Arizona Science & Engineering Fair showcases students work
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Arizona Science and Engineering Fair showcases student projects

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  • Shannon Sowby/Arizona Science Center

Arizona’s very own state science and engineering fair is taking place in Phoenix March 31 through April 2. The 2014 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) will bring together more than 1,200 of Arizona’s most innovative students from across the state to vie for prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest science and engineering competition.

Entries include everything from a yummy gummy bear lab to the effect of pH levels on fresh and salt water organisms to wind turbine generators.

“There’s no limit to what a child’s imagination and ingenuity can bring to life,” said Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “These students are our next generation of innovators and the Fair is a great way to encourage their exploration of the world around them, while preparing them for the careers of the future.”

Arizona youth in fifth through twelfth grades are eligible to enter the competition in categories including behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, engineering, mathematical sciences, medicine, physics and astronomy, and more.

The public is invited to attend on Wednesday, April 2, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to explore AzSEF entries and enjoy hands-on/minds-on STEM activities orchestrated by AzSEF partners. Sponsors include Intel, ASU College of Technology & Innovation, ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Broadcom MASTERS, Ambassador Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Freeport-McMoRan, GoDaddy, Honeywell, Maricopa Community Colleges , SRP, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

Managed by Arizona Science Center, AzSEF brings together first-place winners from school, homeschool, district, county and regional science fairs. The Grand Award winners in the Senior Division will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, taking place in Los Angeles May 11-16, where they’ll compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and prizes.


When:             March 31 to April 2, 2014

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; March 31 – Student sign-in and project registration
10 a.m. – noon; April 1 – Elementary division judging
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; April 1 – Junior division judging
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.; April 1 – Senior division judging
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April 2 – Public and project halls open with STEM activities
6 – 8 p.m.; April 2 – Awards ceremony

Where:            Phoenix Convention Center – West Hall, Lower Level

185 N. Second St., Phoenix 85004

About Arizona Science Center

The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. The purpose of the professional learning and development department is to advance educational leadership, quality teaching, and parent & community engagement for student learning.

The Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and a five-story IMAX® theater. For more information, visit or call 602-716-2000.