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2021 SARSEF Fair
The 2021 Regional SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair will be held virtually March 1st-6th, 2021.
January 20, 2021 – SARSEF Fair Registration Opens
February 21, 2021 – SARSEF Fair Registration Closes
March 1-6, 2021 – SARSEF Fair 2021
Monday, 3/1 – Elementary School Interviews and Judging
- 1:00p-4:00p – 5th Grade Interviews (optional)
- 2:00p-3:00p – 4th Grade Interviews (optional)
- 3:00p-4:00p – PreK-3rd Grade Interviews (optional)
Tuesday, 3/2 – Middle School Interviews and Judging
- 9:30a-10:30a – 6th Grade Interviews (optional)
- 10:30a-11:30a – 7th Grade Interviews (optional)
- 11:30a-12:30p – 8th Grade Interviews (optional)
Wednesday, 3/3 – High School Interviews and Judging
- 9:00a-11:00a – HS Interviews for Animal Science, Biochemical Science and Bioengineering, Cellular and Molecular Biology
- 11:00a-2:00p – HS Interviews for Behavioral and Social Science, Earth and Environmental Science
- 1:00p-3:00p – HS Interviews for Chemical and Material Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Thursday, 3/4 – High School Interviews and Judging
- 9:00a-11:00a – HS Interviews for Energy and Environmental Engineering, Microbiology
- 11:00a-2:00p – HS Interviews for Health and Biomedical Science, Plant Science
- 1:00p-3:00p – HS Interviews for Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics, Robotics and Computer Science
Friday, 3/5 – Public Viewing Day, Future Innovators Day
Saturday, 3/6 – Live-streaming Awards Ceremonies, Time TBA
March 15, 2021 – Award and Trophy Pick-up Begins at SARSEF Office
What can I expect at the Virtual SARSEF Fair?
- Student projects will be presented on a SARSEF Fair website that will include a virtual exhibit hall and main stage for a live award ceremony broadcast.
- Project judging will occur virtually using the same SARSEF Fair criteria as in the past. Grand Awards and Sponsored Awards will be given as usual.
- School allocations will remain the same as the 2020 SARSEF Fair.
- Interviews at the High School level will be required as usual and will occur virtually.
- Middle School students are also highly encouraged to do interviews.
- If they desire, Elementary School students will also have an opportunity to be interviewed.
- Finalists will compete for over $100,000 of cash and prizes, including scholarships and trips.
- Due to the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the $10 project registration fee will be optional. SARSEF is seeking a generous sponsor willing to cover all project registration fees.
Virtual Project Presentation Requirements:
- Project Presentations must be a single PDF document with a maximum of 15 pages (up to 25 if including pages from a lab journal/notebook). This can be created through Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or a word-processing application. Students will not create a physical project board for the regional SARSEF Fair.
- First page should be a Title Page(ES/MS)/Quad Chart(HS). Other pages should include Research Question & Hypothesis/Prediction, Introduction, Procedures, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
- Page size should be American standard 8½”X11” and created in landscape orientation.
- The smallest allowable font size of body text is 14 pt. All text should be easily readable. (Please consider this in font choices.) Exception: You may use a smaller font size, down to 10 pt., for figure captions or photo credits.
- All Project Presentation elements must conform to D&S rules as if placed on a physical poster for display to judges and the public. Passing a Display & Safety inspection will be required to compete.
- Project journals/lab notebooks can be completed physically or digitally. (Physical journal pages should be scanned to submit electronically.)
- Digital Lab Notebooks can be as simple as a word document, but here are some templates provided by The STEMAZing Project that you are welcome to use!
- Choose up to 10 pages to include at the end of your Project Presentation (part of the same pdf document) that represent your research and data collection methods well.
- High School students will also be responsible for creating a Quad Chart that should be presented as the the first page of their pdf Project Presentation (in lieu of a Title Page).
- High School students will also be responsible for writing a research paper to submit with their Project Presentation. Please see ISEF’s research paper instructions for this requirement.
- Students may create a video to accompany their project if they desire. There will be a place to provide a YouTube link for any videos they’ve created of them talking about their project. Uploading and creating the YouTube link will be the responsibility of the student. Any videos are completely optional and will not factor into judging. Judges will not see these videos until all judging decisions have been made. Videos will not be available to any viewers until our public viewing day (Friday, March 5th).
- View sample projects (PK-8):