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Workshop offers free science project help

Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation invites students and their parents to learn the ins and outs of creating a quality science or engineering project.

SARSEF experts will guide participants though the research process, and every child will leave with a relevant topic and testable question, project board, lab book and the beginnings of a project.

The organization will hold sessions at 4574 E. Broadway Blvd. for grades fourth through eighth on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.

A session for kindergarteners through third-graders will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Registration is required and the cost is $25. Contact: director@sarsef.org for more information and details.

Courts host civics contest for high-schoolers

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona are hosting a civics contest for Arizona high school students with cash prizes.

The theme of the contest is “The 14th Amendment 150 Years After Ratification: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?”

Students are asked to write an essay and/or produce a video focusing on how Congress and the federal courts have applied the Equal Protection Clause to their educational opportunities.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona will also conduct a local contest for students living in the state. Winners at the local level become finalists in the circuit contest.

Local contest winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

The top three finishers in the Ninth Circuit contest in both the essay and video competitions will receive $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

For more information, visit: www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest.

Entries will be accepted beginning Feb. 1 through April 1. Local contest winners will be announced in May and the Ninth Circuit winners in June.

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