This year we will also have the district 4 competition for the The North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) at UNCP on the same day of the science fair. The competition will take place at 4pm in room 3256 of the oxendine science building. Those who enter will be award medals and will then be able to attend the state meeting on March 14, 2008 at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham.
The North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) is a subset of the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) for students in grades 6-12. The objectives of NCSAS are 1) promoting the study of science, technology, and mathematics, 2) assisting students to pursue careers in science and technology, and 3) encouraging students to use their talents for the improvement of themselves, their schools, and their communities. Each year, NCSAS holds District and State meetings at which students have the opportunity to share their research in competition. In 2004, the site for the annual state meeting moved to the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham.
The NCSAS is made up of 7 districts state-wide with six of them being geographical and the seventh being the North Carolina School of Science and Math which enrolls students from all over the state. While most members of NCSAS are affiliated by a club membership, students may also register for individual membership. Registration forms must be filled out to participate in the meetings, and new members may join during registration. While most districts offer district competitions, some do not, and students not in districts that hold competitions are encouraged to send in their papers directly to the state competition.
For more details regarding NCSAS and information about the district and state meeting procedures, please see the NCSAS Handbook (PDF).
District 4 - Southeastern NC
Jose D'Arruda, University of NC at Pembroke
Susan Taylor, Lumberton High School
Counties: Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland
The North Carolina Student Academy of Science sponsors two types of projects at each meeting: individual research projects and club projects. Individual research projects are carried out by up to three students who conduct research in some appropriate area of science, technology or mathematics and then prepare research reports. Club projects are conducted as a group and must be focused on aiding the club, school, or community. Active clubs and their members can conduct both individual and club projects. The research reports from these projects are presented at the state meeting each spring.
Do you know about the Student Academy? We are not the Science Fair, Science Olympiad, or Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, all organizations that seek to foster student interest in science and mathematics. NCSAS does that, too, but is distinctive in holding competitions at the District and State levels for students who have completed research projects, requiring both a paper and an oral presentation, and providing an opportunity for them to receive personal feedback from research scientists in their field. In addition, we offer mini-grants to student researchers to encourage their efforts.
Awards given at the State Competition include cash, plaques, science magazine subscriptions, books, cash, and bookstore gift cards. For high school students we also award a limited number of expense-paid trips to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/American Junior Academy of Science meetings for the most outstanding papers, plus we give a $1,000 college scholarship each year. Finally, through our affiliation with the NC Academy of Science, the North Carolina’s association for college level research scientists, we award honorary memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science to two students each year.
Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010
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