Students in 7th and 8th grade participate in PJAS. Students follow the scientific method to develop a project. Selecting a project topic, researching background information, formulating a hypothesis, developing an experiment, collecting & analyzing data and forming a conclusion are all done with teacher guidance. An oral presentation is presented to judges at a regional competition, usually held at Penn State Behrend followed by a question & answer session. Judges present awards and the students may an opportunity to present their project on a state level at Penn State Main.