Students can enter work in any of the following categories for participation and can self select based on interest and ability.
Each of the categories has avenues leading to competition and recognition beyond the scope of the county.
Select the specific category for further information.
Please note: We are in the process of updating our Category Descriptions and Rubrics for STEM Expo 5 (March 7, 2015) - these should be updated by December 1, 2014.
The Rube Goldberg Category is intended to provide a means of discovery of physics and engineering concepts and methods.
The category description covers the device construction, the use of simple machines, and the written sequence requirements
The Invention Category is intended to provide a general area for an innovative solution to a problem, or a new single item invention.
The category description covers the illustrative design detail, the understanding of the invention's use and benefits, and design prototype construction.
The Science Fiction category is intended to provide a means of sharing fictional science. Good science fiction defines or declares alternative physical rules or thought processes for the environment, and then is consistent to those rules throughout the story.
Additionally, good science fiction has a good story!
The category includes not only written Science Fiction stories, but videos, plays, radio shows, graphic novels, etc.
|Environmental or Agricultural Innovation||
The Environmental or Agricultural Innovation category is intended to provide a means of sharing environmentally and/or agriculturally innovative ideas.
These ideas may be new products, procedures, inventions, promotional projects, etc.
The Reverse Engineering Category is intended to provide a means of discovery of engineering concepts and methods
The participant must take something apart and learn how it works, then explain it!
|Robotics & Computer Science||
The participant in the Robotics and Computer Science category must design a device (a robot) that accomplishes a specific purpose repeatedly and autonomously or via remote control OR present a piece of software including the development concept and cycle.
Robotics and Computer Science development teach practical engineering, technology, and math concepts.
Scientific Inquiry is the basic experimentation category.
The items pertaining to this category cover Scientific Methodology, Research, Hypothesis, Experiment Design, Data Collection and Analysis.
If you would like to see the rubric form used by the judges for STEM Expo they are attached to each category, or you can download them all at once here.
Also, there are some notes in this section on what the rubrics mean.