The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair is open to all students from public, private and parochial schools (grades 9-12) throughout the state, including "home schools".
There are two ways to qualify to enter:
1. Qualify through the MA Regional Science Fairs
There are six Regional Science Fair organizations located across Massachusetts. Each regional science fair may send 40-50 of their top-scoring student projects to the statewide Science & Engineering Fair, provided that the students are certified by the Regional Fair Chairperson. The exact number of projects is determined by the formula: 40 + 10%*(number of projects over 100), up to a maximum of 50 projects.
Contact your Regional Fair Chair for more information on how to qualify for the Regional Science Fairs – the first step is to gain approval of your Research Plan.
2. Qualify through Your School or Your School’s Science Fair
Each school may send up to two additional student projects to the statewide Science Fair (either an individual or team project). To qualify, students must have their research plans approved (see process below) before they begin experimentation, and then must be selected by their school to participate.
Important - All Massachusetts schools are encouraged to first enter their students in their Regional Science Fairs, where students may be selected for the statewide science fair if they have one of the top-scoring projects.
Students who qualify through the Regional Science Fairs have the advantage of gaining feedback from judges on how to improve their projects, enabling students to refine their work before the statewide Science Fair.
The First Step for All Students: APPROVAL OF YOUR RESEARCH PLAN - click here to create or update your student account in our online system (SEFOS).
Before a student’s experimentation may begin, students must check to see if their project will require prior-approval by the local Regional Science Fair Scientific Review Committee (SRC). For example, all student projects that involve dangerous substances, vertebrate animals, human subjects and/or will be explored in a setting other than a school must be approved by the Regional Science Fair SRC before experimentation may begin.
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About MSSEF Science Fair Registration
Approved student delegates from regional science fairs and schools may register online for the statewide Science Fair beginning in early March. Once MSSEF receives a list of qualified projects from schools and regions, it sends out a link for students to register online.
- Save the Dates: Students are expected to participate in all events of the two-day high school Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair at MIT.
- Schedule your SAT & AP Exams to avoid conflicts: Students are encouraged to schedule their SAT & AP exams to avoid any conflicts with the Science Fair schedule. If this is not possible, students should take these exams in the Cambridge/Boston area so they may arrive at the Science Fair on time. High school guidance counselors can advise students about how to arrange to take these exams away from students’ respective schools.
- Public Showcase: An exciting time to share your work with visitors. All students must be present at their projects for the public showcase of projects at 12:30 P.M. on the Saturday of the Science Fair.
March 2017: Student online registration begins. Signed registration applications must be sent to MSSEF within five days of your Regional Science Fair
March 24, 2017 @ 12:00 noon: Student online registration closes
May 5 & 6, 2017: The annual Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair at MIT, Cambridge
May 14 - 19, 2017: International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), Los Angeles, CA