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SARSEF 2016 Dates and Change in Format

1We know many of you will soon be working on your calendar for next year, so we wanted to get you our new dates and format as soon as possible.  SARSEF will take place earlier, March 2nd-5th, 2016 next year…and we are changing things up!  Watch for your usual activities to be on different days of the week!

  • Registration will still be the same – Feb. 20th, 2016.
  • Project Check-in will be Wednesday March 2nd, from noon to 8:00 PM. We hope this will make it easier for you to prepare projects by having two days with the students prior to set-up day, and, because it is early dismissal, it may give you or your students more time to bring down projects.
  • Judging Day will be Thursday March 3rd.  Judges arrive at 7:30AM.  Student interview times may change however, for now, Middle School: 11:30-12:30, High School: 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
  • Field Trip Day is Friday, March 4th, all day.
  • Future Innovator’s Night will now be Friday Night, March 4th, 5:30 to 8:00 PM
  • ALL Awards Ceremonies will be on the same day, Saturday March 5 (at two, different times –  TBA)  We hope this will let more parents and students participate.
  • Project Pick-up will also be Saturday March 5th.  By popular demand we have changed our procedure and projects now SHOULD be taken home immediately following the Ceremony.  Project Pickup hours have now been extended: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Thank you for being one of the 75,000 students that were a part of SARSEF this past year. You make it possible for us to award over $125,000 in prizes, trips and scholarships. We hope you will participate again next year.  We promise to be even better!  And remember  – if you know of a school that needs help getting started or want to schedule your own Educational Outreach, contact us soon to reserve dates before the calendar fills up.  Have a great summer full of science and fun!

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Fun Facts About SARSEF 2015  SARSEF is all about diversity and it shows in our data. This year, through SARSEF’s free, Educational Outreach program, 30,747 underrepresented students in 136 schools in areas of poverty were served in an effort to even the playing field for students in STEM. And the results? 50.4% of the schools that participated in SARSEF were Title I schools in areas of poverty making their representation even more special. 1,174 (57.1%) of the SARSEF
participants were female and 879 (42.8 %) male. At the HS level there are more than twice as many girls as boys (214 females and 102 males). Over 50% of the students were minority or more than one ethnicity.  170 top schools across Southern Arizona were represented throughout the 45,000 square miles we serve, from Yuma to Casa Grande, Nogales to Florence. Students from all types of schools were welcomed: from Public Schools, Charter and Private and from Home SchoolsThank You From SARSEF!

Just when we think SARSEF can’t get any better, it does, thanks to YOU!  For 60 years, SARSEF has counted on all of you to provide a high-quality experience for all of Southern Arizona’s students. This year, thanks to you, SARSEF had over 75,000 students participating at their local level to be one of the final 1,906 projects, representing 5,062 students that were selected for this record setting year. The projects were viewed by over 6,000 visitors at the Tucson Convention Center the week of March 9-14, 2015. SARSEF filled THREE of these Exhibit Halls at the Tucson Convention Center equalling a space the size of a football field of projects!  By the end of the week, the students earned 954 awards: 578 Grand Awards (presented to the top 15% in each grade), 376 Special Awards (presented by organizations and companies that care about students in STEM), and 18 scholarships. This totaled over $125,000 in trips, scholarships, cash prizes ranging from $25 to $2000, and awards such as Summer camps, college internships, Shadowing Days, and memberships. Making this all happen were 684 Volunteers: 411 judges (298 Grand and 113 Sponsored/Special), 208 General Volunteers, and 75 Exhibitors. In addition, a record number of 732 teachers and Fair Directors participated, giving of their own times and energy to help the students participate, not to mention the thousands of wonderful and supportive parents, grandparents, mentors, and friends behind each project. THANK YOU!

Take the 2016 SARSEF Community Challenge:  Choose a Science Project That Helps Our Community

This challenge was such as success last year, we had to do it again!

SARSEF will be awarding additional prizes for projects that address a challenge faced by our community.  Choose a project that explored a solution!

Environment: Help preserve the environment for the future of the species that share it with us. Find ways to use our natural resources more efficiently. Discover ways to fight pollution.

Health and Medicine: Explore nutrition, snacking and the effects of exercise. Work in a lab to advance research on diseases.

Elder Care: Worry about your grandparents? See what they could do to improve the quality of their grandparents’ lives. Ask about their traditional ways of handling problems and test them against modern ones.

Disabilities:  Be concerned about someone who struggles with their disability. Invent a device that makes their life easier!

Animal Welfare:  Choose a project that helps pets live happier lives!

Poverty: Reduce the struggles that so many of our citizens struggle with due to poverty. Explore ways to make lives a little better in some way.

Education: Have ideas to make learning more fun, easier or less expensive. Test them out!

SARSEF wants STUDENTS to be a part of the solution to the most pressing problems in our community this year.  We can all help make the future AMAZING!

Please read the SARSEF sections under the Student icons above or the FAQ section to find out more and then if you still have questions, please contact us.

Empowering Southern Arizona's K-12 students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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