Take your Students to the Next Level in Science

The Value of Science and Engineering Education

As Arizona’s Department of Education works to create the science standards for our students we offer the next level to your students. SARSEF provides a variety of opportunities for teachers and students to explore their communities and problem-solve. SARSEF shifts science education from the scientific method to scientific inquiry and practices.

Data (from 2015 to present) verifies that academic achievement scores on standardized assessments in Math and ELA, as well as Science, increase for those students who are actively engaged in science and engineering practices. Let us help your teachers as they work towards developing 21st Century citizens.

What does SARSEF have to offer my students?

Did you know that SARSEF does more than provide a fair in the spring of each year? We support teachers and parents, as they work with their students in becoming critical thinkers and problem-solvers through the content of science and engineering. Although we hope that you will ultimately involve your students in the fair, it is NOT a requirement for us to come present to your students, teachers and parents. SARSEF offers FREE educational outreach programs tailored to the meet the needs of YOUR school(s), public, charter, and private throughout southern Arizona.

We travel to your school with engaging, brains-on presentations actively involving students as they think about their communities and interests. We offer teachers professional development skills, ideas and activities that allow them to bring science/engineering to life in their classroom. Parents say they need help to follow through on projects at home – we explain science research and projects to them. If SARSEF has come to you in the past, be ready for all new support and presentations! And SARSEF does it all FREE of charge!

Programs Offered by SARSEF

SARSEF provides the “whole package” and is willing to schedule all the groups below at your school. We are here to help – we have found that it is most effective if we talk to more than one of the groups below.

Student Programs:

Start your students off with the basic practices of science and engineering. Additional programs focus on critical thinking and problems solving, while others focus on data collection and interpretation. During presentations students are encouraged to choose projects that make a difference in their community whether it be their home, school, or neighborhood. Programs are available for students from Kindergarten through High School.  Programs last a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 hour. Group size can be single classroom to multiple-grade level assemblies.

Parent Programs:

What do your parents do when their child comes home and tells them that a science or engineering project is required this school year? They ask the school for help. SARSEF can provide your parents with an informative presentation. These are usually held in the evenings and last 1 hour. The basics of completing projects is broken down into manageable steps. These also can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the school.

New this year: Roadmap to a Rockin’ Project – SARSEF comes to your school for an evening (or Saturday) to help students and parents develop project ideas. Students and parents work together to come up with an idea and are guided in determining their first steps. Students leave ready to start with their idea, a notebook/journal and project board. Supported by a grant from Angel Charities this is a FREE program. Limited availability – schedule now!

Professional Development:

SARSEF has designed several different programs for teachers as they guide their students in becoming active critical thinkers and problem-solvers through science and engineering. Teachers refresh on incorporating science and engineering into all areas of the curriculum and actively engaging students in hands-on, brains-on science and engineering exploration. In a single 1-hour professional development program teachers take the plunge into guiding their students in successful science and engineering research practices. Other professional development programs provide more intensive strategies and activities and can be scheduled for up to 4 different sessions.

Administration/Leadership Teams.

Schedule SARSEF to meet with your leadership team to get the school started with science and engineering projects. We help plan, organize and guide the school in setting up in a way that reflects the needs and philosophy of your school. SARSEF does NOT believe in a “one and done” system of supporting schools, nor do we believe in bringing a “packaged program” to your school. You take the lead and we help meet your needs. Let us sit down with your leadership team/administration and help you to get the ball rolling!

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2018 – February 20, 2018: Project Registration Open 
  • February 27, 2019: Print Fast Check-in Form
  • March 6, 2019: (noon to 8:00 pm) Bring and check-in projects at Tucson Convention Center
  • March 7, 2019: JUDGING DAY
  • March 8, 2019: Field Trip and Public Viewing Day
  • March 9, 2019: Awards Ceremonie 

Contact Brooke Meyer, brooke@sarsef.org, for more information about Outreach Programs or Science Fair 2019


Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.  – Carl Sagan









Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.