The Mastodon Fair is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports students, teachers and parents to reach the goal of submitting creative and novel projects in the annual regional competition held each March at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO.
We hope to help students achieve the goal of submitting creative and innovative science and art exhibits that will help to further their education and inspire creativity.
With the help of sponsorships and donations, we assist with sending the top science students on to compete at international level events such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Broadcom MASTERS.
We hope that by participating in our various offered events and activities, students will be inspired to strive for knowledge and apply that knowledge throughout their lives to benefit themselves and their communities.
Encouraging our youth in art and science education through competitive events.
We focus on stability, sustainability, and impact.
Explore, promote, inspire, and support student art and science projects.
Inspiring creative solutions.
Dorothy Boyer Heinze founded the Mastodon Art/Science Connection Fair in 1979 in conjunction with early fundraising events for the Mastodon Park, now called the Historic Site. The Mastodon Park Committee held the Fair from 1979-1993 at the Historic Site which was adequate for the 15-165 students that participated. In 1991, Eva Kirkpatrick became director of the Fair and due to the growth in participants, the Fair was moved to Jefferson College in Hillsboro. The Mastodon State Historic Site now displays winning projects for public viewing at the museum each year.
In 1992, the Fair became a 501(c)3 organization separate from the Mastodon Historic Site. We receive no state or federal funding, and all of the operating and award expenses must be raised each year. The Mastodon Park Committee continues to be a sponsor of the Fair.
I have been on the Board since February of 2017 in the capacity of Treasurer. My wife and I have two children. As a student I participated in the Fair and was a Blue Ribbon Winner in 1992. I enjoy working with the community and making a difference in people’s lives.
I came on with the Fair in September of 2019 in hopes to make the Fair more well known and expand the areas and their knowledge of the Fair. My background includes volunteering and helping with fundraising, which will be what I am also doing with the Fair.
I am a member of Kiwanis, and have been with the Fair for ten plus years. My reason for being with the Fair is that I want the kids involved in the Fair to someday be able to come and work diligently and happily in a position like I am.
I came onto the Board in February of 2020. My position at Jefferson College has had my knowledge of the Fair close for 22 years. After having attended the Nite at the Races event for 10 or so years, it was just a matter of time before I became more closely involved. I believe the Fair is a good way to help our youth with scholarships. Helping the students involved in the Fair is important to me, that is why I am on the Board.
I started with the Fair in April of 2021. I am proud to represent an organization that promotes the development of art and science. Growing up, art and science fairs were a prevalent part of my education and development. It is my hope that my daughter will participate in similar competitions throughout grade school.
We strongly encourage feedback and would love to hear from you. We are going through a lot of changes lately and we want to ensure we meet the needs of our community.
We typically open registration as early as October, so please check back later. We’re working hard to take your feedback and build a bigger and better Art and Science fair. We look forward to seeing you there!
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