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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.

Western Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair

Student in front of her science fair project display

The Jandon Center for Community Engagement’s STEAM Outreach team is excited to host the 2021 Western Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fairs at Smith College! The High School Fair will be held virtually on Saturday, March 20, 2021, and the Middle School Fair will be held virtually on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Learn more about the vision of this initiative in The Gate and in Smith’s student newspaper, The Sophian.


Important COVID-19 Information

The Western Massachusetts Middle School and High School Science and Engineering Fairs for 2021 will be held virtually. Details will be updated as new information becomes available.

All Students

Due to the pandemic, our 2021 middle and high school fairs will be held virtually. All participants, including teachers, students and judges, will be asked to create an account through our zFairs Platform. The high school and middle school zFairs Platform are available for participant registration. PDF instructions for registering and using zFairs is located on our zFairs homepage under “Important Covid-19 Information” and highlighted in yellow. Note: Teachers must create an account before student accounts can be formed. For both fairs, students will be asked to create a 5-8 minute video overview of their research and upload it to the zFairs site. Details about how to accomplish this, along with scoring rubrics will follow.

NEW this year: We are adding a separate fair category specifically for proposal projects in addition to our traditional completed projects category for those students and teachers who may be interested in conducting preliminary theoretical research but are unable, due to limited resources, to complete the experimental portion of their research during the 2020–21 academic year. Note: Proposal project contestants will NOT be eligible for Regeneron ISEF advancement.

All Adult Sponsors or School Representatives

We are asking interested adult sponsors, including teachers, department chairs, administrators, STEM specialists, home school parents or independent mentors to please complete this simple preliminary Registration Form for proper planning and to ensure that your school and students are registered for the 2021 Fairs. 

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) should be convened at each school where there are students performing human subject projects. There, projects should be reviewed prior to forwarding to SRC. Middle school and high school project guidelines are different, and should be carefully screened by the supervising teacher.

Please honor all deadlines and cutoff dates in order to ensure acceptance into the fair. This includes all forms and/or attachments. 

For High School Students

Please register online through our new zFairs System. Note: Your teacher will have to register first before students are eligible. At the end of the process, the system will tell you which forms you need to submit for SRC review and approval. The high school student manual and forms can be found on the MSEF website.  

High school fair planning dates, including SRC review, registration, paperwork, video submission, judging and awards ceremony are available in the Logistics & Schedule section.

Please honor all deadlines and cutoff dates in order to ensure acceptance into the fair. This includes documents for SRC approval, registration forms and video uploads.

 

Registration information to complete your 2021 high school application will be available soon.

For Middle School Teachers and Students

Please register online through our new zFairs SystemNote: Your teacher will have to register first before students are eligible. A student registration guide can be found on the middle school zFairs site to assist you with registration.

Since we were unable to host our 2020 Western Massachusetts Middle School Science & Engineering Fair this past spring, we will be allowing students to submit their 2020 projects for our 2021 fair, provided their new teacher completes the necessary registration and paperwork.

Middle school fair planning dates, including SRC review, registration, paperwork, video submission, judging and awards ceremony information is available in the Logistics & Schedule section.

Information to complete the 2021 middle school fair registration for students and teachers can be found on our zFairs site.

Volunteer High School Judges

We are recruiting volunteers and judges to assist with both the high school and middle school fairs. 

Volunteers who are interested in judging our high school fair during the week of March 14, 2021, please visit our zFairs Platform and register as a judge. Note: High school judges must be a minimum of a college senior STEM major or have acquired the equivalent STEM-related training or experience. Please contact Deborah Day, chair, at dday@smith.edu with inquiries.

 

Volunteer Middle School Judges

We are recruiting volunteers and judges to assist with both the high school and middle school fairs. 

Volunteers who are interested in judging our middle school fair during the week of April 11, 2021, please visit our zFairs Platform and register as a judge. Note: Minimum requirements for our middle school judges include college students, any major and/or experience in the STEM field. Please contact Deborah Day, chair, at dday@smith.edu with inquiries.


Schedule & Timeline

Middle School Fair

a student project at the science fair

 

Judging will take place the week of April 11 and a virtual awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Important Dates
  • Online zFair Registration Due: Friday, February 12
  • All Registration Forms Due: Monday, March 29
  • Video Submission Due: Friday, April 9 by 3 p.m. EST
  • Fair Awards Day: Saturday, April 17

Details regarding the awards ceremony agenda to follow.

