The Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) celebrated its 70th Anniversary at the Westin Waterfront on October 10th. This fun and inspiring event highlighted MSEF’s seven decades of success in nurturing young researchers and building the next generation innovation workforce.
Nearly 200 people braved the stormy weather to help MSEF celebrate, including students, sponsors, donors, judges, and many others passionate about STEM education and interested in MSEF’s programs. Bringing together prominent members of the science & technology community, the event also introduced many new friends to MSEF as we look to the future.
The true stars of the “show” were the students, all current/recent science fair participants. During the reception hour, they showcased their projects, engaged in lively discussions with guests, and answered a myriad of questions about their actual research and design work. Later in the program, each student was featured on stage as they each described how the science fair experience made a huge difference in their life and career path.
Another inspiring feature of the evening was the video created especially for the event. “Why We Do What We Do” highlighted four MSEF alumni (Dr. Jillian Berry, Fiona Dunn, Rick Housley, and Dr. Lanay Greissner) and professional scientist/mentor Dr. Trudi Veldman.
“The science fair is what really introduced me to how to dive into a problem, and not just that problem-solving tool box, but how understand to the whole breadth of a problem,” explained Housley, now a Senior Engineer at United Technologies – or he describes his work as “a professional hacker testing aviation systems for a living.”
“The Massachusetts Science Fair is the ultimate in creativity, and runs across so many different spectrums,” said Mark Gelfand, a global entrepreneur and founder of STEM Power. “These students are our future scientists and engineers. I can’t imagine a more effective way [to build this workforce],”
Click here to view the MSEF 70th Anniversary Celebration Video.
For 70 years, MSEF has been the leading provider of STEM opportunities for Massachusetts students and educators. Since its founding in 1949, MSEF programs have impacted over 75,000 students. In addition to the statewide science fair program for high school and middle school students. MSEF also developed its nationally recognized Curious Minds Initiative. Together, these MSEF programs have had a profound impact on our nation’s innovation economy.
Anyone who has attended the MSEF science fair, a culminating school-year event at MIT, has seen the breathtaking display of students setting up projects that showcase their initiative and desire to help improve the world and to add to collective scientific knowledge. MSEF is proud to have played this important role in the lives of young people for the last 70 years and can continue for the next 70 years with the support of its generous sponsors, teachers, judges, and parents.
MSEF expresses its appreciation to all of the sponsors, friends, parents, and teachers who joined us for this milestone celebration. We would also like to thank the wonderful students who presented their research projects onsite!