Volunteer registration is now open for SARSEF’s 67th annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The 2022 Fair will be a hybrid event with all student projects submitted digitally, celebrated during an outdoor Community STEM Expo and Award Ceremony at Reid Park, on Saturday, March 5th from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Volunteers are needed for both virtual and in-person roles, serving as judges, monitors, and event support. Join us in supporting the innovators, problem solvers, and leaders of tomorrow from the comfort of your own home, or in-person as we transform Reid Park into a STEM wonderland.
For more info on the Fair, visit https://sarsef.org/sarsef-fair/.
“Do you remember a teacher or mentor from your childhood who pointed out that you were good at something? As a volunteer or judge at the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair, you get to be that person encouraging and rewarding students for their hard work in the sciences. Imagine the difference you can make in their lives,” shared Julie Euber, SARSEF CEO and Judging Chair.
For more info on serving as a judge, visit https://sarsef.org/volunteers/judges/.
“I’m honored to volunteer time each year to the SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair and to the organization as a whole. Their focus on developing young scientists through mentoring and teaching the value of the scientific process is critical to a well-rounded educational experience. Mentors and judges are critical to this ongoing work, and I highly encourage scientists from all fields to consider volunteering their time to support their future colleagues,” said Roxana Samaniego, Ph.D., Psychologist and dedicated SARSEF judge.
The 2021 Fair had over 1,000 projects submitted, and judges awarded $117,809 in grand awards and scholarships to 921 students – 71% of all award winners attended a Title I school. Awards are given to students and teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. Judging will take place on different days by grade level February 28 through March 3. Volunteer opportunities are available February 22 through March 5. Time commitments range from a few hours to several days.
For more information on volunteering and to register, visit https://sarsef.org/volunteers/.
Beyond the fair, SARSEF works year-round to ensure all students have the resources and access they need to pursue their own science projects. Students are encouraged to think of a problem in their lives, community or world that they would want to solve, while teachers and parents receive guidance on how to support students’ work.