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What are the benefits of your child engaging in an active research project? Of course, the best reason to do a research project is that your child will learn to care about what they are testing. Since they are going to choose something that already means a lot to them, or are already interested in, they will enjoy learning more about it. In case you need more convincing, though: Last year, we gave over 700 prizes and awards to students from across Southern Arizona — including cash awards ranging from $25 to $500 for 650 of the top K‐12 students.
We also awarded all-expenses paid trips college scholarships!
With your busy schedule, you may wonder if you can fit in another activity – for you or your child! You may be interested to know that a science fair project is one of the best learning experiences a child can undertake — and gives wonderful bonding time for parents. If competition is taken seriously, it can be an excellent way to earn significant prizes, qualify for scholarships and distinguish a college application.
Savvy students, especially those who start young, work their way up to higher levels of competition, and learn even more about communication skills. They learn the importance of selecting topics and fine-tuning their presentations in ways that will make them most likely to impress science fair judges. And middle school students who successfully competed at the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair won free trips to New York City and Washington, D.C. to participate in other contests. They included the American Museum of Natural History “Young Naturalist Awards” (YNA), and Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars.)
Colleges want to see what students have done with the opportunities available, and science competitions are a fantastic opportunity. Many of the students who have won at SARSEF went on to paid positions at the University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Research Program. And, typically, 2-4 percent of science fair entrants at the high school level move on to the top level of science fair competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) — which attracts colleges from all over the globe.
Most students start by creating and entering projects at their school science fair, but in many cases, students can enter that same project in fairs at the city or county level. This is the first step in competitions that lead up to the international level, where prizes total over $3 million, and the top winners take home $75,000 scholarships.
From SARSEF Fair, top high school projects move on each year as finalists, and top middle school projects are selected as observers to attend ISEF, which is held in a different city each year.
Students from across the globe attend these week-long events, and the results have been amazing. Students who attend these events can win bigger prizes and trips. One student won more than $263,045 in prizes and scholarships, plus four trips to ISEF and China because of her science projects.
And colleges love students who already know how to conduct research.
If you start now, you can make sure that your child has the opportunity of a lifetime.