Drawing more than 300 young competitors from across Massachusetts, the science fair was held Saturday, June 3, at Worcester Technical High School. The quality and caliber of the individual and group projects they conducted were such that the judges had their work cut out for them to select the winners.
“No other organization had more volunteers than ours,” said Sandra Mayrand, director of the Regional Science Resource Center (RSRC) at UMMS. The RSRC provides administrative facilities and services for the fair, just one of the numerous K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education and outreach initiatives it supports.
First held in 1999, the Massachusetts Middle School Science and Engineering Fair is a forum for students in grades six through eight to explore real-world science and engineering discovery through hands-on experience. Students also learn about the many exciting and emerging career opportunities in science and technology, and build valuable life skills, from reading, writing and math to communications, teamwork and design.
Representing UMMS and UMass Memorial as statewide middle school science fair judges were: