Realizing the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses to contemporary student education, St. Vitus School involves our students in 4 science fairs throughout the school year. In late January, all students take part in our St. Vitus School Science Fair. 7-8th graders participate in PJAS, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, in late February for regional competition and early May for state competition. 6-8th graders participate in PRSEF, Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, in April.
Through this process, our students learn to research a problem, design and conduct an experiment following the scientific method, and prepare an oral presentation of their research, experiment, data, and analysis of results.
In addition, PJAS and PRSEF science fairs allow our students to realize science and technology opportunities within Pennsylvania universities, industries, and professional organizations.
Last Year's Science Accomplishments:
Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Twenty-one 6th, 7th, and 8th grade St. Vitus School students under the sponsorship of their science instructor, Marguerite Wills, competed at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 5th at Heinz Field. The fair celebrated its 74th year of open competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. The competition was hosted by the Carnegie Science Center and open to all students in grades 6-12 from 23 counties in Western Pennsylvania, 3 counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in Maryland. Over 1,000 students competed in the competition.
Four students from St. Vitus School received five major awards and honors for their projects as follows:
Braiden Wills, participating in the Junior Division, Life Science, received a second place award for his project, “Does Mental Rehearsal Improve Free Throw Shooting?” Wills’ work was also nominated to compete in the Broadcom Masters national competition.
Matthew Moore, Junior Division, Life Science, received an Honorable Mention and the American Psychological Association sponsor award for his project, Do Fears Change with Age?
Jared Congemi, Intermediate Division, Behavioral and Social Science, received an Honorable Mention for his Effects of Fatigue on Free Throws.
Bryce Enscoe, Junior Division, Physical Science, received the National Electrical Contractors Association sponsor award and $50 with medallion for his experiment, Can Lemon Batteries Power a LED?
Five Merit Excellence Awards were also presented for the following projects:
Creative Thought: Joey Morgan, “Free Throw Shot Routine Advantage or Disadvantage?” Payne Prowell, “What’s in a Face - Are Composite Faces More Attractive Than Natural Faces? ”
Scientific Method: Jared Congemi, “Effects of Fatigue on Free Throws,” Arielle Recchione, “Do Alka-Seltzer Tablets Fizz Faster or Slower in Different Temperatures of Water.”
Presentation: Lyrick Stewart, “What Genre of Music is Most Likely to Become an Earworm?”
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), established in 1934, as a statewide organization of Junior and Senior high school students and teachers, is designed to stimulate and promote interest in science through the development of research investigations.
On February 23, 2013, over 400 seventh and eighth grade science students presented their projects at the 56th annual Region IX Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Meeting at Slippery Rock University.
First Place awards went to Joey Morgan, Lyrick Stewart, Evie Guzman, and Olivia Wilt.
Second Place awards went to Emily Coglio, Rachel Ritz, and Jared Congemi.
The State Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is held each May at the Pennsylvania State University in State College. All first place award winners from the state’s thirteen PJAS regions, the finest 7th through 12th grade science students in the state, are eligible to compete at the state level.
Over 3000 first place award winners competed at Penn State University at the State Meeting on May 12-14th.
Joey Morgan received a first place Award for his presentation, “Free Throw Shot Routine -Advantage or Disadvantage?
The following students received second place awards: Evie Guzman, “Do Different Types of Music Affect Blood Pressure?” Lyrick Stewart, “What Genre of Music is Most Likely to Become an Earworm?”, and Olivia Wilt, “Does Caffeine Affect Memory?”