Sister Joseph Marie Armer of Incarnate Word College, now the University of the Incarnate Word, in San Antonio, Texas founded the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering (ARASE) in 1956. For FIFTY years ARASE has been encouraging students to present their scientific research to the public at our annual Science and Engineering Fair. Students utilize the scientific process in conducting an experiment and defending the results before members of the scientific community. Parents and Educators experience the satisfaction of mentoring students as they explore new challenges.
Above all, the fair shows that science is as exciting as a young mind seeking discovery, and as important as solving the mysteries of our physical world.
We cover thirty-two surrounding counties with over 700 students in grades six through twelve choosing from fourteen different categories in which to compete at our regional science fair. ARASE will qualify nine science projects to compete at the international level science fair known as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The Intel ISEF is considered the world series of science fairs. Our mission is to advance public understanding and appreciation of science, especially among young people.
– An Appreciation of Science
Develop a life-long interest in science and engineering for middle and high school students.
– Public Involvement
Encourage students, educators, and the general public to take a pro-active interest in the application of the scientific method.
– Foster Good Science
Foster principles of good science, ethical research, humane treatment of animals, and compliance with standards and regulations.
– Provide Opportunities
Provide opportunities for the scientific professional community to interact and develop research skills with students.
– Public Recognition
Give public recognition and support to the students, their teachers, and schools.
ARASE also continues to develop and lead workshops for teachers and students in science education.
A sampling of activities conducted by ARASE:
- Conduct Science Fair Workshops
- Sponsor the Alamo Regional Fair
- Sponsor the Alamo Regional Texas Junior Academy of Science
- Finance students attending the International Science and Engineering Fair
- Volunteer for the Texas Science and Engineering Fair
- Assist schools with their local fair