Each year thousands of students in Massachusetts experience the professional practices of working scientists and engineers through the development of independent research projects. MSEF supports the students and their teachers with a portfolio of tools (webinars, handbooks, volunteers, etc.) that facilitate and enhance their research. Through the process students hone their critical thinking skills, learn through both successes and failure, and help solve local and global challenges. The Fair is the showcase, celebrating both the journey and the project completion.
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.
We develop future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom.
We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.
“The intelligence, excellence, creativity, and vision my mentee displayed while working on his science fair entry was tremendously energizing for me—the future is in very capable hands.”
Contact MSEF staff here.
Rishi Shukla, Bram Capital
Barnas G. Monteith, Tumblehome Learning
Samuel L. Batchelder, Esq., Goodwin Proctor LLC (ret.)
Jane A. Bell, Cabot Corporation
Sandra H. Mayrand, UMass Chan Medical School (ret.)
Roopom Banerjee, WhiteLeaf Advisors, LLC
Nicole Barkley, Natera
Rachel Connolly, MIT Media Lab
Pooja Shukla Devendran, NovoLux
Jay Kugler DeYoung, Esq., Fish & Richardson P.C.
Howard Harrison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Leibholz, Analog Devices
Eddie Moreno, Catamaran Bio
William F. Rigney, STEM Education Consultant
Adam Thomas, Synlogic