How To Enter
The Region IV Massachusetts State Science Fair is open to students in grades 9-12 in any public, private, parochial, or charter school in Northeastern Massachusetts (most of Middlesex and Essex counties). The Registration fee of $125 will allow up to 5 students to be submitted from each school (more may be submitted for an extra fee of $30 per student). Students must enter through their schools but the school does not have to have a science fair for students to participate.

Registration is a three (3) step process which includes completing the following ...

  1. School Registration Form
  2. Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair Forms
  3. Online Project Registration
1. School Registration Form [download] Please mail payment no later than December 31st.
By completing the School Registration Form and enclosing a check for $125, your school can register as many as five students for the Region IV Science Fair. In an effort to accommodate those schools wanting to send more than five students, a nonrefundable fee of $30 is required for each additional student. Note: team projects may have two or three students @ $30 each. For schools requesting more than 15 total students, please contact Joe Tarello at jtarello@k12.somerville.ma.us to make arrangements. The fee will cover the cost of lunch, participation certificate, gift, display table and set-up. If possible, please send the School Registration Form to us by December 31. Registrations received after January 1 must be assessed a $25 late fee. If any of the faculty at your school are interested in judging at the Region IV Science Fair, please have them register online. Judging will take place Saturday morning of the fair, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM followed by lunch.

2. MSSEF State Forms [link to download forms]: complete prior to experimentation.  Any project that needs prior approval must submit forms to Region IV no later than January 15th.  Exhibitors must complete the MSSEF forms prior to beginning their Research Project.  This is a basic requirement mandated by the State Science Fair Committee and no registration exceptions can be made.  ALL REQUIRED FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED ON THE INTERNET HERE or at www.scifair.com. These forms must be dated and signed by the proper science department official of your school prior to the start of the research. Please attach a RegionIV SRC Cover Sheet to and submit to

Massachusetts State Science Fair Region IV
SRC Committee; Attn: Chris Angelli
Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

All entries MUST submit the following:
1.) Form 1A “Research Plan & Attachment” (either Individual or Team)
2.) Form 1B “Approval Form”
3.) Form 1 “Safety Checklist”.  
4.) Forms 1C –  7 may also be required according to the type of project selected.
5.) Project Abstract

For certain projects dealing with restricted areas, additional Consent Forms may be required and MUST be SUBMITTED to Region IV for prior approval before testing begins, no later than January 15th. Please review the Consent Form Checklist to determine which 1C - 7 forms must be completed. It is imperative that teachers and students view the Massachusetts State Science Fair Website at www.scifair.com periodically for any changes in procedures. No project involving vertebrate animal experimentation will be allowed into the Region IV Science Fair even if performed at a research institution without specific approval and documentation from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

**Copies of all MSSEF forms must also be presented at the Region IV Fair**

All State research and State registration forms or questions should be sent to Chris Angelli at the above address.

3. Online Project Registration [go to online registration] : must be submitted no later than March 1.
After your school has paid for students to come to the fair, now it is time to tell us which students and which projects they are. Online Project Registration must be completed by students with the assistance of their teachers.  A valid teacher email address is required for registration. Please fill out all information correctly, as this information is what is used in the Science Fair Program and Certificates. For questions regarding Online Registration, please contact Mike Maloney at regionIVscifair@gmail.com.

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Christopher Angelli,
Nov 28, 2011, 12:49 PM