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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. ... 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

Last week, thousands gathered to hear about the wonders of science and engineering from hundreds of Massachusetts organizations.  Tables filled with activities lit up children's faces and intrigued their parents.  For four hours, these activities took over the Cambridge Public Library and the surrounding lawn and field house.

In addition to all of the hands-on activities, students of all ages also enjoyed a robot zoo featuring water robots, rolling robots, sniffing robots and every other kind of robot in between.  Stage performances featuring fanciful chemistry demonstrations, science comedy, and much more entertained visitors throughout the event.

~Shannon Morey

For the past year a group of 10 East Boston High School (EBHS) students with the guidance of two EBHS teachers have been learning science and helping their community.  The students have been reading and creating science non-fiction stories for elementary students at Umana Academy in East Boston.  They have also been mentoring 6th graders leading and environmental initiative at Umana.

During all of this, the students were also fundraising for their biggest service learning project - a trip to Arizona to volunteer at the Navajo Nation reservation.  The students completed their trip last week and chronicled their activities on a... Read More

Many feel that when people refer to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) they are really just talking about science and math. Technology and engineering often get put aside in K-12 classrooms to focus on the fundamentals of science and mathematics.  However, things are starting to change.  As the need for students with engineering and technology skills increases the need to teach students these skills before they reach college has become apparent.

EdWeek mentions a number of initiatives to bring the T and E in STEM that are gaining momentum in classrooms across the country.  Tens of thousands of classrooms are now using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum materials developed by Boston's own Museum of Science.  The new common standards also have a greater focus on engineering skills and an engineering based Advanced Placement (AP) course may be... Read More

The Boston-based non-profit Citizen Schools has long been working with corporate partners to bring exciting STEM experiences into the classroom and give students access to STEM professionals.  Now, Citizen Schools will working with corporations on the US2020 project with the goal of having 1 million STEM professionals mentoring K12, college, and graduate students throughout their careers by the year 2020.  In addition to changing the landscape of STEM education by giving students these opportunities, they also hope to change the workplace for those in STEM careers by making volunteering a common occurrence. Citizen Schools will be incubating this project until June 2014.  Cisco, Cognizant, and SanDisk are the founding corporate partners.... Read More

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