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BUSINESS

Entrepreneurship

Refers to owning, organizing, and managing your own business by providing a necessary product or service.

Culinary Arts

The creative practice of cooking. One who engages in the culinary arts, or a culinarian, is either called a cook or a chef depending on their level of expertise.

HUMANITIES


Music Composition

The science or art of arranging music by ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination or in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.

Original Essay

A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.

Playwriting

A literary composition developed for the stage.

Poetry - Performance

An original poem or prose, written by the contestant, performed as a monologue or exchange involving extemporization.

Poetry - Written

A composition, marked by language chosen for its sound, beauty and evocative power.

Short Story

A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Dance - Ballet

To perform a series of rhythmic and highly technical patterned bodily movements usually performed to music using grace and precision.

Dance - Contemporary

To perform a series of rhythmic and technical patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.

Dance - Modern

To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music that focuses on the dancer’s interpretations using their emotions and moods to develop choreography.

Dance - Traditional

To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music to reflect the life of the people of a certain region or country.

Dramatic Arts - Acting

The art of staging or acting plays

Music Instrumental - Classical

The art of performing with a device used to produce music with tones of the late 18th and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.

Music Instrumental - Contemporary

The art of performing with a device used to produce music with the tones of the present.

Music Vocal - Classical

The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds of the late 18th and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.

Music Vocal - Contemporary

The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds to produce music with the tones of the present.

Oratory

The art of speaking in public eloquently and effectively. (This is not a dramatic presentation).

SCIENCES

All of the Science Categories have the same guidelines

Biology/Microbiology

The science of life or of the origin, structure, reproduction, growth and development of living organisms collectively.

Projects in this category could involve the biology of organisms from the macroscopic scale to the microscopic scale (e.g. bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, Yeast, genes etc.)

Chemistry/Microchemistry

The science that deals with the composition, structure and properties of chemical processes and phenomena of substances and the transformation that they undergo.

Projects in this category could involve physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, plastic, fuels, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc. This category also includes the chemistry of life processes such as molecular biology, molecular genetics, enzymes, photosynthesis, blood chemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones, etc.

Computer Science

The science that deals with the theoretical aspects of computers including storage and the transformation of data using computers.

This category pertains to the study and development of computer hardware, software engineering, internet networking and communications, graphic (including human interface), simulations/virtual reality or computational sciences (including data structures, encryption, coding and information theory).

Earth and Space Science

The body of sciences that include geology, mineralogy, physiographic, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, astronomy, speleology, seismology, geography, etc.

Projects in this category could also be concerned with environmental science such as the study of pollution (air, water, and land) sources and their control as well as ecology.

Engineering

Technology – Projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses.

Projects in this category could involve v=civil , mechanical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, photographic, sound, automotive, marine, heating, refrigerating, transportation, and environmental engineering; electronics, etc.

Mathematics

The science of numbers and operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions of spaces configurations and their structure. Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations and the application of these principles.

Projects in this category could involve calculus, geometry, number theory, statistics, complex analysis, probability, etc.

Medicine and Health

The study of disease and health of humans and animals.

Projects in this category could involve dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, etc.

Physics

Theories, principles and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter.

Projects in this category could involve solid state physics, optics, acoustics, particle physics, nuclear physics, atomic energy, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, semiconductors, magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics, etc.

VISUAL ARTS

Architecture

The Science, art or profession of designing buildings or outdoor spaces.

Examples may include but are not limited to: Building designs, landscape designs, interior designs, urban plans. Can include 2D work such as hand-drawn sketches, computer-aided designs, blueprints, and floor plans, OR 3D work such as scale models made from foam core, balsa wood, cardboard, wooden blocks, polystyrene, found or reused objects, etc.

Drawing

The art of representing forms and figures on a surface by means of lines executed by hand or computer (digital) generated processes.

Filmmaking

The art and process of making motion pictures.

Painting

Art created by applying pigment on a two-dimensional surface with a brush, knife, or hand and/or the manipulation of digital processes with a computer.

Examples include but are not limited to: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper, mixed media or any flat surface.

Photography

The process, art and technique of capturing images with an analog or digital camera

Examples include but are not limited to: Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, etc.

Sculpture

The art of making three-dimensional figures or designs.