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Elementary – Grades 3-5
Junior — Grades 6-8
Senior – Grades 9-12

Elementary Categories
Projects are not divided into categories. Elementary Projects will be judged with outstanding projects receiving an "Exemplary Project" plaque. Elementary projects can have from one to three students per projects. A maximum of eight projects from each of the eight regional fairs may be entered at the elementary level from grades 3 through 5.

Junior and Senior Categories
Categories are:

  • Biological Science A
  • Biological Science B
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Environmental Science,
  • Physics
  • Technology, Engineering.

From one to three students can work on a single project. Each Regional Fair can nominate two entries from each of the six categories for the state level NC Science and Engineering Fair.

Category Descriptions

Great care should be taken in selecting the category for competition that best matches the project. The following descriptions should be of assistance in making the most appropriate decisions. See detailed descriptions of the ISEF categories on the ISEF web site.

NCSEF Biological Science A

  • ISEF Animal Science
  • ISEF Medicine and Health Science
  • ISEF Microbiology

NCSEF Biological Science B

  • ISEF Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • ISEF Biochemistry
  • ISEF Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • ISEF Plant Sciences

NCSEF Chemistry
The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems.

NCSEF Earth/Environmental Science
Geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology,
Study of pollution especially related to the environment

NCSEF Physics
Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two.

NCSEF Technology/Engineering
Technology or Engineering projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses.

If you are using the descriptions of categories listed in the ISEF Wizard, use the following table to match their descriptions with the NC State Science and Engineering Fair Categories.

NCSEF Categories Biological Science A Biological
Science B
Chemistry Physics & Astronomy Earth & Environmental Science Technology & Engineering

ISEF Categories

(See ISEF web site for descriptions)

Animal Sciences

Medicine and Health Sciences


Behavioral and Social Sciences


Cellular and Molecular Biology

Plant Sciences

Analytical Chemistry

General Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physics and Astronomy: Atoms, Molecules, Solids


Biological Physics

Instrumentation and Electronics

Magnetics and Electromagnetics

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Optics, Lasers, Masers
Theoretical Physics,

Theoretical or Computational Astronomy

Earth and Planetary Science

Environmental Sciences


Computer Science

Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical

Materials and Bioengineering

Energy and Transportation

Mathematical Sciences