Fun Facts About SARSEF 2015  

IMG_3910Want to know about SARSEF?

  • 75,000 students were a part of SARSEF this past year. Our donors helped us award over $125,000 in prizes, trips and scholarships. If you know of a school that needs help getting started or want to schedule your own Educational Outreach, contact us to reserve your dates now.
  • For 60 years, SARSEF has counted on all of you to provide a high-quality experience for all of Southern Arizona’s students. This year, thanks to you, SARSEF had over 75,000 students participating at their local level to be one of the final 1,906 projects, representing 5,062 students that were selected for this record setting year.
  • The projects were viewed by over 6,000 visitors at the Tucson Convention Center the week of March 9-14, 2015. SARSEF filled THREE of these Exhibit Halls at the Tucson Convention Center equalling a space the size of a football field of projects!
  • By the end of the week, the students earned 954 awards: 578 Grand Awards (presented to the top 15% in each grade), 376 Special Awards (presented by organizations and companies that care about students in STEM), and 18 scholarships.
  • This totaled over $125,000 in trips, scholarships, cash prizes ranging from $25 to $2000, and awards such as Summer camps, college internships, Shadowing Days, and memberships.
  • Making this all happen were 684 Volunteers: 411 judges (298 Grand and 113 Sponsored/Special), 208 General Volunteers, and 75 Exhibitors.
  • In addition, a record number of 732 teachers and Fair Directors participated, giving of their own times and energy to help the students participate, not to mention the thousands of wonderful and supportive parents, grandparents, mentors, and friends behind each project.
  • SARSEF is all about diversity and it shows in our data. This year, through SARSEF’s free, Educational Outreach program, 30,747 underrepresented students in 136 schools in areas of poverty were served in an effort to even the playing field for students in STEM.
  • And the results? 54% of the schools that participated in SARSEF were Title I schools in areas of poverty.
  • 1,174 (57.1%) of the SARSEF participants were female and 879 (42.8 %) male.
  • Over 50% of the students were minority or more than one ethnicity.
  • Top schools across Southern Arizona were represented from throughout the 45,000 square miles we serve, from Yuma to Casa Grande, Nogales to Florence.
  • Students from all types of schools were welcomed: from Public Schools, Charter and Private and from Home Schools Thank You From SARSEF!


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