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SARSEF Fair Winners 2019
Are Your Parents Looking for a Science Fair Project Board?
Many office supply stores carry them!
We particularly like Jonathan’s Educational Resources. They carry a variety of colors in the right sizes, as well as borders that can help jazz up a project board. They even carry lettering for titles, specially designed for science fair projects that follow the scientific method.
Stores include Michaels, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Max and any teacher supply store. If you want specialized titles, go to Science Buddies to check out what pre-printed titles are available.
Would You Like to Know What the Judges Are Looking For?
The following forms outline the criteria that teams will use when judging the projects. Note there are separate forms for projects that use the Scientific Process and Engineering Design, and for K-8 versus the HS level.
All forms are based on the criteria used at the ISEF competition level.
Other Science Competitions
Every year, more than 9 million students in Grades K–12 enter a science competition. Your project may also be entered in some of the following:
Arizona Science and Engineering Fair
AzSEF is the state fair for Arizona. Grades 5-12 can qualify to enter by placing first at SARSEF.
Only first-place winning projects will advance to AzSEF. The definition of first place can include those that take first place at the SCHOOL level as well. (See below.)
Students in Grades 5-12 who have placed first at a school, home school, district, county or regional science fair are eligible to compete at AzSEF.
No more than 12 entries per grade level will be accepted from each school in the elementary and junior divisions.
To ensure the integrity of this rule, schools/fairs will be allowed to submit only one project per grade level for each category (12 categories for elementary and junior divisions.) (Click here for categories.)
In the event your fair does not give place awards, it is the discretion of the fair director to send the project considered the best representative of the category selected.
Contact: Jen Gutierrez
Professional Learning Specialist
Arizona Science Center
Phone: 602-716-2000, ext. 220 / Cell: 602-525-2881
National and International Level Competitions
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars): This top-level middle-school science and engineering fair competition is operated by the Society for Science & the Public. It is sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation. Students who participate in science fairs in the United States, and are nominated, compete in the national competition. Thirty finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the $25,000 grand prize.
Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards: This competition challenges student teams to solve real-world problems in the areas of clean energy, aerospace exploration and cyber security. It is open to students aged 13-18. The winning team is awarded $5,000 to continue product development. Its motto is “Geek is Chic” and it is sponsored, in part, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Lockheed Martin.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program: This program aims to recognize exceptional students and support them in the fulfillment of their potential. Fellowships are awarded in numerous categories, including science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC): This contest is for students in Grades 5-8. Ten finalists will receive $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip to St. Paul, Minn. for the competition finals. The first-place winner will receive $25,000.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): This fair is for high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. The top prize is a $75,000 scholarship. Six high school projects, and two to three middle school projects are selected each year at SARSEF to attend this global competition.
Intel Science Talent Search (STS): The top prize for this competition for high school seniors is a $100,000 scholarship.
International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment: I-SWEEP’s Project Olympiad is a science fair open to high school students around the world.
Kids’ Science Challenge: This nationwide competition is open to students in Grades 3-6. It challenges students to create a unique solution to one of the three annual challenges, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology: Top prize for this high school student competition is a $100,000 scholarship.
Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC): The world’s largest model-rocket contest accepts teams of students in Grades 7–12 from any U.S. school or non-profit youth organization.
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition: This event is open to U.S. and Canadian students in Grades 7-12. Top prize is $3,000, and a trip to Walt Disney World and Kennedy Space Center.
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS): This program invites high school students in Grades 9–12 to conduct an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering or mathematics, and to participate in a regional symposium sponsored by universities or other academic institutions. Regional winners proceed to a national competition.
Young Naturalist Awards: This program, organized by the American Museum of Natural History and sponsored by Alcoa Corp., is a research-based essay contest for students in Grades 7–12 to promote participation and communication in science.
Web Sites for Teachers
There are a number of organizations that also want to support you in your work. Here are just a few.
Science Buddies: Science Buddies is a non-profit organization focused on providing free science fair ideas, answers and tools for students in Grades K-12. Online resources have been integrated into the NSTA’s SciLinks program. This site empowers students from all walks of life to help themselves and each other develop a love of science and an understanding of the Scientific Method. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
Archimedes Initiative: This group is focused on strengthening science literacy and increasing the number of scientists and engineers in the United States. The group has chosen competitive science fairs as the starting point for its outreach efforts. http://www.archimedesinitiative.org
Netscape@Play: This is a great site that gives ideas about projects and assistance.
- Google Search: This Google site has numerous links for advice and help in doing science fair projects.
Science for Society & Public: One of the nation’s oldest non-profits dedicated to public engagement in science and science education, Science for Society & Public was formerly known as Science Service. It is responsible for several youth science competitions, including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. https://www.societyforscience.org/
Science Fair Central: This Discovery Education site transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing free, high quality, dynamic content to school districts large and small. http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/?pID=fair
Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences: This Glendale, Ariz. group provides links to resources, and individuals in the science community. http://www.arizonanevadaacademyofscience.org/belisawd.html
- NSTA Newsletter High School: The National Science Teachers’ Association newsletter, Science Class, offers many great links for teachers. This is the high school edition.
NSTA Newsletter Middle School: The National Science Teachers’ Association newsletter, Science Class, offers many great links for teachers. This is the middle school edition.
NSTA Newsletter Elementary: The National Science Teachers’ Association newsletter, Science Class, offers many great links for teachers. This is the elementary edition.
- National Academy of Engineering: NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its website is a comprehensive resource center for more information about technology — what it is, how it impacts our lives, where to learn more about it, and why technical literacy is important. http://www.nae.edu/
Science News For Kids: This magazine resource has a wealth of ideas for projects and hands on activities for educators, parents and kids. It is published by Society for Science & The Public, and has additional information about Broadcom MASTERS, Intel ISEF, and Intel Science Talent Search (ISTS.) http://www.sciencenewsforkids.com.php5-17.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/wp/
- Eurekalert! News for Kids: This online, global news service operated by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It provides a central site for universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media. It features news and resources focused on all areas of science, medicine and technology, and is open to the public. http://www.eurekalert.org/kidsnews/
- Bill Nye, the Science Guy: This is the website for Bill Nye, an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer and scientist. It has lots of fun demos and ideas for your projects! Check out his parallel site: www.eyesofnye.org for information on his television show! His homepage is at http://www.billnye.com/
Commander Submarine Force US Pacific Fleet: This pages gives details about the nuclear-powered USS Tucson. http://www.csp.navy.mil/subssquadrons/tucson/tucson_homepage.shtml
WaterCenter.org: This site gives advice about conducting water-based science fair projects for students, teachers and the public. Here you’ll find basic water information and terms from Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore,Wash. Among other issues, it discusses Hurricane Katrina’s impact on drinking water, toxic water problems, water sampling and testing.
- ScienceFairCenter.org: This site gives ideas for water-related science fair projects. http://sciencefairwater.com/water-basics-101-common-water-quality-parameters/intro-science-fair-water-projects/ … Additional information can be found at: http://www.watercenter.net/
- Homework Spot: This website lists numerous resources to search for ideas, organized for elementary, middle and high school students.
Family Education: This site offers tips and insights for families entering the science fair — including information about the Scientific Method, home schooling resources, and a listing of Top Science Fair Projects for All Ages. http://school.familyeducation.com/childrens-science-activities/parents-and-school/33574.html