Special Categories

Special Award Categories

STEM Expo may offer awards in special or extra areas (categories) for entries that show a focus on these particular aspects in their project. Unless noted below, these awards are open to all entrants, and are awarded in addition to the normal awards for the category.

Entrants are automatically entered into the special categories when they enter the primary category: no separate entry for the special category is required.

There are no rubrics specific to these categories. During the course of judging, the judges may elect to nominate entries into these areas, then a special individual judge or panel of judges will determine the category award after reviewing the entries.

Note that projects that include some aspect of all of these categories are commonly among the most successful in their primary category.

STEM Expo may elect to include or exclude any or all of these award categories on the day of the event.

Creative Arts Category

The Creative Arts category focuses on the presentation from an artistic standpoint. The intent is to recognize the entry(s) that have artistry in their presentation.

This artistry could be represented in one aspect (for instance a single drawing or graphical element) or as part of the project presentation as a whole.

Research Category

The Research category focuses on the research that an individual entrant did in the preparation of the entry. The intent is to recognize the value of the research as a separate context and appreciate an entrant who has gone above and beyond the normal level of research for their category.

Research is applicable for all categories, and may be presented in any form as part of the entry.

California State Science Fair Advancement

STEM Expo is the local nominating affiliate for the California State Science Fair (CSSF). As such, entries in appropriate categories are considered for advancement to that event. STEM Expo is given a certain number of attendees that we may advance and they are expected to be the best representation of the standards at STEM Expo.

The CSSF advancement is applicable for the categories of: Environmental/Agricultural Innovation, Invention, Robotics, and Scientific Inquiry.