2021 SARSEF Fair

The 2021 Regional SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair will be held virtually March 1st-6th, 2021. 

 

Important Dates

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-2:00p – 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

  • 10:00a-11:00a – Elementary (PreK-5th) Grand Awards Ceremony- Find out if you won a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place and who the TOP Elementary school is!
  • 12:00p-2:00p – Sponsored Awards Ceremony for ALL GRADES
  • 3:00p-4:30p – Middle and High School Grand Awards Ceremony- Find out if you won a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, who wins the top scholarships and trips, and who the TOP Schools are!

Awards and Trophies will be delivered by SARSEF Staff to each school throughout the following weeks.

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 via Zoom.
  • Middle School students are also highly encouraged to do interviews via Zoom.
  • If they desire, Elementary School students will also have an opportunity to be interviewed via Zoom. 
  • 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. 

Virtual Project Presentation Requirements

Elementary/Middle School

Download the Elementary/Middle School Project Checklist

REQUIRED OF ALL PARTICIPANTS:

  1. SRC Forms
    • Required only if your project involves human subjects, animals, human or animal tissue, hazardous substances, devices or activities or potential pathogens. Download and use the following forms if needed: GrK-8 SRC Approval FormInformed Consent K-8
  2. Single slide deck, PDF document; maximum of 15 pages. (10MB Maximum)
    • Create in Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or a word-processing application, then export as a PDF.
    • Page size 8½”X11” and created in landscape orientation
    • Minimum text font size:14 pt. Figure captions or photo credits may be smaller; no less than size 10 pt.
    • No links or hyperlinks allowed
    • The number of slides per section is up to the discretion of the student. The first slide must be a title slide.
    • Order of slide deck:
      • First slide: Title Slide
      • Background information & rationale
      • Research Question & Hypothesis/Prediction
      • Procedures/Methods
      • Results
      • Discussion
      • Conclusion
      • References

OPTIONAL MATERIALS:

  1. 10 pages of digital or scanned project journal/lab notebooks; added to the end of slide deck and saved as a PDF. If included, final PDF can be up to 25 pages.
  2. 2-minute YouTube video explaining the project. This will be accessible only public viewing day only (Friday March 5)
  3. Research paper (2MB Maximum)

Note: All Project Presentation elements must conform to D&S rules. Passing a Display & Safety inspection will be required to compete.

EXAMPLES:

  1. Virtual Science Project 
  2. Virtual Engineering Class Project 
  3. PQRST Science Journal – Virtual Edition,
  4. IDEAS Engineering Journal – Virtual Edition

High School

Download the High School Project Checklist

REQUIRED OF ALL PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Upload ISEF Forms    https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/forms/ (1MB Maximum)
    • All projects require Form 1, Form 1A and Form 1B     
    • Form 1C (Necessary if student worked with a mentor, form to be filled out and signed by mentor after project is completed)
    • Additional forms as required for specific project
  2.  Research plan or full paper ISEF research plan (2MB Maximum)
    • Required only if your project involves human subjects, animals, human or animal tissue, hazardous substances, devices or activities or potential pathogens. Download and use the following forms if needed: GrK-8 SRC Approval FormInformed Consent K-8
  3. Single slide deck, PDF document; maximum of 15 pages. (10MB Maximum)
    • Create in Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or a word-processing application, then export as a PDF.
    • Page size 8½”X11” and created in landscape orientation
    • Minimum text font size:14 pt. Figure captions or photo credits may be smaller; no less than size 10 pt.
    • No links or hyperlinks allowed
    • The number of slides per section is up to the discretion of the student, except the first slide must be the Quad Chart. No title slide!
    • Order of slide deck:
      • First slide: Quad Chart
      • Background information & rationale
      • Research Question & Hypothesis/Prediction
      • Procedures/Methods
      • Results
      • Discussion
      • Conclusion
      • References

OPTIONAL MATERIALS:

  1. 10 pages of digital or scanned project journal/lab notebooks; added to the end of slide deck and saved as a PDF. If included, final PDF can be up to 25 pages.
  2. 2-minute YouTube video explaining the project. This will be accessible only public viewing day only (Friday March 5)

Note: All Project Presentation elements must conform to D&S rules. Passing a Display & Safety inspection will be required to compete.

EXAMPLES:

  1. Example of QUAD CHART,
  2. Example of Project Presentation
  3. Another Example of Project Presentation

Other questions? Write to director@sarsef.org or call (520) 273-8259

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