Ever since I completed my first science fair project in fourth grade, SARSEF has had a huge impact on my life. The people at SARSEF have inspired me and given me the support needed to pursue my passion for science, and I have continued to complete research every year. I am now a senior in high school and have had the opportunity to do some amazing things, like visiting the International Science Fair as an eighth grade observer, an experience for which I am incredibly grateful. SARSEF has even given me the resources needed to navigate the process of starting a science fair program at my high school, something I pushed for my freshman year. More recently I have begun volunteering as a Student Ambassador, which enables me to help spread student science to the public so that others may have similar experiences. I hope to be able to give back to SARSEF even a fraction of the support they have given me. I feel like all of these experiences and everything I have learned about research has prepared me for my future, and that SARSEF’s endless support for student science has enabled me to pursue my dreams of a research career from a very young age.
We are so fortunate to have SARSEF serving our community. I first learned of SARSEF when my daughter competed in science fair in fourth grade. I remember walking into the Tucson Convention Center with her project board and being blown away by the sheer number of projects showcasing the hard work and talent of Southern Arizona students. Attending Innovator Night that week gave our family the opportunity to take a closer look at many of these projects, in addition to participating in fun science demonstrations. That experience not only inspired my daughter to continue competing in science fair for the last 8 years, but also sparked the same enthusiasm about science fair in her younger brother. SARSEF affords young people the support and encouragement needed to dream big. By providing outreach to teachers and students, SARSEF helps children develop skills and gain confidence to use their unique abilities and perspectives to solve challenging problems in their homes, communities and the world.
I have the good fortune to be a volunteer for SARSEF. Seeing the incredible work this organization does is a constant source of amazement and inspiration to me. With a very small staff this group accomplishes so much. They are best known for the SARSEF Science Fair, that gives thousands of budding scientists a chance to develop critical thinking skills. They learn how to work through a problem from hypothesis to testing to reporting results and gain the confidence that comes from having their work celebrated. Seeing the excitement of kids from Kindergarten to High School who make it to SARSEF and the pride of their parents and teachers is a privilege and a joy.
I am particularly grateful to SARSEF for giving me the opportunity to take the experience of a 30-year career in the corporate world and apply it in a completely new context, as well as learn new skills. I thoroughly enjoy every minute I spend with the organization. And I feel that the SARSEF mission to create the next generation of critical thinkers has never been as important as it is today. SARSEF is a genuine Tucson treasure.
SARSEF is the go-to organization for inspiring and supporting young people to explore science and engineering research in southern AZ! They support student researchers through helping K-12 teachers promote classroom research, connecting students to mentor scientists and engineers, offering lab experiences for students, and, of course, allowing students to present their research and complete for their many scholarships. Every member of their staff and board of advisors champion for building an inclusive and more open environment for ALL young people to explore their potential in research.
I am a proud board member of SARSEF. I first volunteered at the Tucson Science Fair for two years. At the time my husband was a judge at the Tucson and the international in Phoenix. We raved about our experiences [even cried a bit] how spectacular the participation and focus, not just of the students, but the teachers, parents and mentors as well. It truly "takes a village" to give our future young folks the type of opportunities SARSEF helps provide.
SARSEF is an amazing organization with a passion for instilling critical thinking for ALL students. For the past 5 years, I've been able to be a part of the AZ STEM Adventure at Northwest Campus of Pima Community College which is an AMAZING day. We have traditionally had ~1000 5th-8th grade students roaming the campus learning about Science and Engineering. Students also have the opportunity to see themselves in a diverse group of College volunteers, Scientists, and Engineers while also experiencing and visualizing themselves going to College. Pima has been very proud to have the opportunity to partner with SARSEF for the STEM Adventure and this year, we are offering a virtual STEM Adventure - fun!
As a relatively new Board Member, I am continually impressed with SARSEF's vision and innovation in reaching ALL students to engage them in their love of exploring the world around us. For example, during the summer, SARSEF staff put together a series of "What do you wonder?" events to engage students in scientific exploration. SARSEF's deliberative approach to engaging students in our virtual world is simply thoughtful, creative and what our students need right now.
