The National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the scientific and science education goals of its state, regional and municipal academies of science. The NAAS consists of 47 state and regional academies of science, which are organized to encourage all facets of scientific inquiry and experiences.
One of the most important functions of the NAAS is the sponsorship and parent organization of the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS).
The AJAS mission is to introduce, encourage and accelerate pre-college students into the world of science, engineering and technology by enabling and integrating their participation into the social, cultural and scientific activities of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
It does this primarily through science activities that allow students to experience the world of scientific research first hand.
One of the most rewarding experiences for students of the AJAS is their attendance and full participation as young scientists in the annual symposium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).