SARSEF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit with a mission to create Arizona's Future Critical Thinkers through Science and Engineering.

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SARSEF is the only program in the U.S that provides a comprehensive scope of on-site service: teaching STEM research skills to students, providing professional development to teachers, and teaching parents at Parent Science Nights-all at no cost to participants. Last year, almost half of schools were located in Title 1 areas of poverty. This figure is unmatched at present by any other program. Teaching and learning in the school environment has been extended into outreach events such as festivals, museum days and events focused on at least one area of the STEM spectrum-attesting to enthusiasm for SARSEF's programs in the wider community. The program is important to changing lives. Children realize bigger futures for themselves as a result of participating in SARSEF. From a student who received her first trophy for "using my brain!" to the high school student who discovered his true calling in life was not as an automotive manager and is now at Harvard, the impact is undeniable. Currently, SARSEF impacts 95,000 K-12 students, 1,000 parents and 5,000 teachers each year. SARSEF knows what works, and we need to help more students. The very life we impact might be the one who goes on on to change the world some day.

Address: 4574 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
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AZ State Tax Credit Info: No Arizona Tax Credit
Alliance Member?: Yes
Service Areas: Yuma, Santa Cruz, Pima, Pinal, Greenlee, Graham, Cochise
SARSEF challenged the students in a classroom on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Sells, AZ to solve a problem that was going on in their daily lives using science and engineering. Arne and Jaquel designed a solar heater out of the soda cans from the garbage to help their sick grandmother who did not have heat. They entered their project and not only won a trip to the International Fair, they won summer internships with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. Both are now Juniors in the Honors College majoring in Engineering at the University of Arizona.

"SARSEF takes ordinary people and turns them into scientists." Dr Margaret Wilch, Tucson High Magnet High School Teacher

"SARSEF gave me an opportunity to do something I've always wanted to do--learn about rockets!" Walter K., 8th Grade Student