On Saturday, February 20th, students from both Sandy Run Middle School and Upper Dublin High School attended the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Regional Competition at Souderton High School. Competitors completed a science research project and then gave a five to ten minute presentation. The judges, who are usually STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teachers, University professors, or industry professionals rated each student’s presentation using a rubric(participants can win first, second, or third place). 365 students from twenty high schools and middle schools competed this year. UDHS took nineteen first place awards, fourteen second place awards, and three third place awards. Twenty two Sandy Run students earned first place awards as well, doubling the amount won last year! Also winning a perfect score and monetary awards from Merck Pharmaceuticals were Upper Dublin students Amanda Yang (10th grade), Roman Smith (10th grade), Dustin Zhang (11th grade), Lexi Schneider (11th grade), and Amy Li (12th grade). Those who won first place will be moving on to the 81st annual PJAS State Competition at Penn State University in May.
On Thursday, March 10th, the 59th Annual Montgomery County Science Research Competition took place at Ursinus College. Students presented their projects with a trifold and described their research to groups of judges walking through the rows of tables. Only three or four students in each category placed. There were also ‘special judges’ from STEM businesses and organizations that viewed students’ projects as well, and awarded monetary prizes. Again, the results were outstanding. Twenty two Upper Dublin students placed and twelve won special awards. Competitors who placed are eligible to advance to the state fair at Delaware Valley in late March.
Congrats to all and the best of luck at states!