Science in the Real World

Scientific curiosity starts in the classroom, then travels to places in the natural world where the processes of biology, chemistry and physics occur. From woodland expeditions to mountain excursions to ocean voyages, our students study science where it happens. 

Falmouth Academy regularly wins more first-place prizes than any other public or private school of its size in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology State Science Fair Competition."   - The Boston Globe


Our proximity to world-renowned scientific institutions creates unique opportunities for our students.  We place several students each year as interns in laboratories at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  A number of professional scientists also mentor students on their independent research projects.

The Falmouth Academy Science Fair, now in its 30th year, is unique and draws over one hundred local scientists to judge student research. Every year, Falmouth Academy students advance to regional science and engineering fairs.  The extraordinary results speak for themselves:

  • 11 semifinalists and 3 finalists in national research-based, high school science competitions, including Intel, Siemens, and Westinghouse.
  • 16 invitations and 14 awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair, most recently in 2017.
  • Top prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) at the MA State Science and Engineering Fair at MIT.
  • A Falmouth Academy junior was named the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award Winner at the 2016 Google International Science Fair.
  • 8 students have published scientific research in scholarly journals while attending Falmouth Academy.