photo 2_zpsd24512a7.jpg The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is committed to developing future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom. We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.

Tufts Program Aims to Halt Student Attrition from Engineering

Tufts University has an innovative program in place to help ensure that incoming freshmen intent on engineering majors have every shot at success.  The school's Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) program equips selected students with a summer of courses and workshops to help ease the transition from high school into the rigors of Tufts' first-year engineering program.  With students nation

Marlborough, MA Students Get a Head Start on Science


Marlborough High School's early-college program, called STEM, integrates project-based learning and problem-solving for real-world applications across all subjects. Marlborough is the first of six school districts in Massachusetts to implement the STEM program. As part of it, juniors and seniors can take up to 16 college credits at Framingham State University.

Seventh Graders Share Science Fair Project Results with American Academy of Pediatricians

How's this for an influential science fair project: Last year, Ohio seventh graders Casey Gittelman and Eleanor Bishop investigated how well children and adults could distinguish candy from medicine. This past October, Gittelman traveled to the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference, held in Boston, to present the results.

Boston's TILT Program Secures I3 Funding

Among the 23 grantees that secured funding through the second round of the US Department of Education's i3 Development Grant program: the Turnaround Using Increased Learning Time (TILT) program of the Boston Public Schools. With i3 funding amounting to nearly $3 million, the program will, "...

Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Open STEM Education Center

As a response to the shortage of teachers qualified to teach STEM subjects, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA has plans to create a center dedicated to STEM education.  “The STEM Education Center at WPI will engage and empower K-12 STEM educators and help them to do the critically important job of fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers who will help solve some o

Nigerian School's Bio-Digester Takes First in International Science Fair


A Nigerian School, Madonna Model Secondary School, emerged victorious from the recent International Science Fair competition in Brazil.  Thirty-five countries competed in the competition.

How Robust is the STEM Pipeline?

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Executive Director Francis Eberle weighs in on the NSTA blog about the health of the STEM pipeline, pointing out that STEM literacy doesn't end at the high school level: "How we can keep more students engaged in STEM both in high school and especially when they get to college?"

Six-Year High School Prepares Students of Color for Work in STEM

A partnership of the Department of Education, the City University of New York, and IBM, P-TECH is an innovative high school with a mission.  The six-year (grades 9-14) school offers students core subjects with a special focus on STEM.  Graduates receive a high school diploma as well as an Associate's degree in Applied Science.  Underwritten by IBM, the school opened in September with 104 students and

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds

After the inspiring experience of their high school science classes, college students pursuing STEM disciplines seem to be discovering a sober truth in college: This stuff is hard.

Closing the Girl Gap in Science

Interesting New York Times article on women pursuing STEM fields as undergraduates quotes MIT dean of admissions Stuart Schmill: "The real issue is women are falling out of STEM fields all along the pipeline, starting in middle school and high school.  To increase gender balance, it’s all a matter of getting the right story out about science and engineering to young women, that it’s not about

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