Junior Academy

Junior Academy of Sciences

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High school student explaining her project to a WAS judge.

Since the 1940s, the Washington Academy of Sciences has sponsored a Junior Academy of Sciences. The Junior Academy exists primarily to serve pre-college schools in DC, Maryland and northern Virginia. We provide professional scientists who serve as judges in STEM fair (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs in these schools. The judges attend fair events, interview students and evaluate their projects. We provide Certificate awards based on achievement, as well as feedback to students and teachers for improving science fair quality and guidance.

We Need Your Judgment!

The Junior Academy welcomes inquiries from people in schools, companies, or affiliates who wish to serve as science fair judges, tutors, mentors and classroom volunteers in future programs.  For more information or to volunteer please email the Vice President of the Junior Academy, Paul Arveson

Judges — please  contact me and then register for these events:

The Montgomery County Science Fair will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Food and Drug Administration White Oak Campus at 10903 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland (20993).  Please register here.

The DC STEM Network is proud to host the citywide 2018 Secondary DC STEM Fair on March 17, 2018 (8am – 12pm, at Ron Brown High School, 4800 Meade St NE, Washington, DC 20019). The Fair is still seeking judges to support the middle and high school fair. Judges will review up to 10 student projects in 22 categories. Sign up online here.

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition that provides high school students, nationally, with the opportunity to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems currently faced in the aerodynamics engineering field. Judging will take place at the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD on April 21, 2018. Judges should sign up here.

Currently the Junior Academy partners with the American Junior Academy of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in its Senior Scientist and Engineers STEM Volunteer Program in the local area. The Junior Academy also partners with Sigma Xi in its new publication initiative, Chronicle of the New Researcher and supports a maker space in the Maryland suburbs organized under FIRST Robotics.

The Washington Academy of Sciences hopes to expand Junior Academy services with more programs, such as opportunities for publication, to reach more students and encourage them to consider careers in STEM.

Previously the Junior Academy provided support for other educational programs such as these:

  • STARS – Science and Technology Aptitude Recognition for Schools.
  • SEAP – Science and Engineering Apprentice Program and SEAP Venezky Awards for Chemistry Apprentices.  (A sample of SEAP student presentations are posted here).