My Category's Missing

In my county fair I was in category X, but that category doesn't exist in the State Science Fair. What category should I choose?
Don't worry. The categories used in almost all of the county and regional fairs in the State differ from those at the State Fair. This is as it should be, because each fair has different needs and resources.

Further, even if your county fair's category does exist at the State Fair, and you put that category down as your choice, you still may end up in a different one. This happens to about 20% of all projects in the Fair. A committee of experienced judges assigns each project in the Fair to its proper category based on their reading every Project Summary in the Fair. The goal of this assignment is to insure that projects which are similar end up in the same category.

So, what do you do? Pick the category which fits the subject of your project the best. Remember that the category concerns the subject of your study, not its methods or its eventual intended goals. See here for more guidance.

Last updated: Fri Jan 10 20:48:52 PST 1997
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