- Projects about living organisms, looking for relationships in nature, measuring them, and describing them.
- See Rules – NO PROJECTS INVOLVING HUMAN OR ANIMAL SUBJECTS OTHER THAN STRICTLY OBSERVATIONAL/NON-INTERFERENCE BASED WORK.
The Physical Universe
- Projects focused on chemistry, physics, earth science and space science.
- Projects that involve predicting the future based on our current understanding of STEM.
- Projects that relate to human or other animal health.
- Projects that relate to protecting or restoring natural resources.
Invention and Reverse Engineering
- Projects that focus on how stuff works, taking machines apart and re-building them, building new things and more.
- Projects involving over-engineering a machine to perform a simple task, usually involving a chain reaction (Rube Goldberg machines).
Computation and Robotics
- Projects involving robotics, computer science and/or mathematical analysis.
- Projects that demonstrate how new patterns emerge at increasing levels of complexity, that involve two (or more) categories.
Prize categories will be determined at a later date, depending on sponsorship dollars, numbers of students registered and other criteria. Please note that students will have the option of choosing to participate with a project but NOT be judged to encourage as many students as possible to attend.