North American Martyrs School has decided to incorporate STEM projects into our Math Enrichment Curriculum (Grades 6-8)! Once each week, students in grades 6-8 will work together to complete STEM challenges. If you are not familiar with STEM and its many benefits please read the brief description below. Contact Mrs. Morton for further inquiries.
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM programs and activities focus on the importance of these subject areas and their applications to real-world problems. The need for qualified adults to work in these fields will only continue to increase in the future. As a result, many schools have put an emphasis on the skills required to pursue careers within these subject areas. STEM activities encourage students to collaborate and become innovative and creative problem solvers.
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, or PJAS, is a highly competitive, region-wide yearly competition that is used to promote greater participation in science and mathematics activities among the youth of Pennsylvania.
Students conduct all of their own research, develop original ideas, and then present their research in front of a panel of highly-qualified judges. Students diligently begin work on their projects in September, culminating in the regional competition at Duquesne University in February, where they compete with the best of the best from both parochial and non-parochial schools. If they place first in the regional competition, then they advance to the State Competition at Penn State in May, where they compete against the top finishers in the state.
It is a wonderful and truly unique experience for our upper middle school students. If you are not familiar with PJAS and its many benefits please contact Mrs. Ward for further inquiries.