The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is committed to developing future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom. We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.

Cornell and Technion to Build New Graduate Engineering School in New York

Cornell University and Technion (Israel Institue of Technology) will be building a new graduate engineering school on Roosevelt Island, New York City. The new facility will be known as the NYC Tech Campus will focus on applied sciences and based on hubs including Connecting Media, Healthier Life, and Built Environment.

The Potential of STEM Education to Uplift Poor Urban Schools

LEAP University Academy Charter School founder Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago sees opportunities for STEM education to reach into impoverished areas and help lift children up to break the cycle of poverty.

Cool STEM Summer Research Program for Teachers

Teachers: get your applications in now for the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program! Run by The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, the program is an all-expense-paid experience aimed at improving STEM teaching. Over the summer, the 40 teachers selected will work in small groups with teams of scientists on projects ranging from biological systems to sustainable energy.

UMass-Lowell Wins $1.6M Grant for STEM Teacher Prep

As part of Massachusetts' Race to the Top initiative, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell will receive $1.6 million to support teacher preparation in STEM subjects.  The grant will be given over three years, and will impact 250 teachers in the university's teacher preparation program.  According to UMass-Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, “Th

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards Honor Science and Math Excellence


The 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Application process is now open!  The deadline for applying is Feb. 23, 2012.  From Intel's web site:

Visas for Illegal Immigrants Studying Math, Science?

A democratic senator from Colorado thinks that an answer to the large, and growing, demand in this country for scientists and engineers could be addressed in part by granting temporary student visas to undocumented high school graduates who wish to pursue those subjects in college.  Sen.

Society, Not Biology, Is Behind Gender Gap in Math

A study published yesterday ("Debunking Myths about Gender and Mathematics Performance") challenges commonly-held assumptions linking math ability in girls and women to biological factors.  According to senior study author Janet Mertz, a professor of oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, "We tested some recen

National Park Service Expanding STEM Education Effort

With the lofty goal of reaching one quarter of America's students, the National Park Service is assuming a leadership role is supporting environmental literacy.  Through virtual field trips, teacher professional development and partnerships -- as well as facilitating access to the parks for students -- Park Service leaders aim to reach students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to benefit

Project ENGAGE! Makes Great Strides in Everett

Engage Everett! involves Everett Public School students in grades 6 through 12 in independent science and technology research experience, with the goal of building a culture of research in school districts across the state.

The Role of Museums in STEM Education

National Museum of Natural History - IMG 1966Boston Museum of Science president and director Yannis N.

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