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2012 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair

by Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP
Arizona Health Sciences Library, Phoenix Campus
University of Arizona, College of Medicine

On April 3, 2012, more than 600 of the best and brightest young scientific minds were present at the 2012 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) in downtown Phoenix. The University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) was represented by Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Librarian, Tucson Campus; and Kathleen Carlson, Education Librarian, Phoenix Campus. The librarians demonstrated National Library of Medicine resources, including PubMed and MedlinePlus, using iPads.

Students in grades 5-12 participate in AzSEF. The students are divided into three divisions based on their grade level. They are elementary division grades 5-6, junior division grades 7-8, and senior division grades 9-12. Students residing within 15 miles of affiliated fairs must place first in their category and follow the fair rules and deadlines to be eligible to register for AzSEF. Students who have placed first in their school, local, or regional fair are also eligible to participate at AzSEF. Primary and secondary students from all across Arizona submit their science project boards for display in the South Hall of the Phoenix Convention Center judging area.

The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair is the annual culmination of science and engineering studies in Arizona K-12 schools, and is a part of the Arizona Technology Council. More than 140 schools participated in this year’s AzSEF, along with more than 400 volunteer judges. Next year only students placing first in a school, district, or county fair will be eligible to register for AzSEF. Following are the scientific project areas of competition:

  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular & molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth & planetary science
  • Energy & transportation
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences

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