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.

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

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.

The Art of STEM

As our society grows increasingly technical in nature, and both needs and wants to be more innovative in engineering and science, careers in STEM fields are growing while the number of people entering those fields is not keeping up. This has spurred on the push to find more ways to inspire kids to pursue science and math in school.

2014 Science Writing Workshops for Teachers

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, four workshops for teachers on science writing will be offered in March of 2014.

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