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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Science Fair Judging

Here in Massachusetts, the unseasonably warm weather reminds us how close we are to the opening of the 63rd annual Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair! On Friday, May 4, high school students will have their outstanding projects on display at MIT. Some participants will have invested more than 1,000 hours of work into their project by that time!

The success of science fairs depends in large part on the talents and generosity of volunteer judges.  MSSEF asks only that judges have a minimum of an undergrad degree in a STEM discipline and work in a STEM-related field.  If you've ever considered judging, this article by Susan Wells, editor of the Steve Spangler Science Blog, offers a behind-the-scenes peek into what science fair judging is like for a "newbie."

If you have time on Friday, May 4th to come to MIT and volunteer as a judge, please let us know!  Judges may register online at Please email any questions about judging at a MSSEF event to

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