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Former NOAA Vessel John Cobb in SE AK

Southeast Alaska Science Fair

The Southeast Alaska Science Fair (SASF) is an officially sanctioned member of International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The SASF, held in Juneau, Alaska, provides high school students in Southeast Alaska the opportunity to compete for scholarships and awards while learning to apply the scientific method to research questions. Each year the SASF has more than 120 projects competing for awards and the opportunity to advance to the ISEF. Projects that advance to the ISEF compete with more than 1,500 students from 40 countries for over $3 million in prize money and scholarships.

Auke Bay Labs (ABL) has become a major contributor to the success of the SASF. More than 25% of ABL staff serve as mentors; projects generally take several months for students to complete. In addition, more than 50% of ABL staff serve as judges for the fair. ABL staff members represent a significant proportion of the fair's board of directors and were responsible for developing the rules for judging. Many projects supported by ABL have advanced to the ISEF and a few have won prizes.

More outreach activities in Juneau.