Junior Academy

Washington Area Junior Academy of Sciences

The WASHINGTON AREA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCES is an umbrella under which all professional organizations and institutions may support or present programs of interest to pre-college students who are interested in possible science related careers and activities.

Science and Engineering are pursued in all sorts of venues — the laboratory, the field, the lecture hall — for all sorts of purposes — the advancement of humankind, the alleviation of pain, the sheer love of knowledge — and examine all sorts of things –

such as the tongue of a fly,
a carnivorous sundew flower as it ingests a (different) fly,
a six-week human fetus in-utero,
or the critters at the bottom of the sea,
the galaxies at the top of the universe,
or up-close and personal on Venus.

The Internet is an astounding resource for young scientists and engineers, providing site after site containing material on almost every field of endeavor. A few of those sites are listed below.

Plus Magazine Published by the Cambridge University Press, the magazine contains a fascinating collection of all-things-math. Recent articles explained how to build an annalematic sundial; described Self-similar syncopations — the links between music and mathematics including a few limericks and a nod to Scott Joplin; and a beautiful piece on mathematics and art.
National Museum of Natural History Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History is one of the great looking-around places in Washington. But if you can’t get to the real thing (or if you want a preview of what you’ll see there), this site does the Museum proud.
The Exploratorium This is another great place to visit, but you have to be in San Francisco to do it. If that’s beyond your reach, visit the web version. Toward the bottom right of the page, in the cell containing the search box, there is a link to the Digital Library. Click it and look to your left , where you’ll find links to all of the on-line exhibits. Be sure to check out the Frogs and don’t miss Sports and theScience of Skateboarding.
Zoom Dinosaurs This is an annoying site, with silly pictures that blink on and off for no apparent reason. But it certainly does contain a huge amount of dinosauer information and, fortunately, the people in charge of the print are more adept than the graphics crew.
Journey North Here is a terrific idea! About 4,500 schools (from all 50 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces) are participating in tracking migrations north. It’s a little late to sign up for the Journey North, but on September 1, the species reverse the movement and Journey South begins. That’s the time to declare your participation. Meanwhile, check this site for its frequent updates and get yourself into the rhythm of program.

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