2017-2018 PJAS Region 1B competition: 2/24/18
Last Day to Register Online: 1/12/18
Hard Copy Registration: 1/18
Project upload date: 2/2218
PJAS States: The 84th annual PJAS State Competition will occur on May 20, 21, & 22, 2018 at The Penn State University in University Park
Students interested in volunteering as a technician at the regional fair Sat 2/24 feel free to walk and and sign up at the technicians table. Or register online.
The Pennsylvania Science Talent Search: 11th and 12 grade students can interview for special awards at the Regional Fair. If you pass the interview and get a 1st, you move on to become eligible to interview at PSU in the next round!
What you need the day of the event…
- psts-judges form (see below)
- letter of recommendation from science/guidance teacher
- Copy of high school transcript
- OFFICIAL SAT, PSAT, or ACT scores if they are not listed on your transcript (white out your social security # if listed anywhere!)
Important information for the regional Competition at Souderton 2/24.
Students are required to upload their presentations to their account on the site. Sponsors and teachers can log on and monitor the status of student uploads. Changes can be made by the student up until the date listed on your dashboard.
DIGITAL PRESENTATION Rules Region1B:
• All Digital Presentations MUST be uploaded to the registration site by MIDNIGHT 2/22 (Thurs before) In case of emergency, have your project on a zip drive in your posession or email your presentation to yourself, you may be able to retrieve it on their system by logging into your email.
• (Individual schools can leave a backup flash drive at the judges desk in case of emergency)
• Digital Presentations will be the only method of project presentation this year at Souderton Area High School. All presentations will be made using the Promethian Board System.
• The equipment WILL BE provided to ALL students at the Regional Competition. While there are different presentation systems, PJAS 1B HIGHLY RECOMMENDS students prepare and present their projects on the Power Point (MS Office) platform. This is a very common platform and the network will recognize it.
• Slides may contain text and graphics ONLY.
• Animations, music, and sound effects are NOT permitted.
- NO HYPER LINKING in your presentation at all.
(If you do it is an automatic 1 for presentation)
2. All information/pictures included in your presentation should be cited if they are not your own.
- As always, presentations may not exceed 10 mins in length
- Students must conduct their OWN research and give their OWN presentations (Absolutely NO exceptions)
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) 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. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is divided into 12 PJAS regions. Each PJAS region consists of two or more counties. Every PJAS region has one or more directors and a treasurer who oversee the operation of the region. PJAS also has a State Director, a State Secretary, and two State Treasurers as well as committees for Judging, Safety, Technicians, and Awards.
In the early 1930’s, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) appointed a national executive committee to coordinate the activities of the various state Junior Academies of Science (JAS). Thus, the JAS movement became an integral part of the AAAS organization with the formation of the National Junior Academy of Science (NJAS). A paper presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS) at its West Chester meeting in 1932 resulted in the appointment of a committee to consider the development of a junior academy in Pennsylvania. As a result of this committee, the senior PAS became the parent organization of the PJAS. Two years later, on March 31, 1934, in Reading, PA, delegates from 14 high school science clubs from all parts of the Commonwealth approved a constitution for the PJAS organization. The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science had become a reality.
PJAS has grown through the efforts and dedication of many adult sponsors and students. PJAS conducted the early state meetings at various resorts and convention centers throughout the Commonwealth. The last such convention was at Seven Springs Resort in1990. Because of the enormous growth in the number of students participating; the State Meeting was moved to Penn State University at University Park, PA, in 1991. In 2010, the school participation grew from the original 14 schools in 1934 to 551 schools. At the region level, over 6000 students presented their scientific research. The 2011 state meeting hosted 3400 presenters in over 312 units. The total number at the State Meeting including student presenters, technicians, sponsors and chaperons was almost 4000.
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a non-profit organization, tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) as described in Section 509 (a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and files form 990 –Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, on an annual basis. The Academy is also a registered charitable organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and therefore, is authorized to solicit contributions within Pennsylvania. The PJAS Federal Employer Number (EIN) is #23-6396183. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations (State Certificate Number) is #14563. PJAS is audited yearly by Wildeman and Obrock Certified Public Accountants, 515 South 29th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2104.
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, as an Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is organized with the following objectives:
- To promote greater participation in science and mathematics activities among the youth of Pennsylvania.
- To improve the quality of achievement in mathematics and science by encouraging students to participate in research and develop original ideas.
- To develop an understanding of the scientific community through close association with leaders in the sciences.
- To seek the improvement of science clubs activities through the cooperative regional and state meetings.
- To inculcate among its members true scientific attitudes and humanistic ideals that shall lead to the greater development of service to man.