Welcome to the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair

Important Dates & Times

Saturday April 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Saturday April 03, 2021 at 12:00 PM

 

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Welcome to AzSEF 2021!

We are excited to move forward with AzSEF in a virtual format this year.  Even though we will not be together in person, AzSEF will still provide Arizona's best student-scientists and engineers the opportunity to showcase their amazing work, compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, and in the case of the Senior Division, the opportunity to move on to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF).  

 

Updates 3.22.21

As we get close to the start of AzSEF 2021, here are a few updates:

  • Project judging and student interviews are scheduled between Monday, March 29 - Thursday, April 1, 2021. More information for students can be found on the Student Home Page, while information for judges can be found on the Judge Home Page.
  • AzSEF Public Day 2021 is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2021. For more information please check out the Open House page found HERE
  • The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM.

 

 

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Arizona Science Center’s Teen Advisory Board has planned a “get together” event for each AzSEF division to provide an opportunity for you to meet other students and have a little fun. Each division has its own date/time and registration link, so make sure to register for the right one! 

 

Elementary Division | March 30 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Register Here

Junior Division | March 30 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Register Here

Senior Division | April 1 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Register Here

 

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Site Navigation:

In order to register as a teacher, student, judge, or volunteer you will first need to choose the appropriate tab at the top of this page. All roles will require you to create an account on the ZFAIRS platform. Students and teachers will create an account AND complete a separate registration form.

 

AzSEF 2021 Important Dates                 

November 1, 2020 Judge and Volunteer Registration Opens
February 8, 2021 (8:00 AM) Student Registration Opens
March 15, 2021 (11:59 PM) Student Registration Closes
March 29 - April 1, 2021 AzSEF Judging
April 2, 2021 Public Day
April 3, 2021 (time TBD) AzSEF Awards Ceremony

 

Fair Directors, Teachers, and Students:

A few notes for before you begin:

  • Only first-place winning projects will advance to AzSEF. Students in grades 5–12 who have placed first at a school, homeschool, district, county, or regional science fair are eligible to compete at AzSEF.
  • A maximum of 3 projects per division level will be accepted from each school fair in the Elementary and Junior Divisions.
  • A maximum of 12 projects per division level will be accepted from each district fair in the Elementary and Junior Divisions.
  • A maximum of 15 projects division level will be accepted from each regional fair in the Elementary and Junior Divisions.
  • There is no set capacity on the number of first-place projects for the Senior Divisions.
  • In the event that a fair does not give place awards, it is the discretion of the fair director to send the project considered the best representative of the category selected.

What information you will need for Project Registration:

  • The project name, division, and category you are entering for each project registration.
     
  • You will need to know the students' names, grades, ethnic origin, and email addresses.
     
  • You will need to know the students' school district. If your school is not listed, teachers may create an account to register their school.
     
  • You will be required to pay $20 per student registered. All orders must be paid to complete/finalize registration. Registration fees are non-refundable. Checks are payable to the Arizona Science Center.

Schools can choose to pay by PO and have the ability to generate an invoice once all of their students have registered.  

 

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Please contact Beth Nickel, AzSEF Fair Director, at nickelb@azscience.org with any questions.

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Student's Main Page for 2021

Arizona Science & Engineering Fair!  

ONLY STUDENTS THAT HAVE WON FIRST PLACE AT A SCHOOL, HOMESCHOOL, DISTRICT, COUNTY, OR REGIONAL FAIR CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE LEVEL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR!

 

Student Interview Information

Student/team interviews will be conducted between Monday, March 29 - Thursday, April 1, 2021.  As in years past, all students/teams have the opportunity to be interviewed in order to answer any questions the judges may have regarding your project. This is an important part of the science fair process as it provides students the opportunity to improve their science communication skills.  

  1. These are currently being scheduled and you will be notified no later than this Friday of your date/time. 
  2. Interviews will take place within the zFairs platform, and are scheduled by project ID number. 
  3. Interviews will be no more than 15 minutes in length and will include all judges at the same time.
  4. The goal is that all projects will be reviewed/scored by at least 3 judges. 
  5. Projects being considered for a Special Award may have an additional interview scheduled if needed.
  6. A tentative interview schedule can be found below. The times may vary based on the number of projects and judges for each category.

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Student Interview Instructions.pdf

 

Project Correction Period

For those students who received an email stating the Display and Safety Team identified something with their presentation materials that need to be corrected, the zFairs platform will be open for you to submit the corrections between Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 AM and Thursday, March 25th at 11:59 PM. 

 

 

 

Please select the "Create Account" tab above and then the "Student" listing. You will need to create your student login and complete the form for registration. When selecting your school from the menu, PLEASE confirm that you are selecting the correct school! Many have the same name but are in different towns. You will be able to come back to your registration to add additional information and upload your forms and project documents.

