KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 3/7/10, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Kathleen Bethel, Director, SARSF (Southern AZ Regional Science & Engineering Fair), and  Melissa Lamberton, University of Arizona Graduate,  SciEnTeK-12 Board Member and a Research Specialist at the U of A Water Resources Research Center.

The Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair is funded by the SciEnTeK-12 Foundation.

Baker says this year’s Fair (SARSEF) is the week of March 8 at the Tucson Convention Center.  She says it is open to all students k-12.  She says about 1300 projects will be displayed, judged, and open for public view. She says 25-30% of the projects receive awards ranging from certificates of excellence, cash, trophies, to scholarships.  She says 80 of the 5th to 8th graders are nominated for the national Discovery Channel Young Scientist Competition and two individual high school projects, one team high school project, and one 8th grade observer are selected to attend the Intel International Science-Engineer Fair.

Lamberton says she owes her career success to SARSEF, which now more than ever needs donations, even if only a few dollars per contributor.