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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Elementary Division

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/sciencefair/elementary-division/categories.html

Project or Paper Categories

The following are the categories for the South Central and Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair. You must specified one of the following categories for your project or paper:

Animal Sciences

  • Elementary Division - Animal life: worms, snails, insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and non-human mammals. Includes animal behavior, life cycles, body structure and function, animal genetics, classification of animals, animal breeding, farm animals, veterinary medicine, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Study of animals: animal genetics, ornithology, ichthyology, herpetology, entomology, animal ecology, animal anatomy and physiology, circadian rhythms, animal husbandry, histology, animal physiology, invertebrate physiology, studies of invertebrates, animal development, animal pathology, population genetics, systematics, etc.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Elementary Division - Human behavior, social and community relationships, psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, linguistics, learning, perception, urban problems, reading problems, public opinion surveys, educational testing, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Human behavior, social and community relationships–psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, ethology, ethnology, linguistics, learning, perception, urban problems, reading problems, public opinion surveys, educational testing, clinical and developmental psychology, etc

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Middle/High School Only)

  • Cellular biology, cellular physiology, cellular and molecular genetics, immunology, molecular biology, etc.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Elementary Division - Study of nature and composition of matter and laws governing it - general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, physical chemistry, acids and bases, testing of products of a chemical nature, and the chemistry of life processes — enzymes, fermentation, metabolism, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Student must specify which category they will be focusing on.
    • Biochemistry - Chemistry of life processes - general biochemistry, metabolism, structural biochemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones, etc.
    • Chemistry - Study of nature and composition of matter and laws governing it - general chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, physical chemistry, etc.

Computer Science (Middle/High School Only)

  • Study and development of computer hardware, software engineering, Internet networking and communications, databases, graphics (including human interface), simulations / virtual reality or computational science, artificial intelligence, networking, operating systems, etc.

Earth and Planetary Science

  • Elementary Division - Geology, geography, meteorology, crystals, rocks, minerals, soils, volcanoes, weather, fossils, gravity, atmosphere, rivers, lakes, sea and oceans, earth resources, earth structure, early earth, and astronomy, including the sun, planets, solar system, earth and moon interactions, the stars, galaxies, the universe, comets, life on other planets, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Geology, mineralogy, physiography, geochemistry, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, weather, speleology, seismology, geography, geophysics, planetary science, tectonics, etc.

Energy and Transportation

  • Elementary Division - Fossil fuel energy, alternative energy sources, including wood, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, non-renewable and renewable energy sources, energy efficiency in appliances, furnaces, air conditioners, insulation, batteries, automotive and aeronautical engineering, vehicle development, ships and boats, flight, aircraft design, engines, cars, motorcycles, rockets, space travel, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Aerospace and aeronautical engineering, aerodynamics, alternative fuels, fossil fuel energy, vehicle development, renewable energies, etc.

Engineering

  • Elementary Division - Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses - civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical, photographic, sound, controls and thermostats, product testing of engineered products, thermodynamics, robotics, environmental engineering, computer hardware, software engineering, Internet networking and communications, graphics (including human interface), simulations/virtual reality or computational science (including data structures, encryption, coding, and information theory), statistics and probability, mathematics, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Student must specify which category they will be focusing on.
    • Electrical and Mechanical - Technology projects that directly apply principles to practical uses - electrical, computer engineering, controls, mechanical, thermodynamics, solar, robotics, etc.
    • Materials and Bioengineering - Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses - civil, construction, mechanical, industrial, chemical, processing, material science, etc.

Environmental Management (Middle/High School Only)

  • Bioremediation, ecosystems management, environmental engineering, land resource management, forestry, recycling, waste management, etc.

Environmental Science

  • Elementary Division - Pollution (air, water, and land), pollution sources, waste disposal, measurement of air quality, soil and water contamination, bioremediation, ecology, ecosystem management, land resource management, pollution from farms and cities, herbicide and pesticide usage relative to species declines, acid rain, recycling, waste management, etc
  • Middle/High School Division - Study of air pollution and air quality, soil contamination and soil quality, water pollution and water quality, etc.

Family Consumer Science (Elementary School Only)

  • Interpersonal relationships, family issues and strengths, stress and crisis, food and nutrition, food and culture, dietetics, food preservation, experimental food science, textiles and clothing, child development, product testing of foods, clothing, household products, etc.

Health Science, Human Performance, and Medicine

  • Elementary Division - Medicine, dentistry, pathology, ophthalmology, sanitation, pediatrics, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, human genetics, human anatomy and physiology, holistic health and wellness, human chronic and infectious diseases, health and aging, exercise, human performance and athletics, fitness for living, products testing of sports equipment, health and beauty aids, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Disease diagnosis and treatment, edipemiology, dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, genetics, molecular biology of diseases, etc.

Mathematical Sciences (Middle/High School Only)

  • Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations, and the application of these principles - calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theory, statistics, complex analysis and probability, etc.

Microbiology

  • Elementary Division - Biology of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoans, bacterial genetics, yeast, molds, mildews, other fungi, antibiotics, animal and plant diseases, including agricultural diseases, soil microorganisms, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Biology of microorganisms - bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungi, bacterial genetics, yeast, antibiotics, antimicrobials, etc.

Physics and Astronomy

  • Elementary Division - Theories, principles, and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter - solid state, optics, acoustics, particle, nuclear, atomic, plasma, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, electricity, magnets, simple machines, heat and heat transfer, motion, friction, gravity, pressure, sound, light, lenses, mirrors, buoyancy, levers, testing of products at physical science nature, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Theories, principles, and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter - solid state, optics, acoustics, particle, nuclear, atomic, molecules, solids, plasma, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, semiconductors, magnetics, quantum mechanics, biophysics, electromagnetics, optics, lasers, masers, theoretical physics, basic astronomy, theoretical astronomy, computational astronomy, etc.

Plant Sciences

  • Elementary Division - Plant life: flowering and non-flowering plants classification, plant structure and function. Includes agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, paper production and wood products, plant genetics, hydroponics, genetically modified crops, effects of light on plants, flower preservation, plant communities, etc.
  • Middle/High School Division - Study of plant life: agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, plant ecology, photosynthesis, plant systematics, evolution, etc.

Team Projects

  • Research conducted by two or three students in any of previous categories.