Hayes Science Fair - MA State Science + Engineering Fair

  • Are you a middle school student interested in participating in the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF)?

    2024 Region V Middle School Science + Engineering Fair

    Region: Southeastern Region 5 (includes Brookline)
    Fair date: Saturday, March 23, 2024
    Location: Regis College in Weston, MA
    Registration deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Registration website: https://msreg5.zfairs.com/

    Heath Science Fair 2022

    Project Requirements

    Students in 6th-8th grade are eligible. You should be sure that your research project is in compliance with the MSEF project requirements early on in your process. See the MSEF Middle School manual for more details, but in brief the project requirements are:

    1. Projects should only include research done in the current school year to be eligible for participation.

    2. Individual projects must be entirely the work of the individual student and team projects (up to 3) must be entirely the work of the team.

    3. Required forms must be submitted to the Regional Scientific Review Committee for approval BEFORE starting experimentation.

    4. Students are required to keep a bound or digital notebook with original and dated entries to record each step taking in the development of the project.

    5. Students must have a final lab report, complete with works cited. This should include all the steps of the scientific method or the engineering design process.

    6. Students must have a visual display prepared for presentation at the Fair. Consult the manual for restrictions on materials for the Fair presentation and venue.

    Pre-Approvals and Forms

    To participate in the regional or state fair for 6-8th grade students, please note that MSEF fairs have rules that include getting pre-approval BEFORE starting experimentation in certain categories of research, and completing a number of forms, including a research plan that is required for ALL projects. This MSEF Forms Checklist provides details and links to the forms needed and directions for submitting for approval. Form 1A and 1B includes the research plan and permissions for all projects. This research plan encourages students to think through their project carefully, including any potential risks. Additional forms may be needed if human participants and/or additional supervision is needed. Forms must be submitted by March 1st or before experimentation. More details can be found in the MSEF Middle School Manual.


    Make sure to check out all the resources that the state fair website makes available online while planning your project.

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