Science Fair

AVRSF: Appreciating the Sciences

Otero Junior College AVRSF Logo

The 21st AVRSF February 23 - 24, 2017

This Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair (AVRSF) information is for students planning science fair projects, science teacher sponsors, parents or guardians and school administrators regarding the upcoming event.

Be sure to download and follow the 2017 AVRSF Resource Booklet for information about this year's Science Fair ~


Science Fair Registration CLOSED for 2017


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 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.


This year’s Regional Science Fair will be held the week of February 24th & 25th, 2016 at the OJC student center. To register for AVRSEF fair two things must be completed by the student.

STEP 1: On-line registration, which begins in December 1, 2016 and the deadline is Monday February 20, 2017.

STEP 2: Signed ISEF Paperwork no later than Friday, February 17th.

Below is a synopsis of the two days, but please see the schedule in the instructions.

Wednesday, February 22nd 3:00 - 6:00 pm:

Registration, Safety and Display, and Project set up.  

Wednesday, February 22nd 6:00 - 10:00 pm:

Judges preliminary can look at projects.  

Thursday, February 23rd 8:00 am - 2:00 pm:

Judges preliminary can look at projects.  

Thursday, February 23rd 2:00 - 5:00 pm:

K-5th Grade Student Interviews and Judging. Students will be judged as a drop-in basis.  

Thursday, February 23rd 6:00 - 8:00 pm:

6th – 12th Grade Student Interviews and Judging (only finalists and judges are allowed in exhibit hall).  

Thursday, February 23rd 8:00 - 10:00 pm:

Final Judging (students do not need to be present).

Thursday, February 23rd 6:00 pm:

Students with SRC violations will be interviewed (please check if you are on the list).

Friday, February 24th 8:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Exhibit Hall open to the public (students will not be allowed to Remove posters unless they obtain a written permission from the fair director).

Friday, February 24th 3:00 pm:

Awards Ceremony at the Ed Stafford Theater.

Friday, February 24th 4:00 pm:

Removal of posters promptly after Awards.

NOTE: School Sponsors/parents or adult in charge are required to be present on campus throughout Registration, Set-up, and Judging.

Be sure to review the AVRSF Resource and Rules Booklet  for a copy of this year’s schedule, instructions for set up of projects, a summary of deadlines, and a new guidelines handout for projects that require special paperwork and signatures.

Participation entry fee per students will be $20.00. It is preferable to pay the participation fee on February 22nd the day of project registration and judging. There is limit of 15 projects from anyone school district.


 Akansas Valley Regional Science Fair