My children have participated in SARSEF many times over the year, including winning recognition. It has been a highlight of their school year. It is wonderful to see them so engaged in science!
Both of my children were fortunate to have teachers who encouraged their student to participate in STEM-related activities. From their third grade, all throughout their senior high school year, both my sons conducted research projects for their science courses. Most of their projects were selected by their schools to be presented at the SARCEF "big year event" at the Tucson Convention Center. I'd like to thank SARCEF for the role they play in our community, for their leadership in organizing these annual events, and for promoting STEM-related activities.
Both my sons received numerous awards for their research projects, especially my youngest son who got multiple high-prized and prestigious awards from private companies, including scholarships and grant's monies. I strongly believe that their participation in these events led to their successful and fulfilling careers. My oldest son (Mario) is working at a Tucson clinic as a P.A. My youngest (Diego) is currently finishing up his masters in chemical engineering at Willamette University and has already been offered an internship at the Los Alamos National Institute where he will be working developing polymers for NASA.
Thank you SARCEF for encouraging and supporting ALL the future scientists in our community.
It was a great experience for me when I served as a judge for elementary science fair in 2018.
The event was massive and very interactive among judges, organizers and students.
The set-up and venue were impressive to me.
SARSEF is a great non-profit aimed at supplementing science learning. Many are aware of the amazing science fair they hold each year but some of the true value in SARSEF is their k-12 programming. Some of my fondest memories in school have been of extraordinary science projects that made me think of how fascinating this world can be; SARSEF provides that type of learning!
Children are born natural scientists, curious about the world around them. As a parent and educator for over 30 years, I always delighted in sparking a deeper interest in the sciences with both of my sons (now both are Mechanical Engineers) and with the students in my charge. As a SARSEF Site coordinator, I was always in awe of how well organized the annual science fair was conducted, and how excited my students were to develop their projects to submit. So much learning takes place in an authentic way by being part of SARSEF.
Now, as a SARSEF volunteer I continue to be awed at the professionalism, and wild enthusiasm of every member of the SARSEF team. Together, they carry a torch that lights the way for unimaginable future scientific breakthroughs and innovation, as well as fostering a love of learning. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization.
I’ve been involved with SARSEF as a science fair judge and general advocate for SARSEF and STEM for almost 15 years. This organization dedicates itself selflessly to helping students get involved, and stay involved, in science. The leadership is extraordinary. The recently appointed director is a vibrant young woman that I’ve known for 20 years. She tirelessly advocates and provides guidance to young people in science and technology . I’ve been involved with many nonprofit organizations in my life, and I can honestly say that this one is in my top five - for passion, leadership, and commitment. I’m proud to be associated with it.
I was introduced to SARSEF when I lived next door to Kathleen Bethel, long before she was the CEO of SARSEF. She was the person who brought me to SARSEF as a judge more than 12 years ago.
SARSEF is a remarkable organization, dedicated to creating generations of scientists and engineers. Seeing the science that young people are doing today gives me hope for the future, and I’ve become a champion for STEM myself as a result of my work with SARSEF. Everything they do, from running the annual science fair to matching students with mentors and doing hands on activities all year is specifically for the purpose of encouraging and teaching young people about science.
I’m proud to be associated with SARSEF, and I thank my lucky stars that I rented the house next store to the family that gave me a way to use my professional experience to give back to the community. The values manifested by SARSEF and the dedication with which they pursue them is, in a word or two, both inspirational and remarkable. They have earned and deserve recognition by your organization.
I've been a Board member of SARSEF for 5 years and have been impressed with its growth over that time. Our Board has actively sought out opportunities to develop and learn in order to be more focused in our mission, and more effective in our outreach execution. We've increased the range of our programs, getting into more schools, as well as increased the number of programs. Our staff have been applying best practices in order for us to measure our effectiveness, so we can clearly see our successes, and work on those areas where we know we can do better.
In the end, we are here for the children. We strongly believe in our mission to help develop critical thinkers and problem solvers, because they will be the ones making their community a better place. I'm happy to be part of an organization that has maintained its enthusiasm for this goal, and plan to remain involved with it for years to come.
