At expo, we understand that people change their interest everyday – we got your back. When entering your project into the expo fairs, you can choose from the 13 categories.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (AGR)
ANIMAL SCIENCES (ANI)
BIOMEDICAL AND MEDICAL SCIENCES (BIO)
Diseases and Illnesses
Food Science and Technology
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY (CHB)
COMPUTER SCIENCES AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (COM)
EARTH SCIENCES (EAR)
Chemical Engineering/Process Engineering
Civil & Industrial
Electrical, Electronics and Embedded Systems
Mechanical & Aeronautical
Mining & Metallurgical
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (EVS)
Statistics and Probability
PLANT SCIENCES (PLA)
PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCES (PHY)
Astronomy and Space Sciences
Matter and Materials
Mechatronics and Robotics
SOCIAL SCIENCES (SOC)
A research project can go in various directions, however, the emphasis of your project, will determine the category in which the project will be entered.
E.g. When your project is about water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) – to place your project in a category, ask yourself what you are trying to find out about the plant. If you are looking at the:
- effectiveness of all established biocontrol agents on water hyacinth plant growth – Environmental Studies
- use of water hyacinth in waste water treatments, focusing on the chemicals – Environmental Studies
- water hyacinth as a potential biofuel crop – Agricultural Sciences
- phenology and growth of water hyacinth in two different locations – Botany
- socio-economic utilization of water hyacinth and how it has impacted the local communities – Social Sciences
The list goes on and on... Plant projects should not be defaulted to the botany field, the application and methods used in all these examples are different, hence the difference in categories. Expert judges are chosen for all categories; entering into a wrong category can be a disadvantage. Choose your category wisely.
Types of Projects
An investigative project is where the problem is solved. When undertaking an investigation, a set method is followed that allows for the testing of an idea, or finding a solution to a problem, which determines a clear conclusion to the problem or question asked.
Pure science projects focus on learning more about the world we live in by improving our knowledge at a fundamental and basic level. Little or no regard is given to applying this knowledge to practical applications. Pure scientists conduct experiments or studies to test scientific hypotheses and develop theories. An important aspect of this experimentation involves identifying variables and, where possible, controlling them.
Engineering and technology projects use pure and applied science knowledge to meet a specific user need, most often in an industrial or commercial setting. Brilliant innovation and invention is less important, rather a systematic method for user need identification as well as technology or knowledge application to meet the need. A good project would demonstrate the development of a useful technology using a system design, build and test process.
Mathematics and computer science projects use the language of science and is used to explain existing phenomena or prove new concepts and ideas. These often involve creating and writing new algorithms to solve a problem or improve on an existing algorithm.