High School Fair

two students talking at science fair

 

Judging will take place the week of March 14 and a virtual awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Important Dates
  • Online zFair Registration Due: Friday, January 22 [Extended deadline, new date]
  • All SRC Forms Due: Friday, January 22
  • All Registration Forms Due: Monday, February 22
  • Video Submissions, Notebook and Research Report Due: Friday, March 12 by 3 p.m. EST
  • Fair Awards Day: Saturday, March 20

Details regarding the awards ceremony agenda to follow.

Resources & Forms

Advisory Board

Deborah Day, STEAM Outreach Coordinator, Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College; Chair, Western MA Science and Engineering Fair: Deborah shares her expertise and passion for research and STEM education as former director of the Amity Science Research Program and chemistry teacher. She currently leads the STEAM Outreach program at Smith, developing new, sustainable experiential programming and providing opportunities for Smithies to partner with a wide variety of community members.

Nancy Zigler, Assistant Director, Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College: Nancy manages operations and contributes to strategic planning and organization of the Jandon Center, including developing new partnerships and projects.

Megan Holm, Smith College STEAM Outreach Fellow: Megan is a Smith College junior from Flagstaff, Arizona. She is a biochemistry major and a member of the Smith crew team.

Emma Tierney, Smith College STEAM Outreach Fellow: Emma is a junior from Philadelphia, majoring in anthropology and minoring in chemistry. Emma enjoys training service dogs.

Hannah Rappaport: Hannah is a Smith College junior from Orange, Connecticut. She is studying biology and art.

Erika Hayashigatani, Smith College STRIDE Fellow: Erika is a Smith College first-year from Roseville, California. She is a prospective environmental science and policy major.

Elisabeth Sinclair, Smith College STEAM Fellow: Elisabeth is a junior from Tampa, Florida. She is a government major and is also taking the environmental concentration. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law after graduation.

Vivien Qiao, Smith College STEAM Fellow: Vivien is a sophomore from Andover, Massachusetts. She is majoring in biochemistry and engineering and working toward becoming a physician. She is part of the Smith equestrian team and enjoys working with kids.

Helen Glover: Helen is a Smith College first - year student from Fairfield, CT. She plans to major in environmental science and pursue a career in environmental policy. She and her family run a certified organic farm & garden.

Jon Tyler, Chair, Scientific Review Committee, Western MA Science and Engineering Fair: Jon has taught AP chemistry at Westfield High School for more than 20 years. He is a member of the MSEF High School Committee and has chaperoned the Massachusetts delegation to the International Science and Engineering Fair for several years.

Shannon Zayac: Shannon works in workforce development at Berkshire Workforce Board and is an adjunct professor of biology at Berkshire Community College. She is a member of the MSEF High School Committee and traveled with the Massachusetts delegation to the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2019.

Joy Erickson: Joy is the director of the CT-JSHS program for the state of Connecticut. She is a retired faculty member from the University of Connecticut and lives part-time in western Massachusetts. After 30 years of research and working as program coordinator for the NSF LSAMP program, campus director for NASA Space Grant, director of Middle School Science Bowl, UConn Science Wizards and co-coordinator of the Bridge to the Doctorate Program, she has decided to get involved with STEM where she now calls home.

Lauren Figy: Lauren is the supervisor of science, technology and engineering for Westfield Public Schools. She supervises the Westfield Public Schools Science and Engineering Fair with the help of the employees at both Westfield high schools.

Estelle Ann Fanucci: Estelle is the retired science department chairperson for Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut. As chairperson, she supervised the establishment of Amity’s Science Research Program. She remains active in STEM and serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut STEM Foundation Inc. She established and is the chair for the Connecticut STEM Foundation Inc. Scholarship Program.

Madeleine DelVicario, Experiential Learning Coordinator, Jandon Center: Maddie comes to the Jandon Center with a background in Middle and High School math and science education. At the Jandon Center, she focuses on connecting students, faculty, and staff with more opportunities for experiential and community-engaged learning and research.

Contact

STEAM Outreach

Jandon Center for Community Engagement
Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3932
Email: dday@smith.edu

Deborah A. Day: STEAM Outreach Coordinator & Chair, Western MA Science & Engineering Fair