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Published Monday March 9, 2020

SARSEF Employs Technology to Provide a Safe and Healthy Science Fair for Southern Arizona Students


SARSEF strives to always do what is best for the communities we serve. That’s why, every year, we hold one of the largest science fairs in the world. This year, we recognize the need to change how the fair operates to ensure we are keeping the health of our communities in mind.

Minimizing the number of large gatherings is not intended to cause alarm. It is a precaution we are taking to ensure that the SARSEF Fair, which brings joy to so many of us, continues to do so in a manner that does not have a likelihood of increasing health concerns.

We are committed to a SARSEF Fair 2020 that continues to inspire and motivate the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. The following changes will be made to ensure that is the case:

Wednesday, March 11

– Project set-up for all grade levels will proceed as scheduled. We recommend one representative per school come to set up projects.

Thursday, March 12

-Middle school interviews have been cancelled. Elementary and middle school students are still encouraged to bring their project boards on Wednesday. Their projects will be judged and awards will be determined without the students present.

-In-person high school interviews are now optional. High school students who do not attend in person should still be available by phone during the judging period. More details will be released shortly about how phone interviews will be conducted.

-High school students who opt for in-person interviews may take their projects with them directly after the interview period. All other projects can be picked up on Friday, March 13 or Saturday, March 14.

Friday, March 13

-Projects may be picked up between 7:00am and 7:00pm. We recommend one representative per school come to pick up projects.

-Future Innovators Night is cancelled.

Saturday, March 14

-Projects may be picked up between 8:00am and 5:00pm. We recommend one representative per school come to pick up projects.

-Award Ceremonies will be posted online on Saturday at their scheduled start times. We will not be holding in-person events for either ceremony. More details on how to watch will be released shortly.

-We will ensure all winners receive their trophies in the weeks following the fair. More details to come on how we will distribute them.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions you might have. Thank you for joining us in ensuring that all students know that their science matters.


SARSEF was formed in 1955 in an effort to increase student interest in the field of science. The mission of SARSEF is to teach Arizona’s K-12 critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through inquiry-based learning and research.

SARSEF accomplishes this mission through a variety of programming including SARSEF Research Fair Week, educational outreach programs with an emphasis on underrepresented populations in the sciences, teacher professional development, ACES Camp for Middle School girls, Racing the Sun, and Arizona STEM Adventure.

Media Contact:

Julie Euber, COO, SARSEF