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Inquiry First.

Touted as the educational model best suited to prepare students for 21st-century challenges, project-based learning boosts student engagement while honing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

While the idea of project-based learning is gaining traction, the challenge of shifting from the "traditional" teaching method to a project-based model takes careful planning and more than a little trust.

Teacher training is crucial. In Massachusetts, teachers have an opportunity to earn the STEM Certificate in Inquiry from Framingham State University by taking a series of three professional development courses over the summer.  The program was developed by the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) in collaboration with the Education Development Center... Read More

Massachusetts isn't churning out enough college graduates in the field of computing to meet the demands of the current job market.  So said representatives of Google, Microsoft, and Intel during a meeting with Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday at a Tech Hub Caucus meeting held at the State House.

According to Steve Vinter, engineering and site director at Google's Cambridge office, "Computing... is not a tech sector problem, it is a Massachusetts economy problem." Vinter pointed out that while more than 70% of new STEM jobs require advance computing skills, inadequate computer science offerings in Massachusetts schools have created a shortage of workers to fill the available openings.  One solution: Spark interest in computer science by introducing the subject earlier in students' school careers.

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Allison Wolfe, left, and Ella King won the Genzyme Award at the Region I Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (photo by iBerkshires.com)

Excitement is building to the Massachusetts State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair, now just two days away! A record student turnout is expected at Worcester Technical High School on Saturday, and the caliber of projects looks to be higher than ever.

Two outstanding exhibitors, Ella King and Allison Wolfe, have already received considerable media attention for their science fair project. A... Read More

Nine students in Massachusetts' delegation, 24 strong, received awards at Intel ISEF 2013!  In addition to the Special Award winners announced last night, this year's Grand Award winners included:

Ayush Kumar & Raashed Raziuddin, Advanced Mathematics and Science Academy
3rd place Grand Award - Life Sciences - Biochemistry

Project: "Albuterol Toxicity in Zebrafish and Its Protection with Vitamin E"
Abstract: "The goal of this project was to determine the toxic effects of albuterol in an in vivo model system of zebrafish. 24 hpf and 48 hpf zebrafish embryos were exposed to different concentration of Albuterol and were inspected for mortality and heart rate. Significant morphological defect and mortality was observed at concentration of 1000 μM of albuterol treatment. Acridine orange staining of the treated embryos exhibited apoptosis. Concentration dependent increases in superoxide anion (O2-) and nitric oxide (NO)... Read More

Four members of the Massachusetts delegation to Intel ISEF were honored last night at the Special Award Organizations Ceremony.  Congratulations to Rahi Punjabi, Emory Payne, Zohaib Moonis and Douglas Smith! Read on for details about their awards and winning projects.

Award: American Society for Microbiology
Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the largest single life science membership organization in the world. Members worldwide represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specializations plus a division for microbiology educators. The ASM awards honor the most outstanding microbiology projects.
Rahi Dilip Punjabi
, 16, Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough, Massachusetts: "Engineering a Novel Fusion Protein Therapy for Meningococcal Infection" (Second Award of $1,750)

Award: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health & the Friends of NIDA
Part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's... Read More

To: Abeer, Adam, Adrian, Amy, Andrew, Andriana, Ayush, Benjamin, Daniel, Dillon, Emory, Erica, Greg, James, Jessica, Lucas, Nafisa, Omar, Patrick, Raashed, Rahi, Shannon, Shirley, and Zohaib: You're all winners already... We're so proud of what you've accomplished in Massachusetts.  Now go show the world what you've got!

Good luck to each and every member of Massachusetts' Intel ISEF crew!

Some of the world's brightest high school students -- including 24 from Massachusetts -- have converged on Phoenix, Arizona this week to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Their ultimate goal? Grab a piece of the more than $4 million in awards.

The students in the Massachusetts delegation have had a busy month.  Just last week many of them competed in the 64th annual Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair at MIT (May 3rd and 4th).  Most of them rose to the state fair level on the strength of their projects' performance in their regional fairs -- of which there are six in Massachusetts.  The... Read More

A dedicated group of volunteers from Millennium Pharmaceuticals descended upon MIT on Friday, May 3 to judge the best-of-the-best science and engineering projects (including that of 2013 Grand Prize Winner, Nicholas Cyganski, left) on exhibit at the 64th annual State High School Science & Engineering Fair.

The Millennium contingency made up part of a judge pool more than 300 strong -- career professionals in engineering, math, and the sciences who took all or part of a sunny Friday off to help motivate and inspire the state's up-and-coming scientists.

“I always find this to be a very rewarding experience both for me and, I can tell, for the students who are participating," said David Sedlock, Millennium's Sr. Director of Research Systems and a seven-year volunteer judge. "I do this because I enjoy giving back to the community."

MSSEF is grateful for the involvement of companies like Millennium and individuals from across... Read More

Adrian Haber (left) of Boston Latin School and Rahi Punjabi of Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough were selected to represent Massachusetts at an international science fair competition in Chicago last week.

Haber, of Boston and Punjabi, of Northborough, competed against students from across the country in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge at the BIO International Convention in Chicago on April 20th. As BioGENEius delegates, Haber and Punjabi also attended the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago (April 22-25).

“By highlighting the amazing research of these students, at such a young age, the BioGENEius Challenge promotes scientific excellence and curiosity. With more than 430 students competing in the Challenge each year, we hope to encourage these... Read More

President Obama took a tour of more than 30 science, technology and engineering projects on Monday, April 22nd in his third White House Science Fair. Exhibits included a bicycle-pedal powered water filtration system created by Payton Karr and Kiona Elliot, classmates at Northeast High School of Oakland Park, Florida, that was tested by the commander-in-chief himself. Senior Administration officials and leading STEM communicators, advocates, and educators attended the White House Science Fair as well and met the students, encouraging further participation in both science fairs across the nation and STEM fields.

One projected was created by Boston, Massachusetts native Cassidy Wright through her school’s TechnoSWAG learning-apprenticeship program. Cassidy created an LED banner programmed to automatically flash the message “BE YOURSELF.” She built the banner in order to make a statement... Read More

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