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.

Peer Pressure Impact on Girls and Minorities in STEM Tracks

Peer pressure is a force in all of our lives, and that's especially so for school-aged kids. It's been shown that the middle school years are when girls tend to start turning away from math and science. Psychology researcher Nilanjana Dasgupta from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is starting to investigate the factors contributing into that trend.

How Far Can STEM Take You? Jack Andraka on The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report had a very special guest on his October 30, 2013 show: teen scientist Jack Andraka.

Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), at the age of just 16 years old, Andraka developed a simple and inexpensive test for pancreatic cancer. He talks about that test and his work in general in this fun little interview.

School District Partnership Aids STEM Education in Mansfield

Mansfield Education FoundationIt's no secret, not breaking news, that school budgets are suffering. The result is a reduction of programs which can help students learn outside of the core curricula.

Public Event: Science in the Streets

Art by BanksyIf you're in the Boston area and free on November 21, 2013 from 3-6pm, there's an event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center which will kick off the

Massachusetts Takes Top Marks Among US States in Scoring

United States Department of EducationThe United States Department of Education is today releasing the results of a study of 2011 scores from the National Assessment of E

Dedham High School's Math and Science Success

Dedham High School has been taking part in the Mass Math and Science Initiative (MMSI), and the students are enjoying great success, creating a model for around the state of Massachusetts.

MA State Science Fair Alum Honored with Fulbright Fellowship

Daniel W. Youngstrom, a graduate of Marlborough High School and former Massachusetts State High School Science Fair exhibitor, has achieved a rare honor: As a grad student at Virginia Tech, Dan has received a Fulbright fellowship.

Check out the TEDx Talk by MSSEF Alum Rick Housley

Over the years, several participants in the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fairs have truly made a lasting impression.  Rick Housley is one of them.  Now a sophomore at Stevens Institute of Technology, Rick graduated from Boston University Academy in 2012.  A multi-award-winning exhibitor during his middle and high school years, Rick launched his science fair career with the development of a computer controlled robotic arm in 6th grade. Rick recalls that the complexity of his projects increased from year to year:

State Science Fair Project Leads to Summer Job at UMass Medical School

Empowering students to participate meaningfully in real-world research is what science fairs are all about. For any student, science fair participation has multi-fold benefits, but for some, like Emory Payne, the benefits pay off early and in a big way.

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