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.
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 writing.
Additionally, good science fiction has a good story!
The Environmental Innovation category is intended to provide a means of sharing environmentally 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!
The participant in the robotics category must design a device (a robot) that accomplishes a specific purpose repeatedly and autonomously or via remote control.
Robotics teaches 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.