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How to Enter the Middle School Fair

Teacher Guide to Registering Students for the Statewide Middle School Fair

Middle school student projects may enter the Massachusetts State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair in two ways.

  1. Through the Massachusetts' regional middle school fair system: For contact information for your Regional Fair, see the Middle School Regional Fair Section. Each region may send their top 40 winners on to state competition.
  2. Additionally, a middle school may submit one project directly to the State Fair, which will be accepted as exhibition space allows, on a first-come, first-served basis after the first Friday in May.

The Middle School Fair offers two project categories -- individual projects and team projects (limited to maximum of three students). Students may enter the state fair either (1) directly from individual school districts (one project/school), and/or (2) as winners from regional middle school science fairs. All students and their projects are evaluated by three individual judges. The corps of volunteer judges are recruited from various constituencies: MSSEF donors, business and industry, educational institutions, even WPI and UMASS medical school students. MSSEF encourages volunteers to offer their services. MSSEF, Inc. is certain that this pre-high school fair experience will spark sufficient interest in this younger student group so they will be eager to pursue further science research activity and ultimately participate in the senior fair only a couple of years later. While the Middle School Fair is proud of its history, greater participation is a major goal. Providing the science fair experience to your students is an integral part of re-fueling the workforce of tomorrow. Introduce and engage your students today in the inspiring inquiry-based, hands-on learning experience! We look forward to seeing you at the Statewide Fair. It's an experience that lasts a lifetime!

For more information, contact the MSSEF Middle School Division office

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