SARSEF Fair Information

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

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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. 

What can I expect at a Virtual SARSEF Fair?

  • In March, student projects will be presented on a SARSEF Fair website that will include a virtual exhibit hall and main stage for a live award ceremony broadcast.
  • Project judging will occur virtually using the same SARSEF Fair criteria as in the past. Grand Awards and Sponsored Awards will be given as usual.
  • Interviews at the high school level will be required as usual and will occur virtually.
  • Middle school students are also highly encouraged to do interviews.
  • This year, we will also be giving the option for elementary school students to be interviewed if they desire!
  • Finalists will compete for over $100,000 of cash and prizes, including scholarships and trips. 
  • Due to the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the $10 project registration fee will be optional. SARSEF is seeking a generous sponsor willing to cover all project registration fees. 

What does a Virtual Project look like?

  • Project Presentations must be a single PDF document with a maximum of 12 pages. This can be created through Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or a word-processing application. Students will not create a physical project board for the SARSEF Fair.
    • The entire presentation should be saved as a single .pdf document. (Sometimes this is called a “multi-page pdf.”) This .pdf will be uploaded to the SARSEF Fair website when registering.  
  • Page size should be American standard 8½”X11” and created in landscape orientation.
  • The smallest allowable font size of body text is 14 pt. All text should be easily readable. (Please consider this in font choices.) Exception: You may use a smaller font size, down to 10 pt., for figure captions or photo credits.
  • All Project Presentation elements must conform to D&S rules as if placed on a physical poster for display to judges and the public. Passing a Display & Safety inspection will be required to compete.
  • Project journals/lab notebooks can be completed physically or digitally. (Physical journal pages should be scanned to submit electronically.)
  • High School students will also be responsible for creating a Quad Chart that should be presented as the the first page of their pdf Project Presentation (in lieu of a Title Page).
  • View sample projects (PK-8):

How do I hold a school fair?

  • SARSEF is committed to enabling all Arizona schools to hold science and engineering fairs even during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we will be providing a free virtual platform for any school interested in holding a virtual science and engineering fair at the school level. We will send more information on how to sign up when this platform is available.
  • Technical assistance will be provided as needed for the SARSEF virtual components.
  • SARSEF will continue to release resources and suggestions throughout the fall about virtual submissions, projects, and best practices. Be sure to keep checking our website for the latest updates!


  • Fall 2020 – Free virtual workshops on methods for a successful science/engineering research project and how to prepare for a virtual fair
  • Early December 2020 – SARSEF School Fair platform released 
  • January 18, 2021 – Registration Opens
  • February 21, 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.
  • All project files must be uploaded by deadline. (TBD)
  • Students and parents evaluate registration info for typos.

Project Upload Information – TBA

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

Public Viewing 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

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