Building life skills and STEM competencies: Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) and Curious Minds programs.

MSEF Mini-Grants enable schools and teachers to inspire children through direct engagement in research and invention projects, and the excitement of science fair competition.

Your Mini-Grant will include tuition scholarships to Curious Minds courses for STEM teachers. Learn ways to bring the professional science and engineering practices right into your classrooms and to align with the new MA STE standards.

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Eligible Schools:

All schools with grades 6-12 in Massachusetts that currently do not offer,

OR aim to expand their annual Science and/or Engineering Fair program.


Schools develop or expand a sustainable Science Fair program, and teachers bring science & engineering practices into their classrooms.


• Grants up to $1,500 for the first year, and renewable up to $3,500 for a multi-year program.

• Tuition Scholarships of $3,500 for up to 6 STEM teachers to enroll in CMI Courses

• Science Fair consultant to visit your school upon request

• Invitations for Teachers & School Leaders to:

— Join meetings of the MSEF High School Committee that helps to shape policy and organize the statewide science fair programs

— Attend MSEF Educator Day (free) at MIT – a look behind-the-scenes at the statewide Science & Engineering Fair for high school students held annually in May.

For more information on how to become a MSEF Mini-Grant school, email us at:

MSEF is grateful to STEM Power and the GEMS project for helping us launch this program that is bringing the student independent research experience and science fair program to hundreds of MA children each year.