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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.
When: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Where: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852

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
    • Download the manual from the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair Middle School Manual & Forms webpage
    • Download forms from Region IV forms.
    • Please design your project considering the safety restrictions in the manual (pp. 5-6).
    • Complete (with signatures) the Background Informational Sheet and Form 1A (one per student), Form 1B (one per project), and if needed, Form C and/or Form D (one per project).
    • Email scanned pdf files of these forms to this email address:
    • The Region IV Safety Review Committee will review the forms and approve / reject the project
      Deadline for project approvals: February 24, 2020
  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:

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