SARSEF Fair Important Dates

We know you don’t want to miss a thing as you help your students get ready for the four-day SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair.

Write to or call (520) 273-8259 with questions

The SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair will be held virtually in the 2020-2021 school year. The fair will take place between March 1st-6th, 2021. 

Key Information

  • There will be a virtual project floor for the public to explore and enjoy with opportunities to ask questions and interact with students. 
  • We will be releasing resources and suggestions throughout the fall that may be helpful to your school and district fairs about virtual submissions and projects. 
  • Interviews at the high school level will occur virtually. We are also working to incorporate the ability for middle school students to have optional interviews. 
  • Project Judging will occur using the same SARSEF Fair criteria. Grand Awards and Sponsored Awards will be given as usual.
  • Finalists will compete for over $100,000 of cash and prizes, including scholarships and trips. 


  • Fall 2020 – Free virtual workshops on methods for a successful science/engineering research project and how to prepare for a virtual fair 
  • January 2021 – Registration Opens
  • Late February 2021 – Registration Closes
  • March 1-6, 2021 – SARSEF Fair 2021

Stay tuned as we update this page with more specific dates and information!

January 2021 – Online registration opens

Late February 2021 – Online registration closes

  • IMPORTANT: You must enter all project and student information online by midnight. The system will be closed to any further registrations after this time.
  • Sorry, no purchase orders can be accepted. If you require an invoice, please email a request in advance of the deadline.

Late February 2021 – Download and print Check-in Forms

  • FAST Check-in forms will be available on-line
  • Send forms home with students so that parents can review spelling and typos can be corrected by March 1st.

March 2, 2021 – Payment for registration due ($10 per project)

  • Schools/parents must ensure that their payment for all projects is received at the SARSEF Office by this date.
  • Payment may be made online.
  • Purchase orders are not accepted.

Project Upload Information – TBA

Judging day – Judging occurs in Teams throughout the day – Details TBA

Award Ceremonies – Details TBA

  • Online Time TBA.: Elementary School Awards Ceremony (Grades Pre-Kindergarten-5) will be available on the SARSEF YouTube Channel.
  • Online Time TBA.: Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School Awards Ceremony (Grades 9-12) will be available on the SARSEF YouTube Channel.
  • We will ensure all winners receive their trophies in the weeks following the fair. More details to come on how we will distribute them.

Save The Date!

SARSEF Fair 2021: March 1st – 6th 2021

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.