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For 72 years we have run the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair for middle and high school students. Fairs allow young researchers and innovators from across the Commonwealth to showcase their achievements at these annual competitions. Our programs benefit students in grades 6-12, free of charge, providing hands-on approaches to personalized learning that offer youth unique experiences in doing real-world research and encouraging innovation. The Science and Engineering Fair structure engages students in longitudinal project work, engaging in research and engineering design and using the scientific documentation process and/or the engineering design process to reinforce their learning.
Each year, the Fair model engages 1,500+ students in independent research projects which lead to presentations at fairs at their school level, regional level and, ultimately, to the state. Scholarships and prizes are awarded, including two patent awards.
During all programming, students develop STEM competencies, learn to think logically and creatively, communicate effectively, and to persevere, viewing mistakes as opportunities and not failures. Students learn to communicate, with both written and spoken word, as the program culminates in the fair, which requires a public-facing experience, with judges assessing their work.
Volunteer to serve as a judge
The MSEF High School State Science & Engineering Fair will be held on Thursday April 29th & Friday April 30th. Judges will be scheduled by subject area for a specific date and time slot. The schedule:
Thursday April 29th
  • 9am-1pm: Biochemistry and Chemistry
  • 1pm-5pm: Earth/Space Science and Environmental Science
Friday April 30th
  • 9am-1pm: Biology and Behavioral Science
  • 1pm-5pm: Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics & Electronics
MSEF is pleased to be offering live (online) interviewing between students and judges this year. Judges will have access to a full portfolio of student materials which will allow for a more complete picture of the students’ research and knowledge.
To register as a 2021 judge, please click HERE to create an account. When registering, please choose up to two preferences for the subject area(s) you would like to judge.
Judge Qualifications:
  • Four-year college degree in field(s) of science, technology, engineering, or math and/or;
  • 5+ years of professional and/or academic experience in one or more of those fields;
  • Most Judges hold Master’s and/or PhD degrees, however this is not a requirement;
  • High School teachers are not eligible to judge.
Please save the date for a judge orientation session on April 26th at 7pm or April 28th at 12pm.
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