My children have taken their projects to SARSEF for the last couple of years. While working on them, they are just something they have to do. But when they see their names on the list of winners, it clicks with them that they are being recognized for their hard work and their commitment. This past year, my oldest had the chance to present her project to SARSEF judges. It was one of her first interviews and she did great. It's another experience that prepares her for the future.
I had volunteered at my kids' school as a judge during their science fair for years. But when I saw the impact SARSEF had on my kids and all the other students, I quickly joined their board. I'm happy to commit my time to this organization.
I have been involved with SARSEF going back more than 2 decades when I was a judge for several years. I became more involved again about 10 years ago as a judge and more recently on it Board of Directors. SARSEF plays a major and unique role in providing STEM opportunities for thousands of students in Southern Arizona and has more recently provided professional development for teachers. It is an organization that I am proud to be a part of both as a Director and as a judge. While I can only put one "role" down below, I am a volunteer and also have professional expertise in this field. In the past, I have also been an advisor and a continuing donor,
What an impact SARSEF has made in our schools, in our communities and in Southern Arizona. Although my kids loved science, they benefited greatly from the outreach SARSEF provided. Collected data not only supports a research problem, but leverages self-confidence to adequately defend one's research to peers, teachers, industry-leaders and judges. Communicating research properly through SARSEF's tutelage has garnered my son interest and inquiries from highly selective universities. The mentorship provided high school students is amazing. The support for parent's to understand the importance of critical thinking skills is also incredibly amazing. Thank you for partnering with our school district in providing quality research opportunities, from pre-K through High School!
Great organization! I have volunteered at the annual science fair as a judge and as a board member. My experience with the children has proven the organization is successful in generating critical thinking skills in children K-12. All kids feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment in their projects. The children involved in SARSEF come from different backgrounds and demographics and truly stand out as best of the best! The staff and other board members are incredibly intelligent and caring individuals who's focus is on our young ones!
Thanks to SARSEF and their work in promoting Critical Thinking and Problem Solving among students across all grades.
By doing science fair and participating in STEM events hosted by SARSEF, both my kid are more engaged and familiar with science. They had won several awards and even scholarships for college education. I owe my kids confidence not only in making it easy for them to understand Science, but also thought them to be good at math and statistics to show the result of the work. They also become good readers, by reviewing research papers related to the experiments they do. The confidence they gained by talking to judges every year help them to learn the techniques to give a elevated pitch of the project they do and this builds the leaders in them. So SARSEF is just not improving the STEM but also developing future leaders from Southern Arizona. I would like to thank SARSEF for all the things they do. Keep up the good work!
SARSEF had helped my kids and students from my elementary school where I served as Science Far chair to think critically and problem solve issues. SARSEF's outreach program had helped kids to show interest in Science and Math. I have been involved with SARSEF as a judge for at least ten years and now serving them on their board to help them achieve their mission. SARSEF proves to be a great way for getting k -12 students involved and excited to exceed in science.
SARSEF is an amazing organization in Southern Arizona which helps kids think critically and solve problems through STEM education. Not only do they directly support and work with K12 kids, they also support teachers and parents!
They run a number of programs throughout the year including one of the biggest science fairs in the country - reaching thousands of students every year. They also bring together dozens of companies and community organizations to help students understand more about STEM careers at events throughout the year as well.
From my work-life to retirement, I have been involved with SARSEF, which teaches critical thinking and problem solving through science K-12. Over those years, I have personally witnessed the many youngsters whose lives have been changed by discovering success through their own persistence and hard work. Completing a science project produces no wrong answers; outcomes may not be as expected, but it's all part of learning. Failure is impossible. How exciting it is for a child to achieve success? I see this at SARSEF every day, and know that our future is in good hands.
