Join us for an upcoming info meeting in your area to find out how your child can step outside of their comfort zone at EXPLO this summer.

Because many families are still deciding how to make this upcoming summer meaningful for their child, We have been asked to host an additional info meeting in Sharon, MA on April 21, 2018!

If you are interested in visiting the campus of a prospective program to get a better feel for the on-campus experience, we also have additional meeting at the end of April and early May.

Sharon, MA Info Meeting
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
This info meeting will cover all EXPLO programs on each campus

Wheaton College On-Campus Info Meeting

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
This info meeting will ONLY cover programs on the Wheaton College campus

  • EXPLO at Wheaton (grades 4+5, 6+7)
  • EXPLO Mini (grades 2+3, 4+5, 6+7)
  • Focus: Emergency Medicine, Veterinary Science (grades 6+7); Bioengineering for Girls (grades 9-11)

Wellesley College On-Campus Info Meeting
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
This info meeting will ONLY cover programs on the Wellesley College campus

  • EXPLO at Wellesley (grades 8+9)
  • Focus: Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, Startup Entrepreneurship, Medical Rounds, Culinary Arts (grades 8-10)

Yale University On-Campus Info Meeting
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
This info meeting will ONLY cover programs on the Yale University campus

  • EXPLO at Yale (grades 10-12)
  • Focus: Foreign Affairs, Psychology + Neuroscience, Future of Medicine, Sports Management (grades 11+12)


If you are unable to attend these info meetings, EXPLO will be hosting a virtual live-session info meeting for prospective and enrolled families interested in EXPLO's day program opportunities on April 26, at 6:00 p.m. This Q+A is a great way to learn more about our bus service options, extended day and optional weekend trips, our healthy dining opportunities, and, unlike other programs, your student overnight options.

Virtual Livestream: Day Program Q+A
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

We hope to see you at our info meeting. If you can’t make it, but still have questions about EXPLO, our Admission Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET, and we would love to share our insights about EXPLO with you and your family. Contact us directly at summer@explo.org, call us at 781.762.7400. or schedule a call with someone from our admission team to learn more.

Direct from School Project Entry to MSSEF

Did you know that you can send additional students to the statewide high school science fair at MIT at no cost?

Here’s How!

All high schools in Massachusetts may send up to two projects (as space allows) -- either individual or team projects -- to the State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF). These projects are known as  Direct Entry projects (DE).

Special Note: DE projects are in addition to any others by students from your school that placed high enough in your regional fair, and therefore received an invitation to move up to the MA State Science & Engineering Fair competition at MIT.

It is your choice which Direct Entry projects you select to participate. However, MSSEF recommends you collaborate with your “science fair coordinator” to determine which projects would be most appropriate and which students would benefit the most. 

There is no cost to your school or to your students.

To meet registration criteria, students must have followed the guidelines, rules, regulations and have had their research plans approved before they began experimentation.  

For complete information:   http://scifair.com/state-fairs/high-school-fair/high-school-manual-forms

If you have students who would like to participate, please send all information to your regional director immediately following your regional fair, but no later than March 15th Contact information can be found here:  http://scifair.com/regional-fairs/

MSSEF will send an invitation to your students who qualify, and they will need to be State approved by the State SRC using our online system, and then register for the Fair.


High School Summer Pre-College Program

Frontiers is a 2 week residential summer program for rising juniors and seniors to explore a multitude of disciplines in STEM with current laboratory techniques and exploring unsolved problems. Students will be utilizing state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and enjoy added activities such as evening workshops, field trips, movies, live performances, and tournaments. Applications are open! Learn more and apply...

Student 3D Printing Challenge and Fab Lab Expo

Thursday, May 3; 9 am - 2 pm at WPI
Secondary students from across New England are challenged to invent, innovate or improve something by re-engineering it to be printed in 3D in the annual Extreme Redesign Challenge. In tandem with the competition is Dig it. Fab it. Make it., a complimentary Fab Lab and Makerspace Expo for STEM Education, featuring hands-on digital fabrication learning labs, a round table discussion, and Q&A with academic STEM trailblazers.Learn more and register...



Three Easy Online Steps for Your Students

MSSEF's Science & Engineering Fair Online System (SEFOS) is open for all high school students who plan to participate in any Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair for the 2017- 2018 school year. All students must first apply for approval of their research plans prior to beginning any experimentation.

It's easy!!! 

SEFOS will guide students step-by-step through the process, and the required research forms will automatically be generated based on data provided by the students. SEFOS eliminates the "guessing game"!   

Accessing SEFOS - Preferred Browser is Chrome

Students simply go to this link Science & Engineering Fair Online System (SEFOS).

Teachers: Please forward this link to your students. This link can also be found on our website at http://scifair.com/state-fairs/high-school-fair/how-to-enter-the-high-school-fair/

Three Easy Online Steps for Your Students!

 Step 1

Create or Update a Personal Account and Profile in SEFOS

  • New Students First-time students must create a Student Account and personal Profile. When completed, student must return to his/her home page, and in the right margin click on Create/Join a Project.
  • Returning Students Important to Qualify for Prizes! Be sure that your personal information, including your grade level, is up to date. Your data may impact the award you might receive, i.e., whether you meet eligibility criteria; including but not limited to your grade, proximity to internship sites and interest in colleges, to name a few. If your information is not correct, a prize could be withdrawn and none would replace it. When completed, student must return to his/her home page, and in the right margin click on Create/Join a Project
  • Team Projects All members of team projects must also either create or update their Student Profile as a first step. The Team Leader must then create their 2017 Project, and then provide a code from SEFOS for the team members to log into their own accounts and join the project. (Each team member must first have a Student Account and Profile before they can join the team project.)

    In all cases, SEFOS will allow students to reset passwords.

Step 2

Research Plan Approval & Forms 

Based on the information that students provide in their 2018 Project description, SEFOS generates the required PDF forms for students to download and print, and then obtain required signatures from teachers and mentors. SEFOS will auto-fill relevant information into the PDF form(s)! Students need to check the pre-filled information, complete the downloaded forms, obtain required signatures, and then log back into their accounts to upload their completed forms. Be sure to keep in your possession a scan or a jpg file of each form you have filled out.

All uploaded forms are reviewed by the Regional Science Fairs' Scientific Review Committees. Find the Regional Science Fair for your school.

Through SEFOS, by email, students will be notified whether their project will require pre-approval. For projects that do not require pre-approval (as determined by the SRC Review Committee) of their research plan, the student may begin his/her project immediately. For students whose projects do require pre-approval, they must first receive notification from the Regional SRC Review Committee that they may begin experimentation; otherwise they will be disqualified from the science fair competition.

Step 3

State Science & Engineering Fair Registration

MSSEF will send out notification to eligible students when the online registration system (SEFOS) opens for the State Science & Engineering Fair. The opening date will be in early March. Students must log into their existing SEFOS accounts to register for the State Fair. Direct entries must notify their regional director if they want to register for MSSEF.

To learn more about the two ways that your students can qualify for and enter the MSSEF Science Fairs, click here.

If you have any questions, need more information, or require assistance, please contact  sefos@scifair.com.

 Please share this information with your students and with all of the science and technology teachers in your district whose students will be working on independent research/innovation projects this year.