Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Competition

As part of the Holy Sepulcher Catholic School Science curriculum, students in 6th through 8th grade are required to participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition. Students investigate a topic of their choosing, conduct an experiment they design and report their findings through a ten-minute oral presentation. In conjunction with this project, the students write a research paper based on their chosen topic.

Read about the history of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (pdf).

PJAS Goals

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 to 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 club 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.
  • For more about the PJAS Region 9 and the state competition, please visit the PJAS Region 9 website


2015-2016 PJAS


On Saturday, February 27, students from our Holy Sepulcher Catholic School’s 7th and 8th Grade Science classes participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 9 Meeting at Slippery Rock University.  Each student conducted a scientific investigation, organized the information using Google Classroom Apps, and presented their findings to a panel of judges.  In all, 22 students received a 1st place and 3 received a 2nd place.  Our 1st place participants will have the opportunity to present their science investigations at the PJAS State Meeting at Penn State University on May 15-17.  Congratulations to these young scientists on their accomplishments:

First Place:  Brady C, Chloe E, Maddie M, Beatrix S, Tim R, Max W, Jay M, Josh R, Lauryn L, Grace B, Kate C, Ben Z, D.J. U, Chloe D, Gracie M, Ben S, Noah W, Paul S, Kate M, Keavy C, Victoria S, and Grace B

Second Place:  Jillian K, Christian B, and Dennis C

Special congratulations to Chloe Dl and Beatrix S who both achieved a perfect score.  Big congratulation to Gracie M for being awarded the top Bio-Chemistry Middle School Project. 

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