SARSEF was promoting STEM education 50 years before Science, Technology, Engineering and Math studies were mainstream, sponsoring an annual "Science Fair" for Southern Arizona students for 61 years. Today, SARSEF's strength is reaching out to students and teachers in rural and underserved schools to provide the experiences, training and opportunities to allow them to compete on a level playing field. Statistics show that schools whose students participate in a competitive science activity, such as a science fair, do better on Arizona's annual required examinations. As a donor, parent of previous participants, board member and Fair judge, I can say equivocally that SARSEF's impact on our community and state is extraordinary.
This was my first Fair, and WOW I couldn't have been more inspired by the great work SARSEF does in preparing and celebrating Arizona's kids for success in the workforce. The sheer volume of students who participated shows what an impact this small team has made!
They help train children to think very critically, especially young kids starting at kindergarten and in underprivelaged schools. They are a great forum for kids to discover the fun and importance of doing and talking science.
SARSEF was instrumental in nurturing and sustaining my daughter's interest in biology, her eventual career choice. In the freshman year of high school, my daughter' s science fair project won first place because of which she was chosen to attend the science fair at the next level in SARSEF.
Although we came in with no expectations, the competition, professionalism, opportunities, and recognition offered by SARSEF blew her away and she will remain forever a SARSEF kid. SARSEF instilled in her a will to compete hard, allowed her to see the fruits of success, and get a taste of the next level in research. It helped form friends who were interested in research and the experience as a whole was absolutely central to her in choosing biology research as a career choice.
Following in her footsteps and motivated by all the goodness SARSEF has to offer, my younger daughter also participates eagerly in science fairs and it is a goal for her to make it to SARSEF every year. I could not think of a better thing for her to do now that she is in high school.
As a parent, I am grateful that SARSEF was there for our girls to help them see the next level in science and I cannot of think of another organization that could have played this role for them. The role of SARSEF in imparting STEM education in Southern Arizona is unrivaled and essential. I am grateful for this mission of SARSEF, because of which I joined to serve as a board member, a small way of giving back for the enormous difference it made in our two daughters' lives.
This is a long standing non profit with a smart, strategic plan to get kids interested in STEM. By introducing kids to fun, hands-on activities that use science & engineering concepts they are teaching critical thinking skills. SARSEF is doing their part to help build the next generation of innovative, problem solvers. Can't say enough good things about them!
This nonprofit organization is a leader in bringing meaningful science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the lives of young people. I am fortunate to have been a recipient of training provided to educators by SARSEF member Brooke Meyers. Under the leadership of Kathleen Bethel, this group of dedicated advocates have made great gains in raising community awareness. SARSEF focuses attention on the future of our children in an ever changing world.
Arizona is in desperate need of help with education but especially STEM! SARSEF is helping to fill part of the big void our current public education system has!
SARSEF is a fabulous nonprofit for students and teachers in Arizona! The organizers travel to our schools in Yuma for outreach and guidance for science projects. The competition that they put on is a wonderful event. My students love attending Future Innovators' Night! They engage the public with STEM activities and entertainment. The event is better than the science fair for the whole state!
SARSEF supports students, teachers and parents to embrace critical thinking through project based science and they do an outstanding job.
Very nice STEAM activities !!! After watching for several years then my son participated last year and won 2nd place. Now he is excited and motivated to do more projects and everyday comes up with new ideas
Thanks to SARSEF and their work in promoting science fairs across all grades, my daughter is more engaged and familiar with science. She was fortunate enough to win awards two years in a row and I now have a son going into kindergarten who is already thinking of his project! Keep up the good work!
SARSEF is a true gift and treasure of Southern Arizona providing hundreds of teaching opportunities to both students and educadors.
One of the most inspiring organizations in the country. This k-12 science fair is changing the way children engage with science.
As a high school science teacher in Tucson for the past 24 years, I have supported SARSEF since it provides students to present their research to judges. Without SARSEF our community would be diminished, and our students would not have opportunity to prepare themselves for college. Their judges provide their great support for the students' endeavors, and SARSEF makes the experience accessible through an easy to use web site, and a low cost for participation. Thank you SARSEF.
SARSEF is an amazing opportunity for my students to grow and love STEM education! They're always excited for the oppertunity to participate!
