Every child. Thinking critically. Solving problems.


SARSEF Fair award winners have been announced!

See the winner list
Published Wednesday January 11, 2023

SARSEF Expands Accredited Professional Development Sessions Across the State 

(Tucson, Arizona) In partnership with ASU- Arizona STEM Acceleration Project, SARSEF is expanding accredited professional development opportunities across the state of Arizona. The sessions will focus on phenomena-based learning, modeling for teachers on how take students noticing and wondering and turn it into a phenomena-based inspired science project and learning experience.  

Phenomena-based learning encourages students to ask questions, discover connections, and design models to make sense of what they observe. This allows students to engage in real world and authentic problems that matter to them.  

“I am excited about empowering teachers to bring Phenomena-based Learning into their classrooms,” said Jessica Howe, SARSEF Manager of In-School Outreach, “this project will enable deeper learning as students will make connections across subjects and see practical relevance to real life. They will develop stronger skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. My hope is to inspire students, with their teacher’s guidance, to take ownership of their own research and learning.” 

Sessions will be held in the following cities: 

  • February 8 — Community Foundation for Southern AZ – Tucson, Arizona  
  • March 29 — Bisbee Science Lab – Bisbee, Arizona 
  • April 27 — Arizona Science Center – Phoenix, Arizona 
  • May 17 — online via Zoom – Virtual 

If you are interested in registering, please visit 


SARSEF was formed in 1955 in an effort to increase student interest in the field of science. The mission of SARSEF is to engage Arizona’s Pre-K-12 grade students in 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 a high school mentoring program, the STAR Lab, SARSEF 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.

To learn more about SARSEF programs and how students, teachers, and families can get involved, visit