The 16th annual Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair will be held at Otero Junior College on February 23-25. About 140 students, ranging in grades from K-12, are expected for this year’s event. Students will be coming from school districts in Otero, Crowley, Bent, Las Animas and Huerfano counties.
According to Wayne Beadles, director of the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair, the Science Fair is affiliated with the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and with the International Science and Engineering Fair. First place winners in grades 6 through 12 at the Regional Science Fair will be able to advance to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair to be held on April 5-7 at CSU in Fort Collins. The top senior division project winner will be eligible to advance directly from the Regional Science Fair to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be held May 13-18.
“Over 65 nations are represented at the International Science Fair. It is world’s largest pre-college science contest and exhibition with close to 1,500 participants competing for over $4 million in prizes. Participation at the Science Fair may lead to scholarships and specialty awards that can help students fund their college education,” said Beadles.
Teachers and parents will begin delivering student projects to the Otero Junior College Student Center Banquet room on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. Students will arrive on Friday, Feb. 24 after 4:30 p.m. to do a safety check. A team of local professional scientist and teacher volunteers will serve as judges on Friday evening as they begin interviewing students and analyzing the projects.
The projects will be open for public viewing on Saturday Feb. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students participating in the Science Fair will have the opportunity on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. to join in a campus tour of the OJC campus and science laboratories.
At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a public announcement of winners and awards ceremony in the Humanities Center’s Ed Stafford Theatre. Over 20 specialty and traditional awards will be made to students in addition to the Outstanding Junior Level Project and Outstanding Senior Level Project awards presented by Otero Junior College.
For more information, contact Dr. Joel Gray at 719-384-6892, Wayne Beadles at 719-384-6836, Debbie Phillips at 719-384-6863 or visit the event’s website: www.ojc.edu/ScienceFair.aspx.