Outreach opportunities promote high student engagement, including hands on/interactive learning activities and more. What a STEM enriching experience for all students! Thank you.
SARSEF inspires children. My school, my class and even my own children have enjoyed participating in SARSEF year-to-year. Thank you SARSEF!
The SARSEF has been a wonderful organization to work with. The students get so much out of making science projects. It takes a lot resources to keep it going. Help out if you can.
Over the years, I have seen this program expand greatly. Not only are they focused on helping to make our students great thinkers, but they also want to give them a valuable experience in doing so. Teachers, parents, and students have been impressed with the attention to detail, and planning that is put in to all SARSEF events. Last year, we attended the awe-inspiring fair at the TCC. The students and parents were shocked by the amount of projects that were there to see, as well as the variety of information that we were able to gain by walking through the projects. Additionally, teachers, students, and family members attended the Future Innovators Night. We all were impressed with the quantity and variety of things to do and see there. It was a great time, and we look forward to these events every year.
SARSEF is an amazing science fair. Their dedication to the community as a whole and the students participating in their science fair is unparalleled. Through SARSEF I had the very fortunate opportunity to be chosen as an ISEF Finalist. SARSEF payed for my peers and my trip to the International Science Fair in Phoenix, AZ in which I had the amazing opportunity to participate in all the activities, symposiums, and judging sessions the top fair in the world had to offer. All in all SARSEF's commitment to students that choose to pursue science and engineering is quite a blessing.
An extraordinary organization that helps kids see the fun & rewarding side of STEM !
They provide free outreach to schools (K-12th grade) to talk to students, teachers & parents about how to go about starting a science project. The organization also supports a Future Innovators Night on the Friday of the SARSEFair for a more hands on experience of STEM - this is always a big hit and inspiring!
Very dedicated organization working to improve the quality of STEM education in our region of the country. Arizona is currently rated extremely low when it comes to education in the US, and it takes the work of organizations like SARSEF to augment and enhance the opportunities for our students and teachers. SARSEF is also very dedicated to providing teacher enrichment programs to help them be better prepared in teaching STEM curriculum.
Scientek-12 Foundation has grown tremendously over the years and their vision and mission continue to inspire thousands of students, teachers, parents, and community members in the process. Their voluntary board is hard working, dedicated, and very effective in achieving the objectives of their vision/mission statement. What an impact a small group of volunteers is having on the Southern AZ community.
Had an amazing trip to ISEF with this group! They did all of the grunt work and made the international science fair a wonderful experience for both my student and me.
SARSEF has benefited generations of young southern Arizonans by opening a door to the wonders of science understanding and creating a curiosity about our world that changes lives. I first encountered SARSEF as a young woman, employed at our local Science Center. I had worked in theater and other jobs without much focus and was astonished to discover such a diverse group of dedicated citizens who wanted to support public education, teachers, families, and especially children, by hosting a regional science fair each year that connected them to the amazing science resources in our community. Through my volunteering with SARSEF over the years, I have had the honor to work with top scientists, talented school teachers and community leaders. I have been amazed by children's creativity, spontaneity and sheer joy at using simple to very complex systems thinking to work through an interesting problem or hypothesis and report on outcomes. We are a science community and I can say that with pride because SARSEF has been there building a strong foundation for every child and connecting them to a better future.
SARSEF is Arizona's most impactful STEM organization reaching 60,000 K-12 students to participate in experimental science and math.
SARSEF is a motivating force for young scientists in Southern Arizona. What an experience it is to judge projects in March, and see what the students' creativity has come up with for projects. I have judged kids who I have later seen in YouTube videos, and some doing TED talks. These young people are the future, and SARSEF helps to get them on their way.
SARSEF is the best planned and managed science fair in Arizona! It is run by dedicated and efficient people. As a teacher of a student who went onto the next level of competition, I realized the amount of planning, fund-raising, and basically hard work that goes on behind-the-scenes. My student is motivated to pursue a career in science as result of the SARSEF and beyond experience. Keep up the good work and thank you!
