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The APS science program helps all APS students gain the scientific knowledge and skills to become part of a productive global work force of problem solvers and innovators.

The APS Science Program

  • Ensures implementation of the science standards defined by the Virginia Department of Education through the development of curriculum and selection of instructional resources.
  • Develops and facilitates learning opportunities for teachers and staff.
  • Supports teachers through mentoring, lesson modeling, and observations to ensure best practices for science instruction.
  • Supports the schools in their facilitation and implementation of their fairs or expos and organizes, hosts, and runs the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Supports participation in Virginia Junior Academy of Science and facilitates the registration and transportation of students and teachers attending the symposium.
  • Schedules and facilitates trips to the Planetarium and oversees day-to-day operation.
  • Supports sustainability education and oversees the school-based sustainability liaisons.

Local Science Fairs

All APS secondary schools host annual local science fairs.  These fairs provide students with the opportunity to engage in independent science research and to communicate their results to teachers, peers, and judges.  Our students receive valuable feedback on their scientific investigation and communication skills and top projects from the school-based fairs are invited to present their research at the Northern Virginia Regional Science & Engineering Fair. These experiences would not be possible without the help of volunteer judges.  Please consider volunteering as a judge at one of our school fairs. 

Regional Science Fair

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2023 Northern Virginia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

March 4, 2023

The Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held in-person at Wakefield High School on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Additional fair documents:

VJAS (Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences)

Affiliation and Objectives:

The Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) is directly sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS). The objectives of the VJAS are to (1) discover and encourage scientific aptitude among secondary school students [grades 7 through 12] in Virginia, (2) foster fellowship between its members and members of the VAS, (3) encourage students to continue their education in science, engineering and related fields, and (4) develop a background among its members which will lead to membership in the Virginia Academy of Science and other professional science organizations.

Benefits of the VJAS:

The VJAS, through its active state-wide programs, serves as an effective stimulus for scientific research by sponsoring programs for the advancement of science in grades 7 through 12 and by encouraging students to enter scientific research investigations in competition for awards at the annual VJAS Research Symposium. All members are eligible to submit their research papers to the Research Symposium. If accepted students are expected to attend the Symposium, participate in the annual meeting, present their papers and compete for numerous honors and awards. The VJAS provides a means for students to meet others of similar ages, intents, and ambitions from the Commonwealth. The Research Symposium of VJAS provides an opportunity for students to attend lectures by professional scientists, scientific paper sessions of the VAS, and research presentations by their peers. *above taken from the VJAS Handbook. More information on the VJAS, including how to write and submit a paper for consideration for this year’s symposium, can be found at their website:  http://www.vjas.org

The David M. Brown Planetarium is now open for APS student field trips. Public events are offered through the Friends of the Planetarium.

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Science Office

Syphax Education Center
2110 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22204

Twitter: @APSscience

Dr. Dat Le
Science Supervisor

Michele Lombard
Science Specialist

Jennifer Powell
Science Specialist

Christine Reid
Administrative Assistant