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SARSEF Community STEM Expo

2022 SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair to hold Community STEM Expo Outdoors at Reid Park

On March 5th, from 9:00a-4:30p, SARSEF will host a Community STEM Expo in conjunction with the Awards Ceremonies for the 67th Annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair. All Southern Arizona families are invited to attend. They will engage in hands-on science, mingle with professional scientists and engineers, and celebrate the research conducted by thousands of Arizona students this school year!

This year’s Community STEM Expo is modeled after the “Future Innovators Night” of years past. This beloved event could not be held in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While not feasible to return to a fully in-person Fair Week in 2022, we have maintained virtual project judging and student interviews, but reimagined Future Innovators Night in an outdoor venue, allowing for increased safety and physical distancing. Paired with the Fair Awards Ceremonies, this event has become a celebration of current and future innovators to the fullest degree.    

Join us on March 5th at the Georges DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park for a day of family STEM fun and festivities!

What You Can Expect

  • Dozens of hands-on STEM activities from exhibitors from 9:00a-3:00p
  • The SARSEF Innovators Hall, where attendees can explore student projects from the 2022 Fair
  • SARSEF Science Mart for all of your STEM swag needs
  • Town Hall where any student that has done research this year, teacher, or Fair judge can claim a gift
  • Scavenger Hunt for families to explore the exhibitors and claim a prize upon completion
  • Onstage live entertainment including three awards ceremonies for the Fair
  • Sweet and savory Food Trucks from 11:00a-3:00p
  • Plenty of room for outdoor seating on the grass in front of the amphitheater (bring your own blankets and chairs)

Schedule

  • 9:00a-3:00p STEM exhibitor booths open
  • 10:00a-11:00a Elementary Grand Awards Ceremony
  • 11:15a Stories That Soar
  • 12:00p-1:30p Sponsored Awards Ceremony (all grades)
  • 2:00p Mariachi Salvajes
  • 3:00p-4:30p Middle and High School Grand Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00a-3:00p Food trucks open

Note on COVID-19: We are aware of the continued spread of COVID-19. We have chosen to hold this event outside in the open air to mitigate the spread of infection and allow plenty of room for physical distancing. We highly encouraged all attendees to be fully vaccinated whenever possible. Masks are highly encouraged at this event and required inside the Innovators Hall tent. We will continue to monitor Pima County infection rates and will update our plans for this event accordingly.

Press Release: SARSEF Fair Seeks Judges and Volunteers to Reward and Encourage Students

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January 18, 2022

(Tucson, AZ) Volunteer registration is now open for SARSEF’s 67th annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The 2022 Fair will be a hybrid event with all student projects submitted digitally, celebrated during an outdoor Community STEM Expo and Award Ceremony at Reid Park, on Saturday, March 5th from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Volunteers are needed for both virtual and in-person roles, serving as judges, monitors, and event support. Join us in supporting the innovators, problem solvers, and leaders of tomorrow from the comfort of your own home, or in-person as we transform Reid Park into a STEM wonderland.

For more info on the Fair, visit https://sarsef.org/sarsef-fair/.

“Do you remember a teacher or mentor from your childhood who pointed out that you were good at something? As a volunteer or judge at the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair, you get to be that person encouraging and rewarding students for their hard work in the sciences. Imagine the difference you can make in their lives,” shared Julie Euber, SARSEF CEO and Judging Chair.

For more info on serving as a judge, visit https://sarsef.org/volunteers/judges/.

“I’m honored to volunteer time each year to the SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair and to the organization as a whole. Their focus on developing young scientists through mentoring and teaching the value of the scientific process is critical to a well-rounded educational experience. Mentors and judges are critical to this ongoing work, and I highly encourage scientists from all fields to consider volunteering their time to support their future colleagues,” said Roxana Samaniego, Ph.D., Psychologist and dedicated SARSEF judge.

The 2021 Fair had over 1,000 projects submitted, and judges awarded $117,809 in grand awards and scholarships to 921 students – 71% of all award winners attended a Title I school. Awards are given to students and teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. Judging will take place on different days by grade level February 28 through March 3. Volunteer opportunities are available February 22 through March 5. Time commitments range from a few hours to several days.

For more information on volunteering and to register, visit https://sarsef.org/volunteers/.

Beyond the fair, SARSEF works year-round to ensure all students have the resources and access they need to pursue their own science projects. Students are encouraged to think of a problem in their lives, community or world that they would want to solve, while teachers and parents receive guidance on how to support students’ work.

Media Contact:

Julie Euber, CEO, SARSEF

812-340-8663

julie@sarsef.org