There are three types of PJAS projects.
Science projects must fit into one of 10 categories. (Listed in the category link below). For a science project the student must formulate a hypothesis, design an experiment, and then carry out the experiment to test the hypothesis. Attention must be given to the scientific method, control variables, and number of trials. For PJAS competition the student must give a 10-minute oral presentation describing the hypothesis, experiment, and results.
Mathematic projects are expository, not experimental, in nature. The student should select and research a topic. The topic should not be one that is covered in the student’s regular mathematics class. It could be supplemental or at a grade level above that of the student. For PJAS competition the student must give a 10-mintue oral presentation on their topic. Attention must be given to correct mathematical notation, vocabulary, and methods.
Computer projects may take several forms. The most common is writing a program that could be used to perform a practical task. Other examples would be a comparison of data compression routines, an evaluation of the efficiency of operating systems, or an effort to improve Internet security. For PJAS competition the student must give a 10-minute oral presentation describing the project. For PJAS competition a computer demonstration of the project is not allowed. The student must give a 10-minute oral presentation describing methods used, problems encountered, and the finished product.
The following publications provide important information about projects. We recommend that both sponsors and students print and study these.