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We're here to make it easier to get students Science Fair Ready

The Science & Engineering Fair model is iconic and the shared experience connects people across generations. Participating in Science Fair continues to provide a unique journey for each student to explore meaningful questions, paving the way to academic growth and personal self-discovery.  Check out our Roadmap to learn more

Through student-led projects students can meet MA STE Standards, such as:

·       Ask questions and define problems 

·       Plan and carry out investigations 

·       Analyze and interpret data

We’ve been diligently working on developing tools and programming that helps students build understanding, innovate around local and global issues, and see themselves as STEM learners.

Click Here for the Science Fair Ready Checklist

High School Rules, Policies, and Expectations

In case you missed it, you can find new resources at for navigating High School Rules and Policies. You'll find a breakdown of the High School Manual to review the restricted areas of research, as well as Research Plan Templates students can use to draft their plans.

We encourage all students to draft a research plan before starting a zFairs account. Don't hesitate to reach out to with any questions about process or expectations.

Click Here for the Approval Checklist
Click Here for Project Component Requirements

Upcoming opportunities

Become a member of MSEF's 2023 Science Fair Ready Network and receive program opportunities, training, and materials. Sign up now and request a free 'Classroom Kit' of posters and prompts to foster student curiosity for strong project starts, thanks to the support of National Grid, MathWorks and DCU for Kids.

Download the Steps to Get Science Fair Ready poster that breaks down the steps for science research, engineering design, computer science, and mathematics.

Virtual Engagement for teachers

  • MSEF Information Sessions - For new and experienced teachers, both Middle School and High School, we'll be providing an overview of the Science Fair system, paperwork, and resources. Click the dates below to register:
  • Tuesday, September 20th at 4 pm
  • Thursday, September 29th at 4pm
  • Office Hours for Teachers - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 4pm on zoom. SIGN UP HERE

Office Hours for Students - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 4pm on zoom. SIGN UP HERE  This is an opportunity for students to ask questions of MSEF about projects, paperwork, and potential resources. 

Share this student newsletter and help us recruit High School Students for:

  • Ideation Sessions
  • 'Think Tank' Platform
  • BIPOC Coaching

Check out these downloadable teaching materials and activities from MathWorks and help students explore the basics of programming, plotting, music and more through MATLAB and Simulink. 

We are here for you! Let us know how we can help.

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Rebekah Stendahl

Program Director

Advancing science and engineering literacy since 1949, the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) was founded by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, MIT professors, and a group of pioneering K-12 science educators. 

MSEF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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