Divisions

Your exhibit is automatically entered in the division that corresponds to your grade level in school. Please note your division below:

Grades

K-3

Primary

Division

Grades

4-6

Intermediate

Division

Grades

7-8

Junior

Division

Grades

9-12

Senior

Division

Categories for Primary/Intermediate/Junior Divisions

(Kindergarten through Grade 8)

  • Earth Science
    (examples: geology, oceanography, astronomy, environment)
  • Life Science
    (examples: plants, animals, human physiology and medicine, ecology)
  • Physical Science
    (examples: mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, optics, chemistry)

Categories for Senior Division

(Grades 9-12)

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Human and animal behavior, social and community relationships — psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, ethology, ethnology, linguistics, learning, perception, urban problems, reading problems, public opinion surveys, educational testing, etc.
  • Biology/Microbiology
    Biological sciences including such topics as botany and zoology.
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
    Study of the nature and composition of matter and the laws governing it—physical chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, fuels, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc.
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
    Study and development of computer hardware, software engineering, internet networking and communications, graphics, computational science (including data structures, encryption, coding, and information theory).  Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations, and the application of these principles—calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theory, statistics, complex analysis, probability.
  • Earth/Space/Environmental Sciences
    Geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteor- ology, climatology, astronomy, speleology, seismology, geography.  Study of pollution (air, water, and land) sources and their control; ecology.
  • Engineering
    Technology; projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses—civil, mechanical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, photographic, sound, automotive, marine, heating and refrigerating, transportation, environmental engineering, etc.
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
    Study of diseases and health of humans and animals— dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, as well as gerontology – study of the aging process in living organisms.
  • Physics
    Theories, principles, and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter—solid state, optics, acoustics, particle, nuclear, atomic, plasma, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, semiconductors, magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics, etc.
  • Partnered exhibits
    Partnered (two-person) exhibits in the Senior Division constitute their own category, regardless of the scientific topics they address, and compete only with one another. Please note that partnered entries are NOT eligible for most special awards nor for the Champion and Grand Champion awards.