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Organizing a Science & Engineering Fair

Organizing a Science & Engineering Fair (OSEF)

A Graduate Course from MSSEF’s Curious Minds Initiative (CMI). Complete to earn 1 graduate credit. OSEF is part of the STEM Certificate in Inquiry from Framingham State University. August 10 & 11, 2016, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm in Worcester, MA


About OSEF

OSEF provides a framework and guidance for best practices in the logistics of managing a classroom with students working on independent research on different topics, and running a science fair program and building district-based support for it.

OSEF Benefits

Your Students & Teaching practice:

  • Every student deserves the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of the discovery process – the chance to learn something never before known!
  • Science Fairs enable students to explore their natural curiosity about the world in the same way that “real” scientists and inventors do.
  • Science fair programs help students develop essential 21st-century life & career skills: reading, math, writing, critical thinking, ethics, communication and graphic arts.
  • Receive a special invitation to participate in MSSEF Educator Day at MIT (May 1, 2015).*

Comments from science fair students:

  • "Life-forming experience"
  • "Allowed me to go to college"
  • "I was constructing my future."

Benefits for Teachers and Communities:

  • INSPIRE STUDENTS & BE PART OF THE DISCOVERY PROCESS! Guiding students through the research process provides teachers with a chance to inspire students to pursue science, technology and engineering studies, and also to become involved in the discovery process themselves.
  • CONNECT WITH PARENTS & LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY. Local businesses and parent/community organizations can provide resources, knowing that science fair programs offer students critical life skills and a potential pathway to college scholarships.

* MSSEF Educator Day at MIT | May 6, 2016, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Apply for a travel stipend and/or matching support for a substitute teacher! A special free conference held on Friday during the State Science & Engineering Fair for high school students @ MIT. Highlights include: walking the Exhibition Hall of 300 “Best of the Best” high school student science fair projects in Massachusetts; a seat in the Judge Orientation Program (with ~300 judges from academia and industry); feedback and discussion inquiry and project-based approaches in your teaching practice; and breakfast and lunch!


OSEF Fees, Credits and More

Registration Fee: $10 Total Tuition & Course Materials: $200 Graduate Credit: 1 graduate credit will be available to earn at an additional cost of $100. Please Note: teachers who want to enroll for graduate credit will receive an application from MSSEF, which must be submitted with payment of fees before the course begins. MSSEF Educator Day: FREE with course registration! More Please note that registration fees & graduate credit costs are non-refundable.

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