Junior Division-Grades 6-8
Natural Science – Separate judging categories for grades 6, 7, and 8
Natural Science categories include projects involving the study of biology and living things to include plants, animals and humans. Natural Science categories also include studies of medicine and health, the environment and conservation of natural resources.
Physical Science – Separate judging categories for grades 6, 7, and 8
Physical Science categories include projects involving the study of nonliving matter and energy to include astronomy, chemistry, electricity, heat, light, magnetism and sound.
Senior Division-Grades 9-12
Botany includes all plant study, including growth and development, whole plant, cellular and subcellular structure, classification of species, environment, evolution and breeding.
Chemistry includes the study of elements and compounds, the atoms and molecules of which they are composed and the reactions between them.
Earth and Space Sciences
Earth and Space Sciences includes environment and conservation, geology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, aircraft and flight.
Engineering projects involve the application of scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses. Some popular fields of engineering study are civil, chemical, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering.
Mathematics and Computers
Math and Computers includes the study of quantity, order and relationships including game theory, information theory and statistics. Math and Computer projects may also explore the development and applications of computer technology including the input, storage, processing and output of information and data.
Medicine and Health
Medicine and Health projects show the application of scientific principles to medicine and health, dentistry, sociology, pathology, sanitation, psychology and gerontology.
Physics includes the study of interactions of matter and energy (excluding chemistry), including heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, mechanics, nuclear physics, optics and quantum mechanics.
Zoology includes the study of animals, living or extinct, including birds, fish, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.