Judges and volunteers are integral to the success of the upcoming SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair. This year, all judging and volunteering are virtual.
February 4, 2021
(Tucson, AZ) As SARSEF prepares for a virtual 66th annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair, they’re putting out a call for volunteers and judges who can help encourage students from across southern Arizona in their pursuit of science and engineering.
Because this year’s fair will be virtual, you can volunteer your time to support students from your own home or workplace.
“Do you remember a teacher or mentor from your childhood who pointed out that you were good at something? As a volunteer or judge at the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair, you get to be that person encouraging and rewarding students for their hard work in the sciences. Imagine the difference you can make in their lives,” shared Julie Euber, SARSEF COO and Judging Chair.
At the 2020 SARSEF Fair, 1,164 checks were given out to students (pre-kindergarten through high school) for a total of $110,055 in scholarships and award money. When individuals sign up to judge, they have the opportunity to help determine who will win a prize.
SARSEF gives grand awards in every category by grade level. Additionally, organizations and individuals interested in supporting students can sponsor their own awards.
Beyond the fair, SARSEF works year-round to ensure all students have the resources and access they need to pursue their own science projects. Students are encouraged to think of a problem in their lives, community or world that they would want to solve, while teachers and parents receive guidance on how to support students’ work.
Of schools participating in the 2020 SARSEF Fair, 73% were Title I, meaning 40% or more of students at the school are from low-income families.
“I judge at SARSEF Fair because it shows our Arizona students their work and interest in science is important. It’s important to me; it’s important to our society,” Christopher RoDee explained. This will be RoDee’s seventh year judging at the fair.
Judging will take place on different days by grade level March 1 through 4. Volunteer opportunities are available February 22 through March 6. Time commitments range from a few hours to several days. For more information and to register, visit sarsef.org/virtualvolunteer.