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Photos Now Available!  They’re ready! We are excited to let you know that your SARSEF 2015 pictures are ready for you to view. You can find them here:  All you need to do is enter your email and the password: science rocks  Please share this email with any family and friends who joined you in celebrating all the hard work, as well as those who were unable able to make it.  Feel free to contact Michele McClellan Owner/ Photographer of Memories That Last Performance Photography.  email:

DId you Meet Your Future By Visiting SARSEF?  Ever wonder who will be the engineer that invents the latest device that makes life easier in ten years? Or the doctor who will soon be taking care of you? Many of you met them this past week at SARSEF. 75,000 students in Kindergarten through high school completed their research projects in order to be considered for SARSEF’s Fair this week – March 9-14, 2015. The top 1,906 projects representing over 5,044 students were at the Tucson Convention Center presenting their research. They were judged by 425 professionals in the community representing all areas of science and engineering and assisted by hundreds of volunteers. Over $125,000 in prizes, trips and scholarships were awarded!


SARSEF invited the community to see what the top Kindergarten through High School students from throughout Southern Arizona are researching. The youngest researchers investigate such problems as what caterpillars like to eat, puzzle about the planets, and whether your pet has a paw preference. Older students are investigating such important issues as the antibacterial effect of creosote tea, energy saving power sources and how to help children with autism.


The Science AIMS scores for schools that participated in SARSEF were higher than the average scores of others in the state at all tested levels!  Over the years, SARSEF winners have gone on to compete at national and international science and engineering events, and have become expert critical thinkers, talented scholars and world-class scientists.

Students Took the 2015 SARSEF Challenge:  They Chose a Science Project That Helps Our Community

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, SARSEF awarded THIRTY additional prizes for projects that address a challenge faced by our community.  Many students chose a project that explored a solution!  We asked them to:

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 wanted STUDENTS to be a part of the solution to the most pressing problems in our community this year.  We can all help make the next 60 years 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