Excellent foundation with extremely valuable events and resources for educators, parents, and students. Terrific SARSEF presenters who inspire students to think of genuine, unique, Science Fair projects (they will come to your school to present). The process of participating in SARSEF is a valuable, educational experience for any K-12 student and covers so many of the Az State Science Standards. I highly recommend!
My students at Prince Elementary had a wonderful time conducting and writing their Science Fair projects. They worked mostly in groups and did the work at school.Our school is a Title I school and our students are economically challenged.They had so much fun and talked about their projects with anyone who would listen. It was really meaningful.
As the Vice President on the Board of Directors for SARSEF, I can say I am completely dedicated to the mission and vision of this organization. As we move into the future with the help of Social Venture Partners, I am excited to see where we will go and what lies ahead. I know of no other organization who is more committed to bring high quality STEM experiences to ALL of our students in Southern Arizona. Our outreach impacts tens of thousands of students and hundreds of educators EACH year and growing! So proud to work with all those involved in this effort!
SARSEF is doing an exceptional job bringing STEM opportunities to tens of thousands of students in Southern Arizona. The amount of education outreach they do is incredible! The absolute best STEM non-profit organization in Southern Arizona!!!
SARSEF is an organization that is devoted to making a difference in the lives of many southern Arizona students. Providing not only the well-known yearly regional fair, SARSEF also attends many community functions sharing STEM related learning for all. Educational Outreach makes themselves available to all schools from Yuma to Douglas and Florence to Nogales that want to inspire students in STEM education. This organization will truly make a difference in the future of our community and country as it challenges students to identify problems and determine solutions that affect us all! Students who participate in SARSEF will have the skills to be successful adults adding to our work force with 21st century skills that are sought by employers. A devoted board and staff drive this organization forward!
I have had the fortunate experience of working with SciEnTek-12 for some time now. In this time I have seen first hand how science comes alive for students of all ages in our community. The commitment and dedication of all the individuals allows students to grow as individuals committed to STEM. The energy of the adults in this organization is freely shared so that all students can make a difference in their community. Students have the freedom to explore all areas of science, math, technology and engineering and are eager to have careers in these fields. This is an organization that leads children into the future with hope and confidence that they will make the world a better place.
They do a great job in an important area. Education in the science and engineering areas is crucial to our future.
This is a very important event that encourages the kids of the next generation to think outside of the box. Events like this can help foster their interests in science and engineering, and hopefully one day turn them into a scientist or engineer! Or at the least, an inquisitive soul with an itch to make things better.
I've worked with Sarsef as a judge at their major Sarsef event. I found the experience rewarding for me and I learned so much. The event was well run and I got to meet so many interesting people as we judged the student's projects. I'm sure the students also found the experience rewarding too.
Participating in their science fair was my first opportunity to experiment with plant genetics. It furthered my interest and helped solidify my desire to be a science major in college!
SARSEF is an incredible resource for K12 students, teachers and the entire Tucson community. We need young STEM talent to move into career pathways that keep our community strong -- and SARSEF makes that happen!
SARSEF is a great organization for getting science and engineering into Southern Arizona Rural Communities! It is wonderful that they offer so many free resources and services. Many teachers and children are impacted by this organization.
SARSEF is one of those organizations you just rely on. The instruction, ongoing mentoring, and actual competition that they engender for students (and teachers) is nothing short of amazing. Our science fairs have turned into "science phenomenals". My students have become more engaged and not only look forward to competitions more; they're positively joyous about it. I can't imagine having to do without their support anymore. They've become more of a fixture that someone/something just helping out.
I volunteer for this organization and also help organize Science Fair at an elementary school. The support I get from this organization is so great. Every year the students are so eager to get selected to enter into SARSEF. They really motivate students to pursue a STEM career.
I volunteer every year and every year it gets better!
I've volunteered as a science fair judge, and my organization Sky Island Alliance love to donate special awards every year. Our volunteers have also expressed how significant and meaningful it was to judge the awards on our behalf. The children's projects are so inspiring! A a scientist myself, I know these experiences and the encouragement they receive are crucial to raising the next generation of smart, passionate scientists. SARSEF needs your support!