Recognition & Awards

Colorado Science & Engineering Fair  –   April 7, 2016

Our chapter sponsors a special award at the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair, for projects in physical sciences and engineering.   We award cash prizes to winning students and matching prizes to their teachers/sponsors.   We hope these awards encourage students to continue their efforts and careers in science & engineering.  Year after year, the level of these students’ scientific understanding, their hard work, and above all, their curiosity and enthusiasm, are truly inspiring.  (More information about the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair can be found at  )

Traditionally, our awards are for first and second place projects in each of the Senior and Junior Divisions.  But this year, there were so many outstanding projects in the Junior Division that we awarded our prizes for the best four projects of the Science Fair overall, regardless of division.  That turned out to be three 7th graders and one 8th grader – all Juniors!  Hover your cursor over the project title for a second for a look at the student’s full abstract – be amazed by these teenagers!.

This year’s judges:

  • J Grant Armstrong – Carberry Technologies
  • James Burst – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Jennifer Drayton – Colorado State University

If interested in helping out next year contact Grant Armstrong: [email protected]

Science Educator’s Workshop

The national AVS has conducted a two-day in-service workshop on low-pressure experiments and modeling for middle and high school science teachers from the United States and Canada since 1990. Attendees are sponsored by regional Chapters of the Society with all expenses paid by the sponsoring Chapter. The workshop is accredited for Continuing Education Units by the University of Dayton and is aligned with the national science and mathematics standards.

Vacuum system

The workshop is divided into two parts:

  1. lectures on the underlying science and the mathematical calculations
  2. hands-on experience in which a group of teachers perform experiments and develop models under the guidance of an instructor team.

For information on the Workshop you can view photos from the 2013 Meeting in Long Beach, CA.  This year the Workshop will be from November 7-8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee

 Apply Now! .

Application deadline is August 22, 2016

Hands on training Vacuum courtesy of Jim Solomon

Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST) Teacher Awards

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Colorado Association of Science Teachers

Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Physical Science Teacher Winners!

Elementary – Barb Colby  Falcon School District 49, Colorado Springs
Middle School – Katie Hobbs    Lewis-Palmer Middle School, Monument
High School – Tom Bindel   Pomona High School, Arvada


Symposium Poster Winners

Coming soon