The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. It is held each May at The Pennsylvania State University Park. All regional first award winners are eligible to compete at the state level.
The competition has students from dozens of school districts across the state and there were over 1,000 students in attendance. Upon arrival, students had to get their IDs, room keys, and were directed to their dorms. Each presentation room had from 9-10 presenters and each presentation took about 15-20 minutes. Judges present in each room rated each presentation and asked the presenter questions. Some judges are teachers, others are professional people working in science-related fields and others were college professors. There were around 40 scholarships awarded, each one for 4 years at $2,000 per semester. The students had to learn their way around campus.
Megan Kaplan – 1st place “Left and Right Foot Preference in Athletics”
Josephine Maher – 1st place “Electrolytes-Orange Juice versus Sports Drinks”
Jayden Thomas – 2nd place “The Effect of Heat on Enzyme Activity”
Kaitlyn Adams – 2nd place “Burning Calories”
Quote of the Week & Student of the Week