Science Fair Rules and Information

Science Fair Categories


Behavioral and  Social Sciences-  Studies that explore the activities and interactions between individuals or organisms and the natural world.
Biochemistry, Medicine, Health Science, Microbiology  -Studies including the structure and formation of cells and the analysis of gene structure and function. Studies are chiefly concerned with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the biochemistry of the cell, DNA, RNA and proteins, transcription and translation, and gene regulation. In addition, this category involves the study of certain diseases and their treatment. The category includes those projects related to improvement of the health of the human system. The study of microorganisms is also included in this category.

Animal and Plant Sciences– Study of plant and animal life.  This category includes agriculture, forestry, horticulture, hydroponics, pest control, plant diseases and pathology, plant genetics, plant physiology, and plant taxonomy. Also, the study of animals (Zoology) is included in this category.


Earth & Space Science-Studies of geologic or atmospheric processes on Earth or to processes occurring at an astronomical level, including observational astronomy. Note that projects that involve analysis or theoretical treatment of phenomena occurring at an astronomical scale might fit better into Physics  depending on the emphasis in the project.

Engineering-A general engineering category, for projects with a primary goal of developing a process or product. In addition, it includes studies related to the development of mechanical devices or processes, with an emphasis on a product or a specific applied goal.

Environmental Science-Studies related to environment, ecology, and other areas of interaction among animals, humans, and natural phenomena. In addition, it includes the studies related to the measurement, improvement, or impact on the quality or quantity of the water supply.

Mathematics and Computer Science -Study of pure or applied math, including statistics, focused on the mathematical aspects of a problem, rather than on application to a specific field. Projects of the latter sort might be better suited for the category related to that field. Also  included in this category is computer engineering principles, computer security, or protocol development. Note that a project that simply uses a computer program toward a  different scientific end (that is, where the emphasis is on the end result, not on how the program was written or tested) should probably be placed in a more  relevant category.

Physical Sciences (Physics & Chemistry)-Studies that confirm or extend our understanding of physical principles at any level:
astronomical, macroscopic, nano-scale, or at the atomic and molecular level.   Also, studies of the properties or behavior of matter at the atomic or molecular level, either experimental or theoretical

*Certain restrictions apply. Please review the “Rules” and “Registration”.


Research conducted and presented at the science fair must have been properly supervised and approved according to the guidelines set forth in the registration form and must be incompliance with all local, state and national laws and regulations. Each student may submit only one entry. Please arrive with a tri-fold poster board (no bigger than …

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Internet Sources  The Internet Public Library – Science Fair Project Guide – A resource guide providing a variety of excellent web resources. This site has excellent resources, “A Science Fair Project Resource Guide” which is available at: This site has all kinds of information and links to many other sites and publication listings. The Science Buddies Website offers a …

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1. Can teams enter the science fair or is it only for individuals? Individuals may enter or teams of up to three students are welcome to enter. However, if a team project is in the top 10% of our fair, each member of the team must fill out their own indivdual application for Nationals.  Also, each …

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