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Levels of Involvement

Who can be involved in the SARSEF Regional Fair?

The SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair is open to PreK-4th grade students who live anywhere in Arizona and 5th-12th grade Arizona students who live south of the Gila River.

Full-scale science research school

Take the challenge and become a full-scale research school this year! Your students will all practice being problem solvers and improve their ability to think critically and creatively as they all enter a research project into your school fair for a chance to move on to the SARSEF Regional Fair. Teachers can integrate science and engineering practices into any subject. We will help you get started.

Partial school participation

Schools can also have specific classes, grade levels, or extracurricular groups complete projects. A school fair would be held to determine the top projects that would move on to the SARSEF Regional Fair.

Independent Entries

Even if students are not completing science and engineering research projects as part of their in-school curriculum, students may complete their own projects. Students or parents may choose to start science clubs at their school to facilitate this. For PreK-8th grade students, projects will still need to be registered through the school; a school science fair will need to be held if the number of projects completed from that school is greater than the allocation given. High School projects can be registered by the individual and do not need to compete in a school fair.

Become a SARSEF-endorsed school

Each year, SARSEF educators award two K-12 educational institutions that exemplify using STEM curriculum in their classrooms to teach problem-solving and critical thinking the title of SARSEF-endorsed school. Those schools are added to the list of others who have earned this title, assuring parents and caregivers at those schools the quality STEM education that their students are receiving.