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New Jersey Science Olympiad Grades 6-8 
New Jersey Science Olympiad has been on the leading edge of educational innovations since 1993. These innovations include high academic standards; demonstration of skills through performance testing; learning through hands-on, minds-on activities; cooperative learning through events that require teamwork; improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards and making applications and connections to the real world.  Events are closely aligned with New Jersey Science Education Standards and include strong components for problem solving, critical thinking and use of technology.    
Math Counts
The students compete against other schools from the North Jersey Chapter.  February 2014 was our first time competing and there were well over 260 middle school students competing.  Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented ranked 25 out of 34 schools.
An opportunity for students to share their marine science projects with Rutgers Oceanographers and for Rutgers Oceanographers to share their science with our students.
ExploraVision Grade 5
ExploraVision is one of the world's largest K-12 science competitions that inspire youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Toshiba's shares this partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.  Our 5th graders work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. Ms. Bruins guides our students as they study a technology of interest and predict what that technology might be like 20 years from now. Students explore what was necessary to make their visions a reality.
E Cyber Mission
is a US Army run online science fair for students in grades 6-9. Our 6th graders will be participating.
New Jersey Regional Competition for National History Day
National History Day is an excellent opportunity for students to make history come alive by engaging time in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.  By participating in this competition, students will be guaranteed to grow as they apply through research, apply their analytical and critical thinking skills, and learn the importance of citing resources, and apply their public speaking skills. All of our 7th and 8th grade students participate in a school wide competition.  Then a small number go on to the Regional Competition.