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.

2012 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair Dates and Information

PhotobucketThe 2012 Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair will take place Thursday, May 3 - Saturday, May 5 at MIT.  Students in grades 9-12 from all Massachu

Show Me the Money

An interesting chart based on 2010 census data shows how various college majors stack up in terms of career income potential.  For each major listed, data includes unemployment percent, popularity ranking, and average earnings at the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles.  It's easy to access engineering and science data by clicking the buttons in the "Suggested Searches" area.
Via graphicsweb.wsj.com

Study Suggests High-Stakes Testing Fuels Over-Emphasis on Reading, Math Instruction

Increasingly, the demands of state tests for proficiency in math and reading seem to be pushing subjects like science, art, and social studies aside, according to a survey commissioned by Washington-based research organization Common Core. "During the past decade, our public schools have focused—almost exclusively—on reading and math instruction," said Common Core president and executive director Lynn Munson.

Female CEOs Lament Lack of STEM Graduates

Women CEOs from several US companies traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday to deliver a message to a group of female lawmakers: We've got science and technology jobs to fill; where are the qualified candidates?  A big part of the pr

Key Facts About Computer Science

During Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10, 2011), here are several interesting facts about computer science (from CSEdWeek.org):

Student-Created Video Aims to Teach Students to Prepare for Science Fairs

As part of a community outreach project, recent high school graduate Kevin Temmer produced an original animated video to teach students how to prepare for science fairs. Enjoy!

MSSEF Board Member Mike Wyzga Takes Helm at Radius Health

Biotechnology veteran -- and MSSEF board member -- Michael S. Wyzga has assumed the position of CEO at Cambridge, MA-based Radius Health, following a 13-year career at Genzyme. While serving as Genzyme's Executive Vice President, Finance, and CFO, Mike led the $20.1 billion sale of Genzyme to Sanofi last April -- the second-largest acquisition ever in the industry.

Not Partial to the Names "Flerovium" and "Livermorium"? Speak Up!

Two new elements are making their debut on the periodic table. Element 114 is slated to be named "flerovium" (atomic symbol Fl), and element 116 has been tagged with the moniker "livermorium" (Lv).

One-Month Countdown to Einstein Fellowship Program Applications Due Date!

Applications for the 2012-2013 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program are due on January 5, 2012.  From the Einstein Fellowship web site: "The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the nation

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

In a new "crowdsourcing" experiment, scientists are appealing to the public for help in deciphering killer whale calls. Scientific American and The Zooniverse launched The Whale Project this week.

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