SARSEF Programs Teach Critical Thinking

Parents! Teachers! Students! 

SARSEF offers many programs that enrich our community by creating a future citizenry that can think critically and problem solve.  Our programs help young people discover their inner scientist by using the practices of science and engineering to answer their questions. No matter what career path a young person may choose to follow, an educated citizen needs to understand the role of science and engineering in our world and to appreciate how a scientist and an engineer think. 

SARSEF programs impact PreK-12 students from across the state of Arizona.  Each program is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual schools and classrooms as we prepare our students for the future. Our programs put students in the position of lead scientists and engineers. Explore them all!

What Do We Wonder? (In-school programs) SARSEF teaches PreK-12 students the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to make a difference using science and engineering. Through hands-on workshops, students are challenged to investigate real-life problems finding solutions that matter. All Programs will be virtual or include virtual options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

STAR LAB High School students gain access to professional research resources & mentorship, moving beyond the classroom walls to experience real-world science.

Teacher Professional Development Teachers explore lesson design, activities & resources to make science accessible to all students & learn how to integrate student-led, inquiry-based learning into everyday teaching.

Roadmap to a Rockin’ Project Families work together to identify an issue in their lives and create a plan to investigate solutions through their very own science projects.

ACES Camp  Girls from Sunnyside Unified School District attend summer camp to explore exciting careers & academic opportunities in science, technology, engineering, & math.

Racing the Sun Students team up to design, build & race solar-powered go-karts with the help of community mentors throughout the school year.

Arizona STEM Adventure 4-8th grade students explore the wide world of STEM while their teachers receive professional development.

Regional SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair This culminating event of all SARSEF programs provides students the opportunity to win over $100,000 in scholarships, trips, & prizes to reward them for high-quality research.

What Do You Wonder?: A Community of Young Scientists Offered Spring/Summer 2020

Arizona Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (National – Junior Science and Humanities Symposium) – is a national competition for high school students that awards $408,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships annually to regional and national student finalists.


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Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.