OJC Press Release ID: 2753

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


22nd Annual OJC Regional Science and Engineering Fair Registration Open
 

The 22nd annual Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held at Otero Junior College on Feb. 20 – Feb. 22. According to Warren McClure, co-director of the Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair, students ranging in grades from K-12, are expected for this year’s event from school districts in Otero, Crowley, Bent, Las Animas, and Huerfano counties.

Registration is currently open for the regional science and engineering fair. Register online at www.ojc.edu/ScienceFair.aspx. The deadline to complete the online registration is Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

In addition to the online portion, students must submit their completed signed ISEF paperwork. The preferred format for submittal is via email as a PDF file to Wayne.Beadles@ojc.edu. Students must submit their signed ISEF paperwork no later than Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

The OJC website has forms and resources available to complete the necessary documents for participation in the science and engineering fair at www.ojc.edu/ScienceFair.aspx. The participant entry fee of $20 per student is payable on Feb. 20, 2018, when projects are checked in for setup.

The Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and with the International Science and Engineering Fair. First place winners in grades sixth through 12 at the Regional Science Fair will be able to advance to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair to be held on Apr. 5 – Apr. 7, 2018, at Colorado State University 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, PA to be held May 13 – May 18, 2018.

According to Wayne Beadles, director of the Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 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, students and parents will deliver student projects to the Otero Junior College Student Center Banquet room from 3 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 for registration and setup. Students will return on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. for their final safety and display check. Students will be notified if their projects and or displays have any issues that need to be addressed prior to the interview judging. Judging will begin at 2pm for students K-5.

Interview judging for participants’ 6th – 12th grades will begin at 6:00pm in the student center banquet room. A team of local professional scientist and teacher volunteers will serve as judges on Wednesday evening as they begin interviewing students and analyzing the projects. The projects will be open for public viewing on Thursday Feb. 22 from 8:30am to 4:00pm in the OJC Student Center banquet room.

At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, there will be an announcement of winners and awards ceremony in the Humanities Center 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 Wayne Beadles at 719-384-6836 or visit the event’s website: www.ojc.edu/ScienceFair.aspx.

 

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Delegates from the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair in 2017 who competed at the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair in Fort Collins. The annual Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair will be held at Otero Junior College on Feb. 20 – Feb. 22, 2018. The deadline to register for the Arkansas Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair is Friday Feb. 16, 2018.