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Arizona Science & Engineering Fair
Arizona Science Center is taking the reins of the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF), established in 2007 as a state-wide science competition for grades 5-12. The 2014 AzSEF will take place Monday, March 31, 2014 through Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Each year schools throughout the state select their most notable scholars to present their research at AzSEF and be recognized for their efforts. Winners are represented at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Phoenix served as the host city for ISEF in 2013 where AzSEF students from Hamilton High School in Chandler, BASIS in Scottsdale and University High School in Tucson went on to win awards for their projects in biochemistry, medicine, and health. Phoenix will serve as the ISEF host again in 2016 and 2019.
The Arizona Technology Council Foundation has served as the Fair's lead for the past four years, overseeing a period of significant growth in both participation and project quality.
The mission of the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) is to support and provide guidance to students and teachers throughout Arizona and ensure the continued availability and vitality of this statewide celebration of scientific inquiry for the citizens of Arizona. AzSEF exists solely for the betterment of youth in Arizona: to provide opportunities for interactions with professionals, presentation of ideas, career exploration, and project analysis for all youth in Arizona. The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair strongly supports under-represented groups through resources, training, mentor involvement, and project guidance. AzSEF staff, advisory board, and partners are committed to motivate, encourage, and support all student research through the philosophy, "everyone who participates is to be acknowledged for their efforts."
The efforts of the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair extend throughout the year supporting students, teachers, and schools to develop school fairs. While AzSEF hosts an average of 1500 students each year from across the state, over 9,000 students attend AzSEF pre-qualifying county fairs for the opportunity to present their research to the over 400 judges that volunteer their time each year at AzSEF.