Nine Grier students competed alongside students from across the state of Pennsylvania at the PJAS State Competition May 14-16th at Penn State's main campus in State College. Our Grier students took home seven first-place awards!
In March, nine students from Dr. Nancy Burke's Honor's Biology classes competed in the Region 6 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science's Regional competition held at Penn State Altoona. All nine Grier students received first place awards. These students presented their research once again before a panel of judges during the state-level competition held on Penn State's main campus in State College.
The presentations that the students gave before the judges are a culmination of research that began at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Topics presented by Grier students included research on fingerprinting, the connection between heart-rate and emotion, the effectiveness of hand soap at preventing bacterial growth, and the correlation between number of siblings and generosity.
According to their website (www.pjas.net), 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. " Over 550 schools and thousands of students across the state compete for this prestigious award established in 1934. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, PJAS aims to promote greater participation and achievement in math and science, foster connections with scientific leaders, instill scientific attitudes and humanistic ideals that further service to humankind.