On Friday last week, we submitted ten science papers written by 7th and 8th graders to the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS). These papers were the culmination of 5 months of work on a scientific investigation into a topic of interest to these students. The process included identifying a question to investigate, researching the related scientific knowledge, designing and conducting an experiment, analyzing the results, concluding and then writing the paper to communicate all of the above.
The submitted papers will be read by a panel of VJAS reviewers who will determine whom to invite to the VJAS Annual Symposium in May. The invited authors will present their papers in front of panels of three judges in competition with students from other schools. In 2012, 241 middle school papers were presented. Prizes are awarded to papers that place 1st, 2nd, 3rd or “honorable mention” in each section. Usually there are 22 papers presented in each section. The proceedings and the abstracts of all accepted papers are published by VJAS on their website.
Congratulations to the Sabot at Stony Point students whose papers were submitted last Friday. The following is a list of papers (in alphabetical order), their authors and VJAS category:
Can You-Tube Movies Impact Your Grade? – by Wyatt Mingus (Human Behavior)
Soil Composition and its Effect on Erosion – by Max Halbruner (Physical Science, Engineering and Math)
Sound Wave Differences on Pianos – by Sarah Purrington (Physical Science, Engineering and Math)
The Effect of Fonts on the Speed of Reading – by Sabrina Daglish (Human Behavior)
The Effect of Internal Air Pressure on the Elasticity of a Soccer Ball – by Alex Daglish (Physical Science, Engineering and Math)
The Effect of Microwaved Rainwater on Plant Health – by Lee Martin (Plant Science & Microbiology)
The Effect of Music on Running Distance – by Luke Hawkins (Human Behavior)
The Effect of NFL Penalties on the Outcome of a Game – by Séarlait Coffey (Physical Science, Engineering and Math)
The Effect of Sepiapterin on Beta-Catenin and Stem Cell Radioresistance – by John Blue (Animal & Human Sciences)
The Effect of the Gyroscopic Principle on a Bicycle Wheel – by Max Frankel (Physical Science, Engineering and Math)