Recognition & Awards

Colorado Science & Engineering Fair  –   April 4, 2018

For many years, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AVS has sponsored special awards at the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair.  Our prizes are $100 for first place and $50 for second place, in both Senior and Junior Divisions, for projects in physical sciences and engineering.  We award these prizes to each student and a matching amount to each winner’s teacher/sponsor.  We hope these awards encourage students to pursue their interests 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.

About this year’s Fair:

  • There were 329 projects submitted by 378 students (some projects were by teams of 2 or 3 students).\
  • There were 159 seniors (grades 9-12) and 219 juniors (grades 6-8).
  • 193 projects were in physical sciences (our focus); 136 in life sciences.
  • 191 teachers or other mentors sponsored/supported the students with their projects.
  • Our AVS chapter is one of about 70 organizations that offer over 300 individual special awards and scholarships worth more than $170,000.   Our awards are for first and second place projects in each of the Senior and Junior Divisions. Hover your cursor over the project title for a second for a look at the student’s full abstract – be amazed by these teenagers!.

For more information about the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair:

This year’s judges:

  • J Grant Armstrong – Carberry Technologies
  • Mary Ann Bjornsen – USDA / Center for Animal Health Information and Analysis
  • 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