Types and Categories

IMG_2791Thank you so much for joining the more than 400 professionals from Southern Arizona who come together for our students. You will encourage a student entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

There are two types of judges — those who award “sponsored awards,” and those who award “grand awards.”

Which are you?

Sponsored Award Judges:

If your company has asked you to select a project that it will be awarding a specific prize that is related to your company or organization’s focus, then you are a “sponsored awards” judge. After reading the following, please proceed to that section. You will be able to determine winners based on your OWN criteria and needs. And you will be forwarded to the section where you can register the awards and prizes your organization would like to award.

Grand Award Judges:

If you want to help us select the best projects for the fair overall (and in a specific category) you will be a “grand award” judge. You will use our criteria to select projects in your favorite grade level, kindergarten through high school, which is modeled after the ISEF.

You will be invited to choose which category and age level you feel most comfortable judging. (Not sure? We can help! When you sign up, you will be asked about your strengths and preferences.)

And don’t worry — we will train you so that you will feel comfortable taking on this important task. After reading this section, please proceed to the other Judging Sections to receive training and sign-up instructions.

SARSEF has projects from students in Grades K-12 — totaling nearly 1,800 projects — and we ensure that each project is judged by at least three judges. Judging teams are established to judge by grade and category, so you wil never be solely responsible for how a project proceeds. Some categories even have large teams. We staff enough judges to adequately judge each project fairly.

  • High school judges must be professionals in their fields (five years preferred) and hold advanced degrees. Those qualification are not always required for judges of Grades K-8 projects.
  • Middle school judges should hold a bachelor’s degree, and have had some experience in their field.
  • Elementary school judges should have any level of post-high-school education — as long as the judge has some experience with the age level selected and/or interest in the field selected.

If teachers want to become judges, we request they judge a grade LOWER than they teach. This provides a level of confidence to the team that the projects they are reviewing are appropriate for the grade level.

Please sign up using Judging Registration. Indicate your category preference selections, and join us on Judging Day. It will begin with a great breakfast sponsored by Texas Instruments, followed by a fun day reviewing great project displays. Lunch is also provided!

All projects will fall into one of these three types:

  • Individual: one person working alone
  • Team: two or three persons working together
  • Groups: (In Grades K-5, there may also be groups of four or more students working on one project.)

Projects will fall into one of these categories that you may want to consider:

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List of Categories

Categories and Subcategories

The categories listed below are those used at SARSEF K-12.  Judges are encouraged to sign up for an area that matches their education background and expertise.

Projects for SARSEF may be entered in any one of the following categories. Most projects could have been entered under a number of categories; it is often difficult for a student to choose. Occasionally, judges come across a project that they feel may have been entered in the incorrect category. Please judge the project in the category it has been placed.

NEW!!! Categories for High School Level

 

Animal Sciences (AS)

Behavioral and Social Sciences (BE)

Biochemical Science and Bioengineering (BB)

Biomedical and Health Sciences (BH)

Cellular and Molecular Biology (CB)

Chemical and Material Sciences (CM)

Earth and Environmental Sciences (EE)

Energy and Environmental Engineering (EN)

Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical (EM)

Microbiology (MI)

Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics (PM)

Plant Sciences (PS)

Robotics and Computer Sciences (RC)

NEW!!! Categories for Middle School Level

  • Animal and Plant Sciences (AP):  The study of animal and plant life, including their structure, function, life history, interactions with other plants and animals, classification, and evolution. Includes: Animal Behavior, Development and Growth, Ecology, Genetics/ Breeding, Nutrition and growth, Pathology, Physiology, Soil and Pesticides, Systematics, and Evolution.
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (BE):  The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. Includes work on Psychology and Sociology.
  • Cellular and Microbiological Sciences (CM):  The study of the cells and microorganisms. Including cell structure and formation, genetics, immunology, systems within the cell, antimicrobial agents, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and pathogens.
  • Chemical Sciences (CH):  The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter and/or their interactions with living organisms. Includes the study of the design, synthesis and properties of substances, including condensed phases (solids, liquids, polymers) and interfaces, with a useful or potentially useful function, such as catalysis or solar energy.
  • Earth and Environmental Science (EE):  Earth and Environmental Science are studies of the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span, as well as studies of Earth systems and their evolution.  Including: Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Environmental Effects on Ecosystems, Geosciences, Water Science.  
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering (EN): Energy is the study of renewable energy sources and structures, energy efficiency, biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport, and alternative fuels. Includes: Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Thermal Power, Sustainable Design, Alternative Fuels, Fossil Fuel Energy, Fuel Cells and Battery Development, Microbial Fuel Cells. Environmental Engineering are studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution. Including:  Bioremediation, Land Reclamation, Pollution Control, Recycling and Waste Management, Water Resources Management
  • Engineering Robotics, and Computer Science (ER): Engineering studies the design, manufacture, and operation of machines, structures, processes, and systems. Includes, Aerospace and Aeronautical, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Construction, Industrial, Processing, Ground and Naval vehicles. Robotics is studies in which the use of machine intelligence is paramount to reducing the reliance on human intervention such as Biomechanics, Cognitive Systems, Control Theory, Robot Kinematics, Machine Learning.  Computer Science is the study and development of technological software and hardware and information processes. Includes: Programming, Algorithms, Data Bases, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Communications, Computational Science, Computer Graphics, Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Computer System, Operating System.
  • Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics (PM): Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Includes: light, sound, magnetism and motion.  Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.  Mathematics is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.

 

NEW!!! Categories for Elementary Level

  • Animal and Plant Sciences (AP):  The study of animal and plant life, including their structure, function, life history, interactions with other plants and animals, classification, and evolution. Includes: Animal Behavior, Development and Growth, Ecology, Genetics/ Breeding, Nutrition and growth, Pathology, Physiology, Soil and Pesticides, Systematics, and Evolution.
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (BE):  The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. Includes work on Psychology and Sociology.
  • Cellular and Microbiological Sciences (CM):  The study of the cells and microorganisms. Including cell structure and formation, genetics, immunology, systems within the cell, antimicrobial agents, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and pathogens.
  • Chemical Sciences (CH):  The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter and/or their interactions with living organisms. Includes the study of the design, synthesis and properties of substances, including condensed phases (solids, liquids, polymers) and interfaces, with a useful or potentially useful function, such as catalysis or solar energy.
  • Earth and Environmental Science (EE):  Earth and Environmental Science are studies of the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span, as well as studies of Earth systems and their evolution.  Including: Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Environmental Effects on Ecosystems, Geosciences, Water Science.  
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering (EN): Energy is the study of renewable energy sources and structures, energy efficiency, biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport, and alternative fuels. Includes: Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Thermal Power, Sustainable Design, Alternative Fuels, Fossil Fuel Energy, Fuel Cells and Battery Development, Microbial Fuel Cells. Environmental Engineering are studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution. Including:  Bioremediation, Land Reclamation, Pollution Control, Recycling and Waste Management, Water Resources Management
  • Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science (ER): Engineering studies the design, manufacture, and operation of machines, structures, processes, and systems. Includes, Aerospace and Aeronautical, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Construction, Industrial, Processing, Ground and Naval vehicles. Robotics is studies in which the use of machine intelligence is paramount to reducing the reliance on human intervention such as Biomechanics, Cognitive Systems, Control Theory, Robot Kinematics, Machine Learning.  Computer Science is the study and development of technological software and hardware and information processes. Includes: Programming, Algorithms, Data Bases, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Communications, Computational Science, Computer Graphics, Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Computer System, Operating System.
  • Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics (PM): Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Includes: light, sound, magnetism and motion.  Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.  Mathematics is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.

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