Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Held at WCE

Friday, May 01, 2015

Nearly 150 students, parents and chaperones from across the state took a cruise on the Henrietta III on March 22, and participated in the North Carolina Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS) held at the Watson College of Education on March 23.

JSHS is a competition for high school students, sponsored by the research offices of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers, conducting STEM research on behalf of, or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress.

The event brings together some of the top students in the state for a rigorous competition, said Christopher Gordon, assistant director of the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) at the Watson College. He described JSHS as "the Science and Engineering Fair on steroids."

Participating high schools were: Ardrey Kell, Brevard, East Chapel Hill, Enloe, Garner Magnet, Green Hope, Knightdale, Laney, Mallard Creek, Millbrook, New Hanover, NC School of Science and Mathematics, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Providence Day and Western Alliance High School.

More than 30 faculty members from two universities and volunteers from local businesses and schools served as judges.

The symposium was coordinated by CESTEM in partnership with the Center for STEM Education at UNC Charlotte. This is the first time the event has been held at the Watson College.