Instructions with screenshots: Registration and Project Image Upload Instructions.pdf

Be sure to select the appropriate division and category when registering.

  • The Elementary (grades 5-6) and Junior (grades 7-8) Division Categories are listed together as "Elementary & Junior".  
  • The Senior Division (grades 9-12) Categories are listed independently as "Senior".

All projects involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, and/or Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents MUST obtain project approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Scientific Review Committee (SRC) prior to starting the project. Failure to obtain prior approval will result in disqualification at AzSEF. If your school does not have an IRB or SRC contact, please contact azsefsrc@azscience.org for assistance.

Each project team is limited to a maximum of (3) Team members.

Elementary and Junior Division students with projects that contain any of the above-mentioned criteria must have this form to compete.

All Senior Division students are required to have completed ISEF paperwork. All Senior Division projects must fill out and upload the official Abstract, Forms 1, 1A and 1B. Form 1C and Form 7 also need to be completed and uploaded if applicable.  If you are unsure about which forms you need to complete, the ISEF Rules Wizard can help. ISEF FORMS

All forms and project presentations must be uploaded into ZFAIRS by 11:59 PM on March 15, 2021. No exceptions. 

 

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Welcome to the Teacher's Main Page for the 2021

Arizona Science & Engineering Fair

 

 

Updates 3.22.21

 

Project Correction Information

You and your student MAY receive an email today (3.22.21) or tomorrow (3.23.21) stating that the Display & Safety team identified a problem with their project. If you/your students get this, don’t worry! We are providing a period of time where they can go in and correct the identified problem(s). The zFairs platform will be re-opened between Wednesday morning @7:00 AM - Thursday evening @ 11:59 pm (March 24-25, 2021) so students can make the needed changes. 

The most common concerns identified include:

  • Name/school listed on the title page of the project presentation and/or quad chart
  • No project ID number on the title page or the wrong project ID number (number from a previous fair)
  • Mentor identified 
  • Missing required documents (quad chart at the Senior Division). Quad charts should be uploaded as a separate document, not as part of the project presentation. However, this will not cause a concern for competition.
  • Project background contains too much color (should be white)
  • Project presentation exceeds 12 pages in length
  • Live links (other than on the reference page) within the project presentation.  If a student has a simulation that needs to be shown the link should be uploaded as a video. This can be done on the profile page.
  • Images of people other than the project authors should either have faces blurred OR signed consent forms. These can be uploaded as one of the “images” on the project upload tab.

All of the above information was included in the Project Requirement document that has been on the AzSEF website since September and can be found below. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

AZSEF_ISEF Senior Division Project Requirements.pdf

AZSEF Elementary & Junior Divisions Project Requirements.pdf

 

Student Interview Information

Student/team interviews will be conducted between Monday, March 29 - Thursday, April 1, 2021.  As in years past, all students/teams have the opportunity to be interviewed in order to answer any questions the judges may have regarding your project. This is an important part of the science fair experience as it provides students the opportunity to improve their scientific communication skills. 

  1. These are currently being scheduled and you will be notified no later than this Friday of your date/time. 
  2. Interviews will take place within the zFairs platform, and are scheduled by project ID number. 
  3. Interviews will be no more than 15 minutes in length and will include all judges at the same time.
  4. The goal is that all projects will be reviewed/scored by at least 3 judges. 
  5. Projects being considered for a Special Award may have an additional interview scheduled if needed.
  6. The tentative interview schedule is below. The times may vary based on the number of projects and judges for each category.
  7. Instructions on how students can access the interview rooms are below.

Student Interview Instructions.pdf

tentative-azsef-interview-schedule.pdf

 

 

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To get started, you will first need to select the "Create Account" tab above to create your ZFAIRS account. Make sure your school is listed. If your school is not already listed, select "Register Another School". You will be asked for your school's contact information (address, phone number, and website) and whether or not the school will be paying for the student registrations. Once your school is listed you can proceed to the "Teacher" registration tab. 

You will need to create your teacher login to complete the registration formRegistering on this website gives you access to all paperwork submitted by your students (if they select you as their teacher). It also allows us to contact you with updates and questions. If you are already registered, please check to be sure that your school and contact information is accurate.

Student registration opens on February 8, 2021 and closes on March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. No projects will be allowed in the Fair after this date. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Be sure to select the appropriate division and category when registering.

  • The Elementary (grades 5-6) and Junior (grades 7-8) Division Categories are listed together as "Elementary & Junior". 
  • The Senior Division (grades 9-12) Categories are listed independently.

