South Carolina Junior Academy of Science
The South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (generally referred to by its acronym SCJAS) is an organization aligned with the South Carolina Academy of Sciences (SCAS). Our main focus is to organize opportunities (workshops and conferences) to enable South Carolina Middle and High School students to expand their STEM knowledge and share their scientific achievements. In addition, these same workshops and conferences should enable MS and HS teachers to likewise expand their STEM knowledge as well as support their pedagogical development as STEM teachers.
2017 SCJAS Year in Review
2017 SCJAS Annual Meeting
Coastal Carolina University (March 25th, 2017) Over 350 HS students delivered oral and written presentations with over $8,000 in cash awards presented.
Eleven (11) award winning SCJAS written research papers were invited and are now published in the SCAS Journal (link here). This approach began in 2016 and we hope to highlight 10 or more outstanding high school research papers each year.
2017 Fall Workshop
Furman University (November 11th, 2017) Plenary: NASA’S Centennial Challenge: Technology Development using Competition and Challenges. Nearly 100 student and teachers enjoyed a full day of hands-on activities including Mars Maps explorations, sheep brain and dogfish shark dissections, chemistry and art and solar eclipse activities.
Upcoming SCJAS Activities in 2018
SC Delegation heading to 2018 AJAS/AAAS Annual Meeting
Seven (7) students and 3 chaperones will be representing SC at the annual AJAS/AAAS meeting in Austin, TX from Feb 14th through the 18th. Through a generous donation from Savannah River National Labs (SRNL) - $500 is being provided to each student delegate to offset overall travel costs to attend.
2018 SCJAS Annual Meeting
Presbyterian College (April 14th, 2018). Abstract and paper submission deadline is February 15th, 2018. Similar cost and format as previous two years ($10 for SCJAS membership and $20 for meeting registration). Oral sessions will begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and you will be out the door no later than 5 pm. As in previous years – we will host a few hands-on activities/workshops in the afternoon and we will provide some snacks and drinks for the ride back home.
2018 Fall Workshop
October/November 2018: Location TBD
At Furman University, I serve as the Director of Science Education and I am located in the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences; an office focused on strengthening the STEM opportunities for Furman students and all students and teachers (K-16) with an interest in STEM. At Furman, I manage a wide variety of Science-focused outreach efforts including ; middle school mentoring program, summer research opportunities for HS students and teachers, a STEM focused scholarship program at Furman, loaning program that provide equipment and supplies to teachers in the upstate and throughout the state.
It is my honor in 2018 to begin my fourth year serving as the Executive Director of SCJAS. You should always feel free to contact me (whether by phone or e-mail) with any questions, comments, concerns etc. I have made some changes in the way we deliver our program over these first three years and I welcome your feedback bit positive and critical of the changes we have implemented. In addition, while I am honored to lead this organization – always know there are many, many individuals that provide countless hours of volunteer service to deliver the quality workshops and conferences each year.
Thank you for your support of SCJAS and STEM education!
- John G. Kaup, PhD
Executive Director, SCJAS
Director of Science Education, Furman University