proud-parentWhat Are The Benefits of Participating?

Great Learning Experiences and Opportunities

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 725 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 11 all-expenses paid trips, and 14 college scholarships!

With you 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 communications 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 Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) 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, six high school projects move on each year as finalists, and three middle school projects are selected as observers to attend ISEF, which is held in a different city each year. Two projects are selected to attend the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, Texas.

Students from across the globe attend these week-long events, and the results have been amazing. SARSEF students who attended ISEF have won at four times the national average for the past 14 years! 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.

What areas of science were recognized last year by organizations awarding a prize?

– American Chemical Society

– American Meteorological Society

– American Psychological Association

– American Society for Quality

– American Society of Civil Engineers

– Arizona Hydrologic Society

– Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE)

– Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

– ASM International Foundation

– Association for Women Geoscientists

– Broadcom MASTERS

– Catalina Rotary Club

– Cox Communications

– Ella Dresher Memorial Scholarship

– Friends of Animals

– Genius Olympiad

– Global Solar Energy

– Governor’s Young Innovators Competition

– Intel Excellence in Computer Science

– International Dark Sky Association

– Southern Arizona International Wildlife Museum

– Jim Click Automotive

– Johnson Award of Excellence

– Iota Sigma Pi (National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry)

– International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering Environment “Project Olympiad”

– Lazy S Ranch

– Animal Science Award

– Little Chapel of All Nations

– Metro Water District

– Mini Time Machine

– Mu Alpha Theta (National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society)

– Music and Engineering Association

– National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAH)

– National Society of Professional Engineers

– Phi Beta Kappa Association Math Award

– Physics Factory

– Pima County Medical Foundation

– Pima County Wastewater Management

– Planetary Science Institute

– Reid Park Zoological Society

– RICOH Group Environmental Sustainability

– Rosemont Copper

– Saguaro National Park Service

– Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society

– Southern Arizona Psychological Association

– Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System

– Southwest Gas Stockholm Water Prize

– Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research

– Texas Instruments

– Tucson Amateur Astronomers Organization

– Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society

– Tucson Electric Power (TEP)

– Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

– University of Arizona

– UA Biosphere 2

– United States Metric Association

– United States Air Force

– United States Army

– United States Navy & Marine Corps

– USS Tucson 770 Club

– University of Arizona VIPER (Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response) Institute

– Women in Science & Engineering

And many other individual and family donors!

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.