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Massachusetts Region IV Middle School Science and Engineering Fair

Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair  (MSEF) logo. MSEF enables thousands of students each year to experience first hand the professional practices of working scientists and engineers through the development of independent research projects, guided by teachers or mentors. MSEF supports schools to start/expand science fairs with mini-grants & consultants. MSEF empowers teachers to use inquiry and project-based approaches to STEM learning so that their students can better understand their world, think independently and critically, and help to solve everyday as well as global challenges. MSEF showcases and celebrates students’ research work through annual Science Fair events.

The 2020 Region IV Middle School Science Fair has been cancelled.


Who can participate?

  • Students in grades 6-8 attending public, parochial, or private schools in Massachusetts’ Region IV – towns in Region IV listed on the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair website (pdf)
  • If your school participates, project selection is made at the school level
  • If your school does not participate, you can enter as an independent project.

How to participate?

  1. Step 1: Project Approval
  2. Step 2: Registration
  3. Step 3: Project presentations (April 11, 2020)
    • Projects are set up at the designated time. The space is typically three feet by 1.5 feet.
    • Each project is presented to three judges. Judging criteria are listed in the manual downloaded from the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair Middle School Manual & Forms webpage
    • The 40 best projects are winners of the Region IV Science and Engineering Fair. The awards ceremony is held about one hour after the end of judging.

The 40 winners of the Region IV Science Fair are eligible for the State Middle School Science Fair on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Additional Information

For additional information please contact Carol Barry, Director by email at: Carol_Barry@uml.edu.

The Region IV Science and Engineering Fair is sponsored by the James B. Francis College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.