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Frequently asked questions

How can I participate in the SARSEF Regional Fair?

If a student completed a science or engineering research project this year, they are on their way! There are a number of other factors that contribute to eligibility.

Geography – For PreK-4th grade, any Arizona student is eligible. For 5th-12th grade, Arizona students south of the Gila River are eligible.

Qualification – PreK-8th grade students must register through their school. Schools are given an allotment of how many projects they are able to send to the SARSEF Regional Fair and hold a fair at the school level to determine which projects will be selected to represent them. High School students may register themselves and do not need to qualify at the school level.

What kinds of awards or prizes can students and teachers win? 

Students win over $100,000 in cash, prizes, and scholarships at the SARSEF Regional Fairs. Grand Awards are cash prizes given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place projects in every grade level and category. Class projects compete separately from individual and team projects and are also awarded Grand Awards.

Students can also win one of hundreds of Sponsored Awards from different organizations and individuals. These prizes range from cash awards to college scholarships to physical items and experiences. Some examples include tickets to Biosphere 2, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, or Tucson Comic-Con, real meteorites, unique trophies, internships, tours, graphing calculators and other research equipment, etc. Sponsored Awards are given to encourage students to pursue science and often a particular field of interest. They have a wide variety of criteria to make their decisions separate from the Grand Awards judges.

Is there a fee for participation? 

There is a fee of $10 per project registration, however, this fee is optional.

How can students be successful? Any tips for elementary students? 

The biggest tip we can give is for students to do a project that they care about! There are some projects that judges see year after year and they love seeing original ideas. Students shouldn’t just google “science fair ideas” and go with the first one that pops up. Encourage students to take projects to new heights and unique directions, adding an original spin. Students can brainstorm questions or problems that they experience in their world. These ideas usually lead to a compelling project idea.

Is this year’s Fair virtual or in-person?

Only digital project presentations will be accepted in the 2022 SARSEF Regional Fair. All judging and interviews will be virtual. There is, however, an in-person Community STEM Expo event on March 5, 2022, accompanying the in-person Awards Ceremonies at Reid Park in Tucson.

If my students are making a physical project board, how do we convert it into a digital project to submit to the SARSEF Regional Fair?

Where can I see examples of digital projects? 

How many projects can our school submit? 

To confirm your school’s current allocation or to receive an allocation, email danniey@sarsef.org.

How do I judge or volunteer for the SARSEF Regional Fair?

How can I participate in the SARSEF Regional Fair?

If a student completed a science or engineering research project this year, they are on their way! There are a number of other factors that contribute to eligibility.

Geography – For PreK-4th grade, any Arizona student is eligible. For 5th-12th grade, Arizona students south of the Gila River are eligible.

Qualification – PreK-8th grade students must register through their school. Schools are given an allotment of how many projects they are able to send to the SARSEF Regional Fair and hold a fair at the school level to determine which projects will be selected to represent them. High School students may register themselves and do not need to qualify at the school level.

What kinds of awards or prizes can students and teachers win? 

Students win over $110,000 in cash, prizes, and scholarships at the SARSEF Regional Fairs. Grand Awards are cash prizes given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place projects in every grade level and category. Class projects compete separately from individual and team projects and are also awarded Grand Awards.

Students can also win one of hundreds of Sponsored Awards from different organizations and individuals. These prizes range from cash awards to college scholarships to physical items and experiences. Some examples include tickets to Biosphere 2, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, or Tucson Comic-Con, real meteorites, unique trophies, internships, tours, graphing calculators and other research equipment, etc. Sponsored Awards are given to encourage students to pursue science and often a particular field of interest. They have a wide variety of criteria to make their decisions separate from the Grand Awards judges.

Is there a fee for participation? 

There is a fee of $10 per project registration, however, this fee is optional.

How can students be successful? Any tips for elementary students? 

The biggest tip we can give is for students to do a project that they care about! There are some projects that judges see year after year and they love seeing original ideas. Students shouldn’t just google “science fair ideas” and go with the first one that pops up. Encourage students to take projects to new heights and unique directions, adding an original spin. Students can brainstorm questions or problems that they experience in their world. These ideas usually lead to a compelling project idea.

Is this year’s Fair virtual or in-person?

Only digital project presentations will be accepted in the 2022 SARSEF Regional Fair. All judging and interviews will be virtual. There is, however, an in-person Community STEM Expo event on March 5, 2022, accompanying the in-person Awards Ceremonies at Reid Park in Tucson.

If my students are making a physical project board, how do we convert it into a digital project to submit to the SARSEF Regional Fair?

Where can I see examples of digital projects? 

How many projects can our school submit? 

To confirm your school’s current allocation or to receive an allocation, email danniey@sarsef.org.

How do I judge or volunteer for the SARSEF Regional Fair?