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IDX - Idaho Exhibition of Ideas

IDX - Idaho Exhibition of IdeasOpportunity Goals & Objectives

The goal of Idaho Exhibition of Ideas (IDX) is to equip students with the practical, technical, and creative skills needed to engage with real-world problems of today and tomorrow.

Brief Description

IDX is a multi-week, team-based digital design and fabrication competition where students learn and practice design, iteration and rapid prototyping skills with 3D printing technology. Student teams brainstorm, develop and prototype an idea for a solution that responds to a challenge theme and incorporates 3D design/printing in some way. Each team works with an educator Coach, who guides the team through the design process and assists with documentation. IDX culminates in a regional Student Showcase, where teams will present their solution to a panel of judges and compete for prizes.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. A Student's Choice project will also be awarded.

The Challenge Theme for the Spring 2022 Student Showcase is Space Exploration. You can find more information about this theme, as well as suggested topic areas and resources in the Team Guide >>>.

Requirements & Eligibility:

  • Youth must be in grades 5-10. Each team should consist of 4-6 youth. Submissions for the 2022 Showcase will be judged in two divisions: Junior (Grades 5-6) and Senior (Grades 7-10). Mixed-grade teams are welcome; however, division will be determined based on the grade level of the oldest student on the team.
  • Each team should have at least 1 adult coach who is responsible for guiding the team, assisting with documentation and submission and coordinating travel to the Showcase
  • Coaches should have previously completed an Idaho FabSLAM or IDX 3D Printing / Digital Fabrication for Educators training between 2016-2021. Schools/organizations where one staff member has completed this training may be eligible to bring additional teams, led by Coaches who have not received training, provided there is collaboration with the educator who has been trained. One coach should not lead more than one team.
  • Teams must have access to a 3D printer and associated software in order to complete their Showcase entry

Each team must fill out a separate application, even if from the same organization/school.

Please contact Erica Compton with questions about team/coach eligibility.

STATUS: Closed


Showcase Locations & Dates
(exact locations & times TBD):

Treasure Valley
Saturday March 12, 2022
(approximately 11 am -4 pm)

Pocatello, ID
Friday, April 8, 2022
(approximately 11 am -4 pm)

Lewiston, ID
Friday, April 8, 2022
(approximately 11 am -4 pm)

Funding Schedule

Open: October 1, 2021
Close: December 17, 2021
Award date: January 14, 2022
Program Manager:
Erica Compton


Travel funds will be reimbursed based on state travel guidelines. Click on the button below.

2020 IDX Sponsors

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