THA Students Win Four Awards at Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to the THA students who brought home awards at SARSEF last weekend! SARSEF is the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Fair. Sixth graders in Mrs. Lehrfeld’s class worked tirelessly throughout the third quarter to identify personal interests and research topics, ultimately coming up with a testable scientific question. They did background research, identified variables, designed experimental procedures, conducted experiments, collected data, analyzed that data, discussed the results and ultimately accepted or rejected their hypotheses. They then presented their projects in digital format and the top seven projects went on to represent THA at SARSEF.

Over 2,000 projects were submitted to SARSEF from students across Southern Arizona and we are proud to report that four out of seven of THA’s projects won awards! Please congratulate the winners:

Isaac Hunter- First Place Grand Award for Swine and Canines- A Comparison of Bacteria*
*Isaac’s project has advanced to the Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair on March 30th and 31st in Phoenix.

This pet-loving student wanted to determine if his pet pigs are as dirty as people say they are, so he compared the microorganisms found on his pet pigs to those on his pet dogs.

KaLeah Hicks, Celia Singer, and Mila Sargus- Second place for The Mealworm Energy Experiment 
Students experimented to determine whether mealworms in the larval stage would be more likely to choose foods with a high calorie content over low calorie foods.

Ari Araiza- Sponsored Award (Award Sponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society) for Mysteries of the Malleable Metals 
This student jewelry maker compared the malleability of copper and brass in an attempt to determine the best materials for his jewelry projects.

Sammy Strassfeld- Sponsored Award (Award Sponsored by the Lee and Jack Mayer Memorial Award for Excellence in Science) for How Does Salt Affect the Speed of Water 

This student experimented to determine whether the density of water due to its salt content would affect the speed at which it flows downhill.


Ms. Lehrfeld states, “I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of my students, even those who did not participate in SARSEF directly. This project took an immense amount of time and effort and every single sixth grader can walk away proud of what they accomplished.”

Mazel Tov, sixth graders!