Night 

Hey middle schoolers – want to find out about the world of computers and information technology? Learn, share, collaborate, and explore cutting-edge software and web-based tools. With workshops and hands-on activities the program is designed for maximum engagement! 

Drop-off event; pizza dinner provided for participants. Produced by Project>Login. 

Participants: please bring a laptop devices, or email us at if you will need to borrow one (we’ll have a limited supply for borrowing).  Audience: middle schoolers 

Location: Maine Discovery Museum - 74 Main Street, Bangor ME 

7:00pm: Safety Net – Pre-show session 

Penobscot Theatre Company and the Maine Science Festival are hosting pre-show talks about Safety Net’s major themes: addiction, treatment, community, first responders, and the research happening in these areas. Each session will have a different set of speakers. This session is 45 minutes long, enabling attendees to get to the Opera House in time for the 7pm show. Recommended audience: high school and up 

Location: 51A Main Street, Bangor ME 

7:30pm - 9:30pm: 5 Minute Genius 

5 Minute Genius features short, sharp talks by some of Maine’s finest scientists with 5 minutes per talk, plus 5 minutes for questions. Presenting a sprint through some of the most remarkable, cutting-edge science happening in Maine – you will feel like a genius in no time! Want more? Stick around for a reception after this event. 

Location: Bangor Arts Exchange - 193 Exchange Street, Bangor ME 

8:00pm:Penobscot Theatre presents Safety Net

by Daryl Lisa Fazio 

Chris Dove is the first female fire captain in a small Alabama town. That town is at war with opioids and Chris is facing it head-on with her heart-out. Her spitfire-of-a-mother tries to conjure stability with bundt cakes and Bible verses, but when Chris’ childhood friend drifts back into their lives, each woman finds herself at a tipping point between what is safe and what saves. In partnership with the Maine Science Festival, this brand new play is provocative and timely. Starring Julie Arnold Lisnet and directed by Tricia Hobbs (Wait Until Dark, Fun Home), Penoscot Theatre Company is proud to present the 2nd production of this work! Recommended audience: middle school and up

Location: Penobscot Theatre Company - 131 Main Street, Bangor ME 

Tickets:  $28-40/adult, $15-20/student (up to age 25, with student ID). 

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