Thanks to a generous and extensive network of corporations, foundations, professional organizations, institutions of higher learning and individual donors, the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) has successfully led the way for more than six decades advocating for and providing K-12 students with first-hand experiences in the professional practices of working scientists and engineers.

Our core programs in Massachusetts – Curious Minds Initiative, Showcases of Independent Research Projects and  the (web-based) Science & Engineering Fair Online Systems -- are recognized byScience, Technology, Engineering & Math ("STEM") organizations worldwide as innovative, best-practices models for inspiring students to pursue STEM learning and careers. The success of MSSEF programs has enabled thousands of students in hundreds of Massachusetts schools each year to learn science through “doing science” and to participate in science fairs statewide. 

General Support

We encourage and welcome general support of our activities. MSSEF programs have benefited greatly from donations and grants for general operating support. However, if someone wishes to specifically target their contribution, MSSEF offers several opportunities to do so and also welcomes the occasion to create customized,robust opportunities to meet the donor’s goals.




The Massachusetts Science Fair is free for schools and their students, and many of our graduate-level professional development courses are offered at no charge to STEM teachers from high needs districts. Your contribution will allow us to continue these practices. With your support, thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the Commonwealth will get to experience first-hand the professional practices of professional scientists and engineers as they work on independent STEM research and innovation projects.

MSSEF, Inc. is a federal tax-exempt organization under Federal Law 501(C)(3)

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MSSEF Alumni Speak!

  • “A life-forming experience”

  • “Allowed me to go to college”

  • “I was constructing my future.”