Background on the VJAS and the Annual Symposium:
The Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) was founded in 1941 to discover and encourage scientific aptitude among secondary school students (grades 7 through 12) in Virginia and to foster fellowship between its members and the members of the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS). VJAS programs encourage students to continue their education in science, engineering and related fields and to develop a background among its members which will eventually lead to membership in the Virginia Academy of Science and other professional science organizations.
VJAS conducts an annual competition amongst middle school students. Students are challenged to research, define and conduct a scientific experiment and prepare a scientific paper to describe their experiment and results and then present the paper to a group of judges at the VJAS Annual Symposium. Papers are submitted to the VJAS for review and the best are accepted for presentation at the VJAS Annual Symposium.
On May 23rd 2012, twenty eight students from TMS presented their science papers at the VJAS Annual Symposium held at Norfolk State University. Each presenter was required to deliver a presentation and answer questions from a panel of three judges (mostly college science professors) and the audience about their paper. All our TMS student scientists prepared dynamic and interesting presentations for the judges and responded with poise to the judges questions. Congratulations to them all for representing TMS so well!
The VJAS gives awards to the best papers in each of 11 scientific sections. TMS students met and exceeded all our expectations by claiming 9 overall awards.
Emma Manring received a 1st place award in a Chemical Science section for her paper “The Effectiveness of Tooth-Whitening Products”. She was also invited to present to the Virginia (Senior) Academy of Science and she “wowed” the audience with her presentation and responses to questions from the scientists in attendance.
Amanda Mier received a 2nd place award in a Chemical Science section for her paper “The Effect of Brand on the Amount of Soap Residue”
Robert Zhang received a 2nd place award in a Physical Science, Math and Engineering section for his paper “The Effect of Different Communication Systems on Power Density Emitted”
Elena Rogers received a 3rd place award in a Chemical Science section for her paper “The Effect of Paper Liners on Cupcake Height”
The five TMS students listed below received honorable mentions for their papers:
George Walker – “The Effect of Toothpaste Flavor on Time Spent Brushing Teeth”
Sara Hamilton – “The Effect of Light on the Spoil Rate of Fruit”
Steven Tate – “Energy Production from Different Fuels”
Jake Sitison – “The Effect of Surface on Kinetic Friction”
Katie Witmer – “Insulation Value of Straw Compared to Other Natural Building Materials”
2013 – VIRGINIA TECH
This year 7th and 8th grade science students attended the Symposium.
7th Grade Girls
7th Grade Boys
Waiting to present
The presentation !!!!!!
Relief after presenting
After a day of presentations, students enjoyed a fun night in the student center doing the Wobble and posing around the Hokie Bird.
We all got our excercise walking the VA Tech campus.
On May 22, 2013 54 TMS students presented their papers. All students represented Tuckahoe with professionalism and class. All participating students should receive an award for the hard work and effort put into his or her paper all year.
The following students received awards determined by the VJAS scientist judges for submitted and accepted papers and for his or her presentation and answering of questions.
Chemical Science – Nadine Lin 1st place, Steven Tate 2nd place , Andrea Eichenberger 2nd place,
Plant Sciences and Micro Biology – Emily Alexander, Jessica Fidler, Emma Manring Josephine Tuckley – Honorable Mention.
Physical Science, Engineering and Math – James Armstrong, Emily Duong – Honorable Mention
Animal and Human Sciences – Nick Ulrich – Honorable Mention
Human Behavior – David Hill – 2nd place, Amanda Mier – 2nd place, Hastings Crenshaw- 3rd place, Morgan Canaan – Honorable Mention, Avery Finkelson- Honorable Mention
We took yellow school buses to VCU since it was so close to TMS. Packing the numerous pieces of varying size luggage and backpacks was a huge challenge.
Arrival day on our way to dinner
The 7th graders who presented their papers.
The 8th graders who presented.
Sitting under the stairs of the student union waiting to go back to the dorm to pack and leave.
After the awards the students who received awards also received color coded VJAS winner t shirts. They are featured in the front row of this picture.
Unloading the bus was achieved by using a line of students handing off from one to the next.
On May 14, 2014, Seventy-six TMS students presented their papers at the annual Virginia Junior Academy of Science research symposium which was held this year at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Animal and Human Sciences
Honorable Mention: Leila Shephard
Honorable Mention: Jarrett Gouldin, and Franklin Pugh
3rd Place: Grace Brickley, and Anna Grace Hamson
2nd Place: Catherine Nelli
Ecology and Earth Sciences
Honorable Mention: Lilly Yowell
2nd Place: Ian Street
Engineering and Math
Honorable Mention: Andrew Logan
2nd Place: Philip Maruri
Honorable Mention: Morgan Canaan and Scott Moss
Plant Science and Microbiology
Honorable Mention: Reilly Towns and Jonathan Yu
2nd Place: Nikhail Chandravel
Honorable Mention: Andrew Mottley
3rd Place: John Vithoulkas
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