SARSEF Outreach to Teach Critical Thinking

Outreach Program

The SARSEF Outreach Program directly teaches critical thinking and problem solving through STEM research, impacting 56,000 underrepresented (minority and female) K-12 children each year. SARSEF offers the following (all free of charge to the schools, teachers, and families):

  • professional development to teachers on critical thinking using the scientific process and engineering design process
  • in-class presentations for students Gr. K-12
  • and family science nights 20160113_111305

Results showed a dramatic increase in the diversity of students who chose to participate in SARSEF. Over the past three years, there was a 43% INCREASE in female participation! Totals now are:

54% female

60% non-white

60% Title I schools in areas of poverty

98% stated participating increased their likelihood of choosing a college major and career

For the past three years, the average school Science and Math scores were higher than schools not involved with SARSEF.

Educational Outreach in Action

Empowering Southern Arizona's K-12 students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math