photo 2_zpsd24512a7.jpg 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.

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.

STEM Gaining STEAM Across the Country

With greater focus on STEM firmly established as a national education imperative, there's some momentum building to factor in the arts in a meaningful way.

Meadowbrook, MA LEGO Smart Creativity Project Wins Big

What better way to spark an early interest in science in students than to let them play with LEGOs!  Meadowbrook School in Massachusetts did just that, with impressive results.  The school entered -- and won -- the LEGO Smart Creativity Contest.  Students used LEGOs and NXT robotics in their creation of a "green" city, complete with solar panels instal

Boston Herald Series on Standout Boston Schools Reveals Secrets to Success

Today, the Boston Herald launches a five-part series on Boston public schools that exemplify education that works.

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