Resources for Middle School Educators

Are you a middle school educator interested in supporting your students in scientific research, and/or applying to the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (JIC)? Read through our educational resources, tips, and professional development opportunities for educators below.




Educational Resources for STEM Classrooms

We encourage you to use this collection of educational resources with your class. Follow the suggested order of the resources or tailor your students’ adventure by selecting one or two of the resources that relate most to your goals.

Supporting nominees through the application cycle


The Thermo Fisher JIC is the nation’s premier STEM research competition for middle school students. Society affiliated science & engineering fairs are provided the opportunity to nominate the top 10% of 6th, 7th and 8th grade student participants for this national competition through their judging procedures. Nominees then need to complete an online application for a chance to compete at the national level. To learn more about Thermo Fisher JIC and what students can win just by entering, click here.

Affiliating your fair

You can find a Society-affiliated fair in your area by visiting this website

If there is no affiliated fair in your area, or it does not host middle schoolers, find out how you can affiliate your school’s fair here

Outreach and Equity Programs