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.

Multifaceted Arizona Project Aims to Spark Young Students' Enthusiasm about STEM

With the goal of getting young students inspired by and excited about learning STEM subjects, a new project in Arizona, Engineers Serving Education, has the ambitious goal of reaching nearly 10,000 elementary and middle school students over the next year.

CSU System Pins Future on STEM

The California State University (CSU) system is looking to graduate more students with majors in STEM disciplines -- a reponse, administrators say, to concerns about the quality of the U.S. labor force.  One aspect of CSU's initiative: a focus on service learning.  "It brings STEM to life in a meaningful way," said Judy Botelho, CSU's director of the Center for Community Engagement.

World-Renowned Engineer Satisfies Life Calling as Mentor

Charles Thornton, co-founder of structural engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, worked on such lofty building projects as Yankee Stadium during his professional heyday.  Post-retirement, Thornton turne

Feeding STEM Disciplines with Well-Trained Professionals Vital to Economic Recovery

Paula Allen-Meares, Vice President of the University of Illinois, makes the case for colleges and universities stepping up creatively to meet the challenge of graduating tomorrow's STEM professionals.  Along the way, she notes the critical importance of elementary, middle, and high schools in influencing students' career paths.

Study: "Micro-Biases" Adversely Impact Female Engineering Students

Contrary to popular belief, the reason that fewer women than men stick with engineering majors and enter engineering careers is not necessarily related to their ambitions to start a family.  More likely, women's shaky "professional r

Innovative Education Initiative Aims to Create Culture of Research in Everett Schools

How many middle and high school students that you know can describe what a biotechnology scientist does at her lab bench?  How many of their parents could rattle off the kinds of tasks performed by an electrical engineer?  Or the trainin

Framingham State an Official NASA Educator Resource Center

Framingham State University, which partners with MSSEF through MSSEF's Curious Minds Initiative to offer the STEM Certificate in Inquiry, is positioned to become an invaluable resource to teachers of STEM subjects.  As Massachusetts' first NAS

Reflections on the Value of Child's Play

According to author Annie Murphy Paul ("Origins"), growing up in the digital age means that many of today's children are spending too little time tinkering.  "Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater

Selected STEM Education Links

Here are links to some recent studies and articles that help frame the current state of STEM education in the US:

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