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.

What Does Inquiry Learning Look Like?

Since 1949, the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) has been promoting science literacy and advancing inquiry learning. MSSEF programs engage sustained student interest, increasing science learning while also developing students’ 21st century workplace skills, such as communication, teamwork and a strong work ethic.

Characteristics of Schools Successful in STEM

A little light summer reading: Longitudinal data on students from two states -- Florida and North Carolina -- reveals "STEM-relevant variables" linked to success in STEM education.

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Cool Idea: Documenting Inquiry-Based Learning on Video

Identifying problems, brainstorming possible solutions, and conducting experiments are all steps in the process of inquiry learning.  One school is taking the process even further, by adding video documentation to the mix.

Exciting, Hands-On Learning Experiences Build Interest in STEM Careers

Making science come alive for kids through interactive, hands-on, inquiry-based learning is key to getting them "hooked" enough to pursue STEM subjects as their academic careers advance.  Darryl Lee Baynes, president of the Minority Aviation Education Association's Interactive Science Programs, has an action-packed formula for encouraging minority students to think about pursuin

Project-Based Learning: The Wave of the Educational Future

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.

Wanted: Massachusetts Grads with Computing Expertise

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.

Middle School Students Capture Media Attention in Advance of State Fair

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

Congratulations Intel ISEF 2013 Grand Award Winners!

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:

MA Students Honored with Special Awards at Intel ISEF

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.

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