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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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 2021 SARSEF Judging Guidebook 2021 Judging Guidebook for information that includes any changes due to our pivot to a virtual model.

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 here 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

Judging Schedule for the SARSEF Fair 2021

Starting Saturday, February 27, you will be able to review projects online at your convenience. Then, you will interview students and meet with the other judges to determine winners all in one day, depending on the grade level or, in the case of high school projects, the category. Spreading out judging means you can judge for more than one grade level or category if you are interested in helping out even more this year!

Here is the full schedule of when judge meetings and interviews will take place this year:

Monday, March 1, 11:30am – 4:00pm – Elementary School Judge Meetings and **NEW THIS YEAR** Student Interviews

Elementary School Interviews are optional for students and will not impact scoring

Tuesday, March 2, 8:00am – 12:30pm – Middle School Judge Meetings and Student Interviews

Wednesday, March 3, 8:00am – 4:00pm – High School Judge Meetings and Student Interviews for the Following Categories:

Animal Science

Behavioral and Social Science

Biochemical Science and Bioengineering

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Chemical and Material Science

Earth and Environmental Science

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Thursday, March 4, 8:00am – 4:00pm – High School Judge Meetings and Student Interviews for the Following Categories:

Energy and Environmental Engineering

Health and Biomedical Science


Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics

Plant Science

Robotics and Computer Science


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.