BCS Students Successful at PJAS Regional Meeting

On Saturday, February 22nd, eleven Butler Catholic School students in 7th and 8th grade competed in the Region IX Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science meeting.  The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide 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.   Over the past several months, under the direction of BCS teacher Mrs. Jayne Chobot, our students each conducted a science experiment of their choosing.   At the PJAS competition the students presented their experiment and their findings.  Students were evaluated on their Scientific Thought (selection and statement of the problem, experimental validity and value, scope of design), Experimental Method (choosing/developing techniques for valid analysis, use of original materials or using old materials in an original way, proper controls and sample size), Analytical Approach (ability to draw valid conclusions,  full use of data and findings, interpretations of weakness of design, suggestions for further research) and Presentation (ability to convey the information gained to others, and demonstrate new and improved ways of expressing and communicating scientific ideas.).

We are excited to share that all of our students received a first award! Eighth grade students are: Colin Dorcy, Michaela Peratt, Milan DeNicola, Montana Geibel, Azriella Marra, Wyatt Kos, Noah Lynd, Trianna Walls, and Leah Zagurskie–eighth graders. Seventh grade students are Brodie Martin and Ryan Orsborn.    Two students, Montana Geibel and Milan DeNicola received perfect scores, and Wyatt Kos received the Ernst P. Hall Award in Jr. High Physics.

All of the BCS students advanced to the state level of competition, which will be held at Penn State University on May 17, 18, and 19.