PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)
Since 2010, ICES has donated special awards to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Region 7 science fair competition. These awards honor students who conduct projects that reflect ICES’s mission and goals. Two ICES Multidisciplinary Science Awards are currently given to a high school student and a middle school student for projects that integrate successfully two or more fields of science, math, or technology. ICES has also donated administrative resources to PJAS staff volunteers to allow them to prepare for the competition.
PJAS is a statewide non-profit organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. PJAS has a long standing tradition of inspiring young people to enter careers in science and engineering through hosting a regional and state wide science fair.
Formula 1 in Schools Challenge
Using Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) funding in 2008, ICES provided funding to purchase tabletop CNC (computer numeric controls) micro routers, virtual wind tunnel and race tracks for students in Elizabeth Forward and West Mifflin school districts. This has enabled students to design, manufacture, and race their own scale model cars and participate in the Formula 1 in Schools Challenge pre-engineering program.
The Formula 1 in Schools Challenge program engages students in a motivating learning experience focused on engineering design and manufacturing. It supports a 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) award to the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) for Advanced Manufacturing: Establishing Foundations for Education and Career Pathways from Middle School through College. The NSF project operates in two Pennsylvania regions, which include southwest Allegheny County and south-central Lancaster County.
In 2009, Elizabeth Forward Middle School team “Team Shake ‘N’ Bake” placed at the 2009 statewide PA Technology Student Association (TSA)’s Technology Education Competition and placed 3rd at the national competition in Denver last year. In 2010, TSA held their annual state competition last week at Seven Springs, and Elizabeth Forward entered three Formula 1 teams at TSA’s annual state competition. Team Shake ‘N’ Bake placed 2nd, won overall “best of show”, and will compete in the National Competition in Baltimore at the end of June. Another Elizabeth Forward Team (“Team Frankenstein”) placed 4th, and if one of the top three teams should decide not to attend the national competition, “Team Frankenstein will become eligible to compete.