• Dear Student, Teacher, Administrator or Parent:

    The St. Joseph School District will again be sponsoring the Junior High Divisions of the Missouri Junior Academy of Science (MJAS or "Academy") and the Jr. High Mid-America Regional Science and Engineering Fair (MARSEF or "Fair").

    • The Academy and Fair will be held Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Fulkerson Center on the campus of Missouri Western State University.  The Fair will begin with setup at 8:00 A.M. and should be finished by 12:00.  Academy presentations will take place in conjunction with the Fair. The awards ceremony will immediately follow in the Fulkerson Center.

    Registration will be accomplished via the Internet by clicking on one or both of the links below:



    2019 MARSEF Registration Link 


    2019 MJAS Registration Link

    Things to remember:

    • You must register for each event separately.  
    • Note that the “Teams” registration NOW INCLUDES the Academy competition as well as the Fair.
      • Team competitions at MJAS will be allowed this year.   Teams will consist of two students who contribute to the
      • MJAS allows teams up to 2 students

    project.  The judging rubric for the team competition will include points for demonstrating teamwork through the research project and presentation.

      • MARSEF allows teams up to 3 students
    • Students should not use the Internet registration form unless they are for sure going to MARSEF or MJAS.  
      • The registration window will begin on or before February 1 and will end March 1.
      • Duplicate registrations will be deleted.
      • All spelling/grammar/project specifics/etc. is the responsibility of the entrant.
    • I will forward a list of each school's students who have registered via email on March 2 for verification.  Any changes will be made at the discretion of the Fair Co-Directors.
    • All Fair entries must be accompanied by a $5 per student entry fee. There is no charge for students who only participate in the Academy
      • Schools should receive all funds and submit a SINGLE PAYMENT to the "St. Joseph School District" with "MARSEF" in the memo
      • SJSD Middle Schools should use "Reclassification of Funds" forms


    As always, all projects must adhere to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Rules. Specifically, Forms 1A and 1B, as well as the Adult Sponsor Checklist, are required before the project can begin. Additional forms for projects involving hazardous chemicals, human subjects, vertebrate animals, etc. may need to be completed.  Failure to adhere to these rules will result in the student not being allowed to participate.

    if you aren't sure what forms you will need, click here to go to the Rules Wizard   

    • You can go to these websites to obtain a complete copy of the rules(http://societyforscience.org/isef/about/rules_regulations.asp) and forms(http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/document).
    • Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the student and teacher that these rules and deadlines are followed.  These forms WILL NOT have to be sent in prior to the competition, but must be on display with the project.
    • Student Fair displays will be limited to what can be mounted to the DISPLAY ONLY.
      • Please encourage your students to take pictures of equipment or data collected.
      • The only items that may be displayed (and are required) on the table will be the student’s display board, official MARSEF abstract, ISEF forms, and research paper.
      • No MARSEF displays may have any liquid, compressed gases, powdered chemicals (including stained fabrics), live bacterial or fungal cultures, live or dried plants, tissue samples, or pictures of animals during testing conditions.

    The Academy has implemented “multimedia guidelines” for student presentations utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint.

    • All participants MUST their paper to the District Director by March 1 to allow for the judges to preview each research.  Please send them to Dan Benz at Benton High School as an email attachment at daniel.benz@sjsd.k12.mo.us    
    • If you have a Google Presentation, you might want to have a version of it saved to a jump drive using Powerpoint in case of internet issues.
      • NO VIDEO CLIPS (mov. Quick Time, Real Player, etc.), slide transitions or animations (other than “appear”)

    Make sure that you have a back up non-electronic presentation should your electronic presentation not function correctly.  Make sure to save all images in .jpg (JPEG) format to reduce memory size.  Computer problems are known to occur if the presentation utilizes a lot of memory.

    Please feel free to contact Carla Johnson at Spring Garden Middle School or Daniel Benz at Benton High school for more information or answers to questions.