Empowering students to ask tough questions and problem solve using science + engineering practices

The value of the science & engineering fair journey

Science fair is a process as well as an event. The research experience allows students to guide their own science or engineering investigation, gathering valuable skills and experiences along the way.


A Fair project employs the scientific method or engineering design process, engaging students in independent investigation. Revision, reflection, and communication are core to the process.


The process provides students with the opportunity to guide their learning on a topic they are passionate about, while building a variety of practical skills – from quantitative, to analytical, to presentation – giving them the tools to launch their STEM future. Each student has a unique project journey, leading to academic growth and personal self-discovery.


Any middle or high school student in Massachusetts is eligible to participate and is welcomed.


Students from across Massachusetts can participate, whether rural, suburban, or urban. If eligible they may compete at a Regional or State competition, bringing students together from across the Commonwealth.

The fact that I could take this research and apply it to the world went beyond my notebook. All I’ve ever wanted to do is to make a difference—take my passion to make an impact in my community.

Freya Proudman, MSEF alumnus

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