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.
The AVS (American Vacuum Society) is offering a two day, free, STEM workshop with high school ready lessons that integrate science, math and engineering using hands-on vacuum technology based activities. This year’s Science Educators’ Workshop will be October 21-22, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Local AVS chapters typically pay travel and lodging costs to send a teacher from their region to this hands-on workshop. Teachers receive continuing education credit and their school may be eligible to receive an equipment grant including a new vacuum pump and vacuum jar. The workshop includes an onsite visit to a major industrial or research laboratory. High school science teachers are encouraged to apply for sponsorship to attend this workshop at http://www.avs.org/Education-Outreach/Science-Educators-Workshop. To see more about the activity here are photos from the 2016 Workshop.
Vacuum science is useful for demonstrating concepts in physics, chemistry, astronomy and engineering. For instance, you can demonstrate phase transitions under conditions that the students do not expect. Many examples are available at http://www.avs.org/Education-Outreach/Science-Educators-Workshop/Demos-Experiments
If you would like to recommend a teacher apply for this award, download a flyer here.
An on-line application form is available through the AVS education web site. Applications received on line will be forwarded to the Chapter that covers the geographical area of the applicant.
Application Deadline is August 9, 2019
For more information about the Colorado State Science & Engineering Fair: www.csef.colostate.edu
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]
Colorado Science & Engineering Fair – April 11, 2019
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 mainly 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 392 students (some projects were by teams of 2 or 3 students).
- There were 168 seniors (grades 9-12) and 224 juniors (grades 6-8), from 115 Colorado schools
- 183 projects were in physical sciences (our main focus); 146 in life sciences.
- 198 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
RMCAVS Symposium 2018
2018 Rocky Mountain AVS Symposium Sept 11 -14
RMCAVS Symposium 2017
2017 Rocky Mountain AVS Symposium Sept 19-22
RMCAVS Symposium 2016
MARCH 2016 EVENT:
14 Billion Year History of the Universe Leading to Materials Science
RMCAVS Symposium 2015
Symposium Poster Winners
Speciation and Reactivity of Organic Matter in Uranium Mine Wastes from Laguna- New Mexico: An Application of Surface Sciences in Environmental Systems, Carmen A. Velasco, Abdul-Mehdi Ali, Christopher Osburn, Kateryna Artyushkova, José M. Cerrato
Effect of bicarbonate and phosphate on arsenic release from mining-impacted sediments in Cheyenne River (watershed), South Dakota, Cherie L. DeVore, Lucia Rodriguez-Freire, Abdul Mehdi-Ali, Carlyle Ducheneaux, Kateryna Artyushkova, Zhe Zhou, Drew E. Latta, Virgil W. Lueth, Melissa Gonzales, Johnnye Lewis, and José M. Cerrato
Characterization of extended surface catalysts for optimization of performance in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, Sarah Zaccarine, Chilan Ngo, Sarah Shulda, Svitlana Pylypenko, Colorado School of Mines Scott Mauger, Shaun Alia, K.C. Neyerlin, Bryan Pivovar, National Renewable Energy Laboratory