SARSEF Awards

The Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) was held  April 12th at the Tucson Convention Center. Almost 2,000 project boards were displayed and judged by a team of volunteer scientists and engineers.

Students could receive recognition from a sponsoring group, a Grand Award, or, in some cases, both. Grand Awards represent the top three projects in that category and grade level in the Southern Arizona Region.

We are pleased to recognize the following students in the fourth, sixth, and eighth grades who were awarded special recognition.

Fourth Grade
Owen Brosanders:  Can Your Car Kill a Snail?            
Youth in Science

Oliver Lewis:  Light and Plant Growth                                                 
Grand Award: 2nd Place

Sixth Grade
Riley Egan and Lily Hays:  Have You Heard?
Grand Award: 2nd Place
ASQ Tucson Section Individual Merit Award

Simon In-Albon:  Trust in the Crust
Grand Award: 3rd Place

Robert Smith:  Counting Cacti
Grand Award: 2nd Place
Excellence in Desert Botany Research Award
Sonoran Desert Discovery
Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Eighth Grade
Fiona Fischer:  Caffeine Extraction of Coffees From Around the World
Grand Award: 2nd Place

Carmen Roe:  Butterfly Feeders – See Things in a Different Light
Grand Award: 1st Place
Peter Parker Award for Excellence in Insect Science

Talia Zuckerman-Brown:  Multilingual Minds
Grand Award: 3rd Place

Science Fair Winners

Fourth Grade Science Fair Winners
1st Place Monet Zuniga “How Clean?”
2nd Place Owen Brosanders “Can your Car Kill Your Snail?”
3rd Place Claire Zeiller “What Makes a Tile Tidy?”
Hon. Mention Chase Puntenney “Fire and Floods”
Hon. Mention Kamila Peña “Cells in Strawberries”
Hon. Mention Tennyson Ochoa “Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid, Or Put it in Your Hair”
Hon. Mention Adriana Blair “Still Going”
Hon. Mention Katherine Tirrito “Will Strawberries Mold?”
Hon. Mention Oliver Lewis “Light and Plant Growth”
Hon. Mention Lila Poore “Which Cat Litter Clumps Best?”
Sixth Grade Science Fair Winners
1st Place Bobby Smith “Do Different Factors Affect Saguaro Growth?
2nd Place Scarlett Street “Turn Down for What?”
3rd Place Riley Egan & Lily Hays “Have You Heard?”
Hon. Mention Olivia Gastrock “A Propeller’s Angle-of-Attack Affects Thrust”
Hon. Mention Simon In-Albon “Trust in the Crust!”
Eighth Grade Science Fair Winners
1st Place Talia Zuckerman-Brown “Multilingual Minds”
2nd Place Chloe Pesqueira “Soiled Soles”
3rd Place Carmen Roe “Butterfly Feeders: See Things in a Different Light”
Hon. Mention Fiona Fischer “Caffeine Extraction of Coffees from Around the World”
Hon. Mention Varga Michaud “Hair Meets Heat”

STEM Night

Next Thursday, Feb. 15th, is STEM Night at St. Michael’s. It is the culmination of the Science Fair Week and will offer exciting, interactive activities for all ages. Here is the short list of offerings:

  • Science Project Presentations – the Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth graders will present their projects at 6:00 p.m.6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. respectively.  Please make it a priority to ask them about their projects.  It is very disappointing to stand there for twenty minutes and not have any audience!
  • First Grade Inventors Convention – First graders have researched various inventors and will be sharing their findings at 5:30 p.m.
  • Kids’ Zone – activities especially geared to grades Kindergarten through Third, including a musical instrument maker space and microscopic investigations.
  • Math-Mania – math activities and games to challenge even the most ‘mathy’ minds
  • STEM in the Ancient World – catapults and sugar cube arches
  • Optics challenges – sponsored by NOAO
  • Student-led StemAzing projects
  • Brain Stem – discover electricity
  • U of A School of Architecture 
  • U of A Biochemistry Club
  • U of A CATalyst Science Outreach Club with Arizona Math Road Show
  • DNA extractions with U of A Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Robotics and hydraulics demonstrations
  • Salpointe Stembassadors
  • UHS Stem Club
  • Spirit Store – hats, hoodies, and wristbands for sale
  • Food – pizza and more – no need to stop for fast food or to cook at home
  • Door Prizes – available to those who engage in the activities provided.

As you can see, this is a BIG event. Come and be part of it.  You will be amazed!

Science Fair Awards

The Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) was held March 29 and April 1 at the Tucson Convention Center. Almost 2,000 project boards were displayed and judged by a team of volunteer scientists and engineers.

Students could receive recognition from a sponsoring group, a Grand Award, or, in some cases, both. Grand Awards represent the top three projects in that category and grade level in the Southern Arizona Region.

We are pleased to recognize the following students in the fourth, sixth, and eighth grades who were awarded special recognition.

4th Grade
William Levine – “Want More Sugar”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Cellular and Microbiological Sciences

Jackie Peterson  – “Sharpie Take Down”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Chemical Sciences

Madeline Stagg – “Ruff Workout”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
The Whitney Award for Best Animal Related Project
Behavioral and Social Sciences

6th Grade
Zoe Flagg  – “Drought-Resistant Soil”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Boone Lewis  – “Worm Composting”
SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
Animal and Plant Sciences

8th Grade
Nathan Chabin and Martin Gioannetti    – “Particles Matter”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Katherine Hawes  – “Bad Vibrations”
SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
The Bookmans Love Of Reading Award
Behavioral and Social Sciences

UA Science: Sky School works with students in grade 8-12 to develop and execute field-based research projects for the regional science fair, run by the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF). Each student is paired with a University of Arizona undergraduate student mentor and a UA graduate student science advisor to conduct an original field study, culminating in a final presentation at SARSEF. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the scientific inquiry process, utilizing the unique environment of Sabino Canyon.  The following students received awards at SARSEF through this program:

Andrew Gioannetti and Willa Kleiner – “Biodiversity of Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in Sabino Creek”
SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place
Biodiversity Award
Community Service Award
Phoenix Comicon Science Award
Sky Island Advocate
Young Water Scientist
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Congratulations to all our winners!

St. Michael’s Lego Robotics

robotics-teamThe St. Michael’s Lego Robotics Team traveled to Wilson K-8 School on Saturday, December 3, to compete in a regional tournament. A total of 25 teams were in attendance. Our fantastic team of ten enthusiastic boys performed admirably in this, their rookie season. During the unofficial practice round, their robot, which was nicknamed the Terminator, was able to score an impressive 51 points for the accurate completion of three missions on the competition board. In addition to competing with their robot, the boys were stellar in the presentation of their bat research, a project requirement in keeping with this year’s theme of Animal Allies. We are very proud of our team and their accomplishments. They demonstrated gracious professionalism throughout the day, and they certainly gathered a great deal of knowledge for future competitions.

Team Members: Logan Corrado, Jack Douglass, Leo Foust, Nick Martinez-Ross, Charlie Peterson, Jensen Peyton, JJ Salkowski, Atticus Smith, Kenny Strong, and Michael von Guilleaume. Coaches: Matt Santucci and Jennifer Gould