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SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Fair Week: March 4 – March 9, 2024

Every year, PreK-12th grade students from across Southern Arizona participate in a SARSEF-affiliated fair, conducting research projects to be considered as a representative of their school at the SARSEF Regional Fair, a week-long competition and celebration of their achievements.

Around 2,000 projects compete at the SARSEF Regional Fair, and over $100,000 in prizes, trips, and scholarships are awarded, thanks to community support. Top high school students move on to international levels of competition.

How it works

Getting started

  • Schools determine their level of participation
  • Schools may sign up for free educational outreach
  • Participants choose a type of project

Before the SARSEF Regional Fair

  • Participating schools hold their own science fair
  • Projects are selected for the SARSEF Regional Fair
  • Projects are registered for the SARSEF Regional Fair

SARSEF Regional Fair Week

  • Students are celebrated at Opening Ceremonies
  • Projects are evaluated on Judging Days
  • Awards Ceremonies are held

Benefits of participation

Creating a research project and participating in the SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair yields many valuable benefits to teachers, schools, students, and parents.

To teachers and schools

  • Excellent PR for your school
  • Meets the Arizona state science standards
  • Free programs and professional development to support your efforts

To students

  • Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Unlocks opportunities networking with STEM professionals
  • Tons of scholarships and prizes

To parents

  • Develops your child’s project management and presentation skills
  • Inspires your child’s curiosity
  • Creates opportunity for more involvement in your child’s education