St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School students Sam Smith, Kyra Wilson, and Christian Taylor presented their research at the Tennessee Jr. Academy of Sciences (TJAS) annual meeting on April 25 at Belmont University. Their work, conducted as part of the freshmen conceptual physics course, was one of roughly 23 papers selected by the reading committee from research conducted by high school students across Tennessee. Smith, Wilson, and Taylor will present their research, “Voltage Measured Relative to Angle of Solar Panel,” to be evaluated by three university professors. If theirs is judged to be one of the top six papers, the entire paper will be published in the Handbook and Proceedings of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Sciences 2014. They will also receive a cash prize if their paper is selected for publication. Regardless of the outcome, their abstract will be published.
Physics teacher Luke Diamond said, “This is a particularly remarkable achievement in that they are a freshmen team competing against upperclassmen.”
Two additional SAS student research papers were selected for abstract publication in the 2014 TJAS Handbook: “The Effect of Added Weight on Draft” by Cooper Nickels and Sam Thomas and “The Effect of Angle on the Efficiency of an Inclined Plane” by Crawford Emory and Ashton Milford.
The Tennessee Junior Academy of Science (TJAS) is designed to further the cause of science education in high schools by providing an annual program of scientific atmosphere and stimulation for capable students. It is comparable to scientific meetings of adult scientists. The Junior Academy supplements other efforts in the encouragement of able students of science by providing an avenue of stimulation and expression.