The Tucson-based nonprofit SARSEF has released an online platform called SARSEF School Fairs for Arizona schools to host virtual science fairs for free, giving students an opportunity to showcase their science and engineering projects online.
School Fair Directors can register their schools, upload projects, and open the virtual Exhibit Hall to caregivers, relatives, fair judges, and friends so they can view the projects and help celebrate Arizona’s student scientists and engineers.
“I am most proud of how it provides a free way to showcase the incredible science of Arizona students. In this time of strained resources, it means a lot that we are able to offer a free solution for science fairs to still have a place in schools,” shared Danniey Wright. “Otherwise, we know fairs could potentially go on the chopping block. But the fairs are important to continue to engage students in active research.”
Wright is Volunteer and Events Manager at SARSEF as well as Fair Director for their regional science and engineering fair.
Projects can be uploaded in the same PDF format that will be accepted by the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair. Every school has its own password-protected virtual project floor, and once winners are selected, Fair Directors can indicate what projects have won with virtual trophies that will display by the project on the site.
SARSEF’s regional science and engineering fair will take place virtually March 1 through March 6. Arizona’s state science and engineering fair will also be virtual and will be March 29 through April 3.