Judge at the SARSEF Fair

Welcome, Judges!

Judging Day for SARSEF Fair 2021 is during fair week March 1st-6th, 2021! Please mark your calendars!

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If you haven’t judged before, Register as a New User then return to this page.

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Judging will take place through our virtual fair platform. Details will be posted later on in the year.  

To review categories, criteriaethics and conduct, and more, please click on the tabs to the left.

Please take a look at our 2020 SARSEF Judging Guidebook for information about previous fairs. We will release a 2021 Judging Guidebook that includes any changes due to our pivot to a virtual model once that guidebook has been prepared.

Thank you for the time and energy that you are considering giving to the students of Southern Arizona! We need YOUR talent to encourage our future innovators — at all levels and in all areas.





Last year we had over 2,000 projects, and we have each project judged by at least three judges. Teams are established to judge by grade and category — so you will never be solely responsible for how a project does. Some categories and grade levels have a large number of entries, so you will be asked to name your first, second and third choice in order to guarantee that we have a fair process for all students.

Choosing a Category

Judges should select up to three categories they feel comfortable and competent to judge at their selected grade level. The categories listed are those used at SARSEF PreK-12. Judges are encouraged to sign up for an area that matches their educational background and expertise. We will attempt to match you up with one of your top choices. 

All projects will fall into one of these three types:

  • Individual: one person working alone
  • Team: two or three persons working together
  • Groups: four or more students, or a class, working on one project


High school judges should be professionals in their fields (at least three to five years experience preferred) and/or be in the process of obtaining or hold advanced (master’s or doctoral) degrees.

Middle school judges should hold a bachelor’s degree, and have some experience in their field, or teach in the selected area.

Elementary school judges must have a high school education, with some experience with the age level selected, and/or interest in the field selected.

For judges who are also teachers: We request that you judge a grade level other than the one you teach.

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.