New Classroom Materials are Now Available

This program framework for middle and high school teachers provides guidance for successful implementation of science and engineering projects driven by student interest and initiative. It includes information and resources to help your classroom easily navigate the process and policies for participating in a fair at the school, regional, and state level.

The framework is designed to prepare your classroom to be Science Fair Ready in any STEM field!


To access these materials, please fill out this form. Upon submission, you will receive access to the framework and supporting resources. We will be updating and adding to these materials throughout the year.

Process: Organized as Observe, Plan, Explore, Explain, this section walks through the process for developing project ideas, conducting research, analyzing data, and communicating results.

Project Guidance: This section provides support and resources including Project Registration, Scientific Review Committee, Timeline Tools, and Display Board Guidance to help students meet project requirements and stay on track.

Policies & Regulations: This section includes summaries of MSEF policies for quick reference to current rules & regulations.

MSEF Student Resources: This additional section includes guiding documents, videos and resources that were created by teachers and students for both middle school and high school students.  

Watch the video below for an overview of the student experience and the four key steps of the Science Fair Ready framework. 3:31 minutes
This video provides an overview on accessing the Science Fair Ready materials. 3:46 minutes
Explore more MSEF informational and instructional videos on YouTube :
Virtual Opportunities for Teachers 
Please click on the links below to register in advance of sessions to receive zoom link. 
MSEF Office Hours

These virtual sessions will be an opportunity to learn about key Science & Engineering Fair stages and resources. These opportunities are appropriate for both new and experienced teachers.
MSEF Discussion Groups

 These virtual sessions will be an opportunity to dive into specific topics and discuss with teachers across the state. These are facilitated by MSEF and a teacher co-host.
 Click on the dates to register in advance

Science Fair Ready Resource Overview

High School: Timeline, Policies and Paperwork

Science Fair Ready Resource Overview

High School SRC: Forms and Approval Guidance

Middle School: Timeline, Policies and Paperwork

MSEF Middle School: Getting Started
STEM Week Prep!
Students will be exposed to so much great content during Massachusetts STEM Week! Let's use this as a kick-off to the Science Fair year and a source of inspiration, research and feedback for student projects. Join us for one of the following sessions for resources and ideas.

Sept 15, 3:30-4:30p.m.
Diary of a New Middle School Science Fair Teacher
While starting a Science & Engineering Fair program in your first year or two of teaching seems daunting, the experience can be rewarding for both you and your students. Join us for a conversation with a Boston Public School teacher who will share her experience. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Sept 28, 3:30-4:30p.m.
Opportunities for Peer-Mentoring Programs
Are you looking for opportunities to empower your older Science Fair participants to mentor younger students? What are the structures and expectations you would put in place? Join fellow teachers to talk through how to set up a program like this.

Sept 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Science Fair and Vocational Schools: Exploring Opportunities
The experience at Voc-Tech schools can be in perfect alignment with Fair participation. Join this conversation with experienced Voc-Tech teachers to learn about what’s worked well and how to pursue this avenue to student learning and engagement.
Fill out this form if you would like to learn more about upcoming dates or
to schedule an information session for your team. Interested in options for co-hosting a discussion group? Contact rstendahl@scifair.com.
Job Opportunity at MSEF
Help us spread the word about a new position at MSEF as Student Engagement Manager. We are seeking a great communicator who enjoys working with students, connecting people, and is committed to equity in education. More information here on idealist.org
Wishing everyone a great start to the school year!
Rebekah Stendahl
Program Director