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.

STEM Education Grows in the Lowell Area

Marking a tremendous increase in interest and participation in STEM education, early March saw a very successful regional science air at the Bartlett Community Partnership School in Lowell. With assistance and support from Middlesex Community College Service Learning students, the 100 middle school students taking part in the first Lowell’s first Middle School District Science & Engineering Fair presented more than 60 projects.

Brockton High School Science Fair Marks Great Success

Presenting 142 projects conceived and executed by 400 scientists, Brockton High School recently marked its annual science fair. Running the gamut from baked ice cream to measuring air quality and composition around the school itself, the projects were diverse and impressive. Under the dedicated support of science fair coordinators Suzanne Heenan and Kaylee DeGrace who helped students and science faculty with support and resources, the fair was considered a great success.

Teachers: Join Us for CMI Educator Day!

CMI Educator Day will be held at the Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 8:30am - 3:00pm at MIT. The program will take participants behind the scenes at the 65th annual fair, and includes a lab tour and hosted luncheon at a nearby biotech company.  STEM teachers of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to register!

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New Resources for STEM Teaching

Trilogy Publications is adding to its series of "Those Amazing..." books which are designed to present real-world projects and examples to upper elementary through high school age kids. The most recent, and third, title is "Those Amazing Builders." All written by Charlotte Forbes, this book follows "Those Amazing Scientists" and "Those Amazing Engineers."

Massachusetts High Schooler’s Project Draws Federal Attention

After collecting ticks for her originally intended science fair project, Braintree High School sophomore Jacqueline Flynn decided to pursue a topic on ticks with a different spin (or rather, spin cycle). Worried about keeping her clothing tick free after collecting the parasitic arachnids, Flynn researched methods of killing them in the laundry. She found a large lack of data on the subject, with recommendations while washing machines were ineffective, that a full hour in a dryer would kill them.

UMass Med School Honors Science Fair Winner

Examining a link between alcohol use during pregnancy & type 1 diabetes lands one science fair winner a summer job @ UMass Med School. More at UMass Med NOW.

Flipping the STEM Classroom

The issue of lack of qualified STEM workers is, by now, well known. What are some of the innovations being employed to help correct this?

Massachusetts Students in the Intel Science Talent Search

Intel Science Talent SearchWe were delighted to discover that there are three students hailing from Massachusetts who will be part of the Intel Science Talent Sea

Seeking Science Fair Judges!

The Bromfield Schools PTO is seeking 20 judges to help evaluate 100 projects in their upcoming February 7 Science Fair. If you are interested, contact Ellen Sachs Leicher at eslassoc61@aol.com. Read more details here.

Click2Science: STEM resources for Out of School Providers

As important as it is to keep growing STEM options in the classroom, exposure to STEM possibilities with opportunities to explore outside of the classroom are also key. To that end, there is a new business called Click2Science. Designed to be used by staff who work with kids in out-of-school programs, this free site offers a variety of videos and other resources to expand the tool kit for teachers, coaches, and trainers. The site will continue to be developed and add more content over the course of 2014.

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