Project Categories

The Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair 



Select one category that relates to your project
Animal Sciences (ASThe study of animals and animal life, including their structure, function, life history, interactions, classification. This includes rhythmic functions, learning, and intelligence, sensory preferences, and environmental effects on behaviors. The study of an organism from earliest stages through birth or hatching. 
Behavioral and Social Science (BE) The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. Subcategories include:  Clinical and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Sociology. For example, trigger of fear, learned behavior, effect of color on choice, pecking order, group size.
Biochemistry (BIThe study of chemical substances, interactions, and processes relevant to living organisms. Any project that focuses on the chemistry of life processes such as respiration, photosynthesis, enzymes, diffusion or similar projects. The study of chemical proceses, including interactions and reactions, relevant to living organisms.
Biology (BL) The study of living organisms. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms
Chemistry (CHThe science of the composition structure, properties, and reactions of matter. The study of the separation, identification, and quantification of the chemical compentnts of materials. For example the Ph of household substances, controlling rate of reaction, producing a desired substance.
Computer Science (CS) The study of information processes, the structures and procedures that represent processes, and their inplementation in information processing systems.  It includes systems analysis and design, application and system software design, programming, and datacenter operations. Including: Algorithms, Databases, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Communications, Computational Science, Computer Graphics, Computer System Operating Systems, Operating Systems.
Dental (DL) Study of dental health. Projects include toothpaste studies, teeth whitening studies, dental practices, etc.
Earth and Planetary Science (EA) Study of sciences related to the planet Earth.  Geology, minerology, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, geography, atmospheric sciences.  The study of planets or planetary systems and the solar system.  The study of the earth's structural features as related to plate structe, plate movement, volcanism, etc.
Fire Safety (FS) For fire safety projects. Open to students in Grades 6-12 only.  All projects involving fire must be monitored by an adult at all times.  Requires additional Safety Form 1A.  Grades K-5 may submit fire safety projects that address fire prevention. K-5 may not submit projects with fire.
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical (EE) The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacuture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, processes and systems. Includes Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Thermodynamics.
Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering (EN) The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical machines and systems.  Subcategories include:  Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Processing, Material Science.  Includes:  designing bridges, roads, water supply, flood control.  Includes projects with construction materials, for example concrete.  Includes Environmental Engineering - The application of engineering principals to solve practical problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste and the control of pollution. 
Energy and Transportation (ETThe study of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport and alternative fuels.  Subcategories include:  Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (the design of aircraft and space vehicles), Aerodynamics, Alternative Fuels (including electricity, hythane, hydorgen, natural gass and wood), Fossil Fuel Energy (including hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas), Vehicle Development, Renewable Energies (including solar and wind).  Vehicle Development - engineering of vehicles that operate using energy other than from fossil fuel.
Environmental Sciences (EVThe analysis of existing conditions of the environment.  Subcategories include:  Air Pollution and Air Quality, Soil Contamination and Soil Quality, Water Pollution and Water Quality.  For example, the study of contamination of the air by such things as noxious gases, elements, minerals, chemicals solid and liquid matter (particulates), etc.
Industrial Hygiene (IN) The study of environmental and occupational health science and safety. Includes safety in labratories, OSHA and NIOSH standards, respiratory fit testing, contamination, injuries in the workplace, handling hazardous materials, etc.
Mathematical Sciences (MA) The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.  The deductive study of numbers, geometry, and various abstract constructs, or structures.  Subcategories include:  Algebra, Analysis, Computer Mathematics, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Game Theory, Geometry and Topology, Number Theory, Probability and Statistics.  For example, the study of the arithmetic properties of integers and related topics such as cryptography.  The study of combinatorial structures in mathematics, such as finite sets, graphs, and games, often with a view toward classification and/r enumeration. 
Medicine and Health Sciences (ME) The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.  Subcategories:  Disease Diagnosis and Treatment, Eppdemiology, Genetics. Any study that explores diagnosing, improving, and/or preserving health. For example: monitoring health aspects of persons enrolled in diet or body-building programs, checking for hearing or sight loss.
Microbiology (MI) Studies of the activities and effects of microorganisms, such as algae, fungi, protozoan, virus and bacteria as related to their life processes. For example: bacteria in milk, water or soil, growth rates, identity of organisms. Be careful of pathogenic agents which require a protocol, safety forms and compliance.
Physics (PH) Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Includes the study of physical properties of light and lasers.
Plant Sciences (PS)  Study of plant life, including their structure and function, life history and growth. Including ecology, genetics/breeding, study of flowers. Development and growth-study of a plant from earliest stages through germination and into later life. This includes cellular and molecular aspects of deveopment and environmental effects, natural or manmade on development and growth.