Elementary – Grades 3-5
Junior — Grades 6-8
Senior – Grades 9-12
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
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.
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 B
- ISEF Behavioral and Social Sciences
- ISEF Biochemistry
- ISEF Cellular & Molecular Biology
- ISEF Plant Sciences
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
Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two.
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
|Chemistry||Physics & Astronomy||Earth & Environmental Science||Technology & Engineering|
(See ISEF web site for descriptions)
Medicine and Health Sciences
|Behavioral and Social Sciences
Cellular and Molecular Biology
|Physics and Astronomy: Atoms, Molecules, Solids
Instrumentation and Electronics
Magnetics and Electromagnetics
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Optics, Lasers, Masers
Theoretical or Computational Astronomy
Earth and Planetary Science
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical
Materials and Bioengineering
Energy and Transportation