All projects involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, and/or Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents MUST obtain project approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Scientific Review Committee (SRC) prior to starting the project. Failure to obtain prior approval will result in disqualification at AzSEF. If your school does not have an IRB or SRC contact, please contact azsefsrc@azscience.org for assistance.

Elementary and Junior Division students with projects that contain any of the above-mentioned criteria must have this form to compete.

All Senior Division students are required to have completed ISEF paperwork. You must complete and upload the official Abstract Form and Forms 1, 1A and 1B. You must also complete Form 3 and Form 7 if applicable. ISEF Forms 

All Senior Division Students must upload their SRC forms and project documents by March 15, 2021.  

If you have any questions on forms, please email azsefsrc@azscience.org 

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Judge Updates 3.22.21

I can't believe that AzSEF 2021 is one week away! I am excited to have you all serve as judges and provide Arizona students the opportunity to share the amazing work they completed during this unprecedented year.  Please provide your home address HERE so we can send you a box of goodies for use during judging.

 

Since all judging will take place virtually this year it will be different than in years past. 

  • Each judge will be assigned projects to review and score prior to interviewing the student/team. This can be done at your own pace as long as it is complete before you meet with the student(s). 
  • The tentative Interview Schedule can be found HERE. Times may vary slightly depending on the number of projects per category, but it provides an idea of when each division/category will conduct interviews. You will be notified of the exact interview times when you receive your list of projects.
  • Prior to student interviews, each division/category judging group will have an assigned time to meet in the judging room within the zFairs platform to discuss any questions about the process and determine any common interview questions.
  • Once all judging in a category is complete, judges will meet in an assigned judge room within the zFairs platform at an assigned time to caucus. 
  • Special Award judges will review eligible projects and join interviews when possible. If needed, additional interviews may be scheduled.

Below you will find links to the slides and the recording of Saturday's training sessions, as well as a  roughly 10-minute recording showing how to maneuver through the system. 

Please note that there are many live links within the slide document. Anything that is written in blue and underlined is a link to another document. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. The recorded session includes all questions and responses from myself, Sari, and others who have judged previously, but if you have other questions just let me know.

 

 

I am currently working on the schedules for the pre- and post-judging category meetings, as well as judging assignments. The pre-judging meeting will provide the opportunity for all judges in the same category/division to get together with the team lead to introduce yourselves, ask any questions you may have, and determine if there are common questions to ask during project interviews. The post-judging meeting is where you can caucus and finalize the winners.

Check your inbox over the next few days as I will be sending this schedule and your projects to review as soon as possible!

 

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AzSEF 2021 Judge Registration

Thank you for your interest in serving as a judge for AzSEF 2021! This year will be a little different as we are going VIRTUAL for the first time in our history. Even though participants, their families, volunteers,  judges, and sponsors will not be together face to face for these events, there is still a huge need for both judges and volunteers. 

The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) is the state-level fair for Arizona. Managed by Arizona Science Center, AzSEF brings together first-place winners from school, homeschool, district, county, and regional science fairs across Arizona to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships. The Grand Award winners in the Senior Division from AzSEF will be selected to compete at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF), which is also going virtual in 2021. 
 

Judge Qualifications:

  • Senior Division (grades 9-12) - Senior division judges should be a professional in their field(s),  preferably with at least five years experience, and/or hold an advanced degree (masters or doctorate).
  • Junior Division (grades 7-8) - Junior division judges should hold a bachelor's degree, have some experience in their field, or teach in the selected area. 
  • Elementary Division (grades 5-6) - Elementary division judges must have some post-high school education, with some experience in the age level selected, and/or interest in the field. College-level Juniors and Seniors majoring in a science or engineering field are eligible to judge in this division.

 

STEPS TO REGISTER AS A JUDGE:

1. Please select the "Create Account" tab above and then the "Judge" listing.

2. Create your login information and complete the Account Registration Form. You will need this information any time you log in to the system. 

3. All information does not have to be completed at one time. Once you have created and saved your login information you can return to finish the registration form if needed. 

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for AzSEF 2021! This year will be a little different as we are going VIRTUAL for the first time in our history. Even though participants, their families, volunteers,  judges, and sponsors will not be together face to face for these events, there is still a huge need for both judges and volunteers. 

The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) is the state-level fair for Arizona. Managed by Arizona Science Center, AzSEF brings together first-place winners from school, homeschool, district, county, and regional science fairs across Arizona to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships. The Grand Award winners in the Senior Division from AzSEF will be selected to compete at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF), which is also going virtual in 2021. 
 

STEPS TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER:

1. Please select the "Create Account" tab above and then the "Volunteer" listing.

2. Create your login information and complete the Account Registration Form. You will need this information any time you log in to the system. 

3. All information does not have to be completed at one time. Once you have created and saved your login information you can return to finish the registration form if needed. 

 

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