Otero Junior College

Otero Junior College Science Fair

Appreciating the Sciences


The 19th AVRSF coming February 19 - 21, 2015.

Be sure to download and follow the 2015 AVRSF Resource Booklet for information about this year's Science Fair ~


Early Registration and Judging on Thursday, February 19th

Registration, project set up, payment of registration fees will take place on Thursday February 19th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Early Student Interview/Judging/SRC/Safety and Display will happen from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   

Regular Registration and Judging on Friday, February 20th

Student Interviews/Judging from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Exhibits will be open to the public on Saturday morning (Feb. 21nd 8:30 a.m.) and awards ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Participation entry fee per students will be $10.00

Please click on Science Fair Schedule to view this year's NEW schedule

For more details regarding the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair [ Click Here ].
Below you will find additional general information.

For a summary of submission deadlines [Click Here]

These web pages provide information for students planning science fair projects, science teacher sponsors, parents or guardians and school administrators regarding the Arkansas Valley Regional Science, AVRSF.   The AVRSF is a nonprofit and all volunteer operation.  For additional information or inquiries not addressed on these web pages please contact the AVRSF Director, Wayne Beadles wayne.beadles@ojc.edu or Dr. Joel Gray (Chair of Math/Sciences Department at OJC 719-384-6892). All of the judges for the fair are all La Junta area professionals, OJC faculty, and a few K-12 area science teachers who are not sponsoring science fair participants. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise and are an essential component to the fair's success. The judges decisions are final and not open for discussion or disclosure. Also, keep in mind that science fair participants will not receive an award by default. Placement awards are earned based on the individuals project's merit.

School districts located in Crowley, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Otero counties are invited to participate at AVRSF.

More details relating to our affiliations with CSEF and ISEF can be found in the AVRSF web page.
It is very important that you thoroughly read the information in the opening paragraph of the Starting a Project page.

Specialty Awards

Our affiliation with ISEF provides the AVRSF with various advantages. For example, we can advance any combination of two individual projects and one team project to the next ISEF in May. This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. ISEF affiliation has a rather large number of sponsors who provide specialty awards to all ISEF affiliated fairs. Click on the link below for a list of specialty awards. This last May ISEF finalists received over four million dollars in awards and scholarships. There were over 1,500 participants, and a representation of 50 countries in 17 different science fields.

Specialty Awards Information:     View  Specialty Awards

Please contact AVRSF, director for more detailed information regarding the specialty awards.

Arkansas Valley Science Fair 2013

2013 AVRSF Director’s Trophy  – The Best in Show Project: Devon Enke
2013 AVRSF Director’s Trophy – The Best in Show Project:
Devon Enke, 11th grade from La Veta. Project title: “Mycoremediation - A Solution to Runoff Pollution?”

Wayne Beadles, director of the 17th annual Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair, presented Devon Enke, a Junior at La Veta High School, was awarded the Outstanding Senior Project. His project, “Mycoremediation - A Solution to Runoff Pollution?” and advanced to the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair held on April 11-13 at CSU in Fort Collins, and to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona held May 12-17, 2013.   

2013 AVRSF Outstanding Junior Project: Mitchell Fosdick
2013 AVRSF Outstanding Junior Project:
Mitchell Fosdick, 8th grade from Fowler, Project title: “Isolation of Naturally Occurring Algae for Biofuel Production.”

Mitchell Fosdick, an eighth grader at Fowler Middle School, was awarded the 2013 Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair’s Outstanding Junior Project. Fosdick’s project, “Isolation of Naturally Occurring Algae for Biofuel Production” and advanced to the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair held on April 11-13, 2013 at CSU in Fort Collins.   

Dr. Joel Gray Sciences Department Chair.

Questions? Contact:
Dr. Joel Gray
Sciences Department:
Wheeler 119
Phone: 719-384-6892

Wayne Beadles

Questions? Contact:
Wayne Beadles
Director, AVRSF:
Humanities 146
Phone: 719-384-6836




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