Does the STEM research project have to relate to robotics

Does the stem research project have to relate to robotics?

No. Last year we had a group that presented on genetically modified organisms. They explained how GMO plants and animals were created and went over some of the pros and cons.
I think as long as it is in the STEM field they are fine.

The STEM Research Project just needs to relate to the STEM theme for the season, which is Science in 2015-16. Teams can use the “Scientific Method” to solve a Science question or challenge of their choice, much as they do with Science Fair projects.

For more details, please review the STEM Research Project document on the VEX IQ Current Challenge page: VEX IQ Competition | REC Foundation. Enjoy a great learning experience with the STEM Research Project this season!
VEX IQ Competition | REC Foundation