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March 1
March 6
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Bioscience, Heath & Medicine, Chemistry, Physics & Mathematics, Engineering, Field Sciences, Space & Astronomy, Sustainability & Earth Sciences, Technology & Computer Science
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Youth, Teen

2021 SARSEF Fair

The 2021 Regional SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair will be held virtually March 1st-6th, 2021. 

Important Dates

January 20, 2021 – SARSEF Fair Registration Opens

February 21, 2021 – SARSEF Fair Registration Closes

March 1-6, 2021 – SARSEF Fair 2021

   Monday, 3/1 – Elementary School Interviews and Judging

   Tuesday, 3/2 – Middle School Interviews and Judging

   Wednesday, 3/3 – High School Interviews and Judging

   Thursday, 3/4 – High School Interviews and Judging

   Friday, 3/5 – Public Viewing Day, Future Innovators Day

   Saturday, 3/6 – Live-streaming Awards Ceremonies, Time TBA

March 15, 2021 – Award and Trophy Pick-up Begins at SARSEF Office

What can I expect at the Virtual SARSEF Fair?

  • Student projects will be presented on a SARSEF Fair website that will include a virtual exhibit hall and main stage for a live award ceremony broadcast.
  • Project judging will occur virtually using the same SARSEF Fair criteria as in the past. Grand Awards and Sponsored Awards will be given as usual.
  • School allocations will remain the same as the 2020 SARSEF Fair.
  • Interviews at the High School level will be required as usual and will occur virtually.
  • Middle School students are also highly encouraged to do interviews.
  • If they desire, Elementary School students will also have an opportunity to be interviewed.
  • Finalists will compete for over $100,000 of cash and prizes, including scholarships and trips.
  • Due to the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the $10 project registration fee will be optional. SARSEF is seeking a generous sponsor willing to cover all project registration fees.

Virtual Project Presentation Requirements:

  • Project Presentations must be a single PDF document with a maximum of 15 pages (up to 25 if including pages from a lab journal/notebook). This can be created through Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or a word-processing application. Students will not create a physical project board for the regional SARSEF Fair.
    • One slide each for Title, Introduction, Research Question & Hypothesis/Prediction. As many slides as needed for Procedures, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
  • Page size should be American standard 8½”X11” and created in landscape orientation.
  • The smallest allowable font size of body text is 14 pt. All text should be easily readable. (Please consider this in font choices.) Exception: You may use a smaller font size, down to 10 pt., for figure captions or photo credits.
  • All Project Presentation elements must conform to D&S rules as if placed on a physical poster for display to judges and the public. Passing a Display & Safety inspection will be required to compete.
  • Project journals/lab notebooks can be completed physically or digitally. (Physical journal pages should be scanned to submit electronically.)
  • High School students will also be responsible for creating a Quad Chart that should be presented as the the first page of their pdf Project Presentation (in lieu of a Title Page).
  • High School students will also be responsible for writing a research paper to submit with their Project Presentation. Please see ISEF’s research paper instructions for this requirement.
  • Students may create a video to accompany their project if they desire. There will be a place to provide a YouTube link for any videos they’ve created of them talking about their project. Uploading and creating the YouTube link will be the responsibility of the student. Any videos are completely optional and will not factor into judging. Judges will not see these videos until all judging decisions have been made. Videos will not be available to any viewers until our public viewing day (Friday, March 5th).
  • View sample projects (PK-8):

Need information on School Science Fairs? Click here.

Other questions? Write to or call (520) 273-8259

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.