The Iowa Academy of Science founded the Junior Academy in 1932 to provide students with opportunities to supplement their classroom science experience with opportunities to meet and learn from Iowa scientists. The Academy provides supplemental materials and experiences such as learning scientific research methods, writing research proposals, applying for grant funding, receiving feedback from scientists and science educators, conducting research, and reporting results at regional and state level science fairs and at the Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting in April. Students and teachers work with Iowa scientists and educators and meet other Iowa middle and high school students. Students learn from scientists and science educators. Teachers connect with scientists and other educators. The program teaches the research process through mentoring and doing. Occasionally advanced students have conducted original research projects.
Iowa Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) membership includes the following categories:
IJAS School: Membership category for schools. Students in an IJAS member school are eligible to participate in IJAS activities for the academic year. This is not an individual membership category.
IJAS Student: Category for home school and individual students not associated with an IJAS school. Membership is for the academic year.
Note: School contacts are not Members of the Academy. Individuals become members of the Academy by joining as Professional Members. Individual memberships are not included with an IJAS school membership.