SARSEF

Every child. Thinking critically. Solving problems.

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SARSEF programs teach critical thinking

With SARSEF, children don’t have to wait to become scientists or engineers. With curiosity as their guide, they can start asking questions they care about and use science and engineering to find solutions that are meaningful to them, and even, the world.

Every program uniquely prepares students for the future by giving them the tools and support they need to think like scientists and engineers, opening up career opportunities and helping them become informed citizens.

Competitions

SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair

This culminating event of science fairs throughout Southern Arizona provides students the opportunity to win over $100,000 in scholarships, trips, and prizes to reward them for high-quality research.

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Racing the Sun

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

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Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Arizona's Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium for high school students feeds into the national JSHS competition that awards $408,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships annually to regional and national student finalists.

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Workshops and outreach

In-School Outreach

Our in-school, hands-on workshops challenge students to notice and wonder about the world around them, leading to an investigation of real-life problems and finding solutions that matter.

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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.

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Teacher Professional Development

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

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STEM exploration

Arizona STEM Adventure

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

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ACES Camp

Middle school girls from Sunnyside Unified School District attend summer camp to explore exciting careers & academic opportunities in science, technology, engineering & math.

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STAR Lab

High school students gain access to professional research resources & mentorship, including lab space at the University of Arizona, moving beyond classroom walls to experience real-world science.

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