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Western Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair

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The Jandon Center for Community Engagement’s STEAM Outreach team is excited to host the 2020 Western Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair at Smith College! The High School Fair will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and the Middle School Fair on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Learn more about the vision of this initiative in Smith’s independent student-run newspaper The Sophian.

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Welcome to the Western MA Science & Engineering Fair, bringing together some of Western Massachusetts’ most promising middle and high school students!

The following information will help you properly register and obtain approval for your project. Please review the specific details for high school and middle school registration and projects.

High School Students: Please submit your projects via the online SEFOS system. At the end of the process, the system will tell you which forms you need to submit to your teacher and the Western MA Science and Engineering Fair. High School student manual and forms can be found on the MSEF website.

Middle School Students: Your project details will be submitted via the MS REGISTRATION FORM mailed directly by US Post (mailing address located on forms) or emailed to dday@smith.edu by your teacher. School teachers/coordinators are urged to send all entries/forms together in the same envelope or PDF email document. More information, including the Middle School manual and forms can be found on the MSEF website.

ALL Students: All students must maintain an original scientific notebook throughout their project design, experimentation, data collection and analysis which must accompany them, in addition to their trifold poster, at the fair. Content and information in the notebook is expected to be original entries and not rewritten or typed. NOTE: Ten points are deducted for students without original notebooks.

ALL Schools: 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.

ALL: We ask that you please honor all deadlines and cut-off dates in order to ensure acceptance into the fair. This includes all forms and/or attachments, so please plan accordingly. Consult the FAIR INFORMATION DOCUMENT for details regarding deadlines.

Contact: Deborah Day, Chair, Western MA Science and Engineering Fair at dday@smith.edu with questions.


Logistics & Schedule

Important Western MA 2020 Dates

Middle School Fair—Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • Research Plan Forms: January 13
  • Regional Registration Forms: February 17
  • Fair Day: April 4
High School Fair—Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Online SRC Application: January 6
  • Copies of Signed SRC Paperwork (if required): January 6
  • Regional Registration Forms: February 8
  • Fair Day: March 7

Other Notable Dates

MSEF High School Fair
May 1 & 2, 2020, MIT

MSEF Middle School Fair 
May 16, 2020, Worcester Tech High School

International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF)
May 10-15, 2020, Anaheim, CA

Visiting Smith

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High School Fair Schedule 

8–9 a.m.—Student & Judge Registration (Conference Center)

Breakfast; Project Set Up; Judge Orientation

9 a.m.–noon—Project Judging (Paradise Room)

Noon–12:30 p.m.—Lunch (Atrium, Art Museum; Oak Room)

12:30–1:30 p.m.—Public Viewing (Posters only)

12:30–2:30 p.m.—Student Activities (Campus locations TBD)

2:30–3 p.m.—Campus walking tour 

3–4 p.m.—Award Ceremony (Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall)

 

Tentative schedule posted 01/02/20

Middle School Fair Schedule 

8–9 a.m.—Student & Judge Registration (Carroll Rm, Campus Center)

Breakfast; Project Set Up; Judge Orientation (Campus Center Rm 103 & 104)

9 a.m.–noon—Project Judging (Carroll Room)

Noon–12:30 p.m.—Lunch (Conference Center, Oak Room)

12:30–1:30 p.m.—Public Viewing (Posters only)

12:30–2:30 p.m.—Student Activities (Conference Center Paradise Rm, Oak Rm)

2:30–3 p.m.—Campus walking tour 

3–4 p.m.—Award Ceremony (Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall)

Tentative schedule posted 01/02/20

Become a Volunteer or Judge

Become a Fair Day Volunteer or Judge! We are recruiting volunteers and judges to assist with both the high school and middle school fairs. Volunteers need not be STEM specific majors, however, high school judges must have a 4-year STEM degree or equivalent (this includes college seniors). Middle school judges can be ANY year STEM concentration or experience in STEM fields. 
Please complete the volunteer interest survey or contact Deborah Day for more information.

VOLUNTEER INTEREST SURVEY

Resources & Forms

Advisory Board

Headshot of Deborah Day
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.

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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.

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Megan Holm, Smith College STEAM Outreach Fellow: Megan is a Smith sophomore from Flagstaff, Arizona. She is a prospective biochemistry major.

 

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Tracy Rompich, Smith College STEAM Outreach Fellow: Tracy is a junior at Smith and is from Central Falls, Rhode Island. She is studying chemistry and psychology and has been working with STEAM Outreach since her first year at Smith.

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Emma Tierney, Smith College STEAM Outreach Fellow: Emma is a sophomore from Philadelphia, majoring in anthropology and minoring in chemistry. She volunteers with STEAM and trains service dogs, currently working with Opal, a 1-year-old black lab.

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

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Jennifer A. Hanselman, Ph.D.: Jennifer serves as the dean of the College of Mathematics and Sciences at Westfield State University and as regional manager for the Pioneer Valley STEM Network.

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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.

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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 last year.

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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  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.

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Lauren Figy: Lauren is the supervisor of science, technology and engineering for Westfield Public Schools. In her role, she supervises the Westfield Public Schools Science and Engineering Fair with the help of the faculty and staff at both Westfield high schools.


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