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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.

Conference for Fair Directors, educators, and administrators

SARSEF is holding our first-ever Fair Director Conference on September 16th, 2023. Whether you are new to science and engineering fairs or a seasoned alum, attend workshops that will increase your ability to confidently and easily encourage Science Fair participation at your school and support the next generation of scientists, engineers, and leaders!

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