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IDX 2022

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.

STATUS: Open

Showcase Locations & Dates

North Showcase:
Friday, February 24, 2023

East Showcase:
Friday, March 3, 2023

West Showcase:
Saturday, March 11, 2023

Funding Schedule

Open: October 1, 2022
Close: December 17, 2022
Award date: January 14, 2023

Program Manager:
Erica Compton

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

  • 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.

1st Place – Senior

Team Awkward Turtles

1st Place Senior – Project Impact STEM Academy

Project: Space Trash Collector

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1st Place – Junior

1st Place Junior – Syringa Middle School

Project: Makeshift Spaceships

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2nd Place – Senior

2nd Place Senior – West Junior High School

Project: Solar Sails

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2nd Place – Junior

2nd Place Junior – Basin Elementory

Project: Makeshift Spaceships

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3rd Place – Senior

3rd Place Senior – Gooding Middle School

Project: Space Musicians

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3rd Place – Junior

3rd Place Junior – Pepper Ridge Elementary

Project: Life in Space

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Student’s Choice

Student’s Choice – Basin Elementary

Project: Makeshift Spacecrafts

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All Teams!

1st Place – Senior

1st Place - Senior

1st Place Senior – Kimberly Middle School

Team: Fantastic 5

Project: Pandora’s Box

1st Place – Junior

1st Place Junior – JR Simplot Elementary

Team: Armstrong

Project: Space Brush

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2nd Place – Senior

2nd Place Senior – Donald J Hobbs Middle School

Team: The Little Crainiacs

Project: Cosmic Washer

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2nd Place – Junior

2nd Place Junior – JR Simplot Elementary

Team: The Little Einsteins

Project: Space Glasses

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3rd Place – Senior

3rd Place Senior – Pocatello Community Charter

Team: PCCS Wolfpack

Project: Space Junk 

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3rd Place – Junior

3rd Place Junior – Roberts Elementary

Team: BULC D3

Project: Space Boots

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Student’s Choice

Student’s Choice – Donald J Hobbs Middle School

Team: The Little Crainiacs

Project: Cosmic Washer

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1st Place

1st Place – 3D Tech Doves, Christine Donnell School of the Arts, Boise

Project: Daily Student Schedule adapted with Braille elements

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2nd Place

2nd Place – The BARD, Rock Creek Elementary, Twin Falls

Project: A belt with sensors that will beep within one foot of any type of object except cotton.

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3rd Place

3rd Place – P.A.W.S., Pepper Ridge Elementary School, Boise

Project: Word, sentence or story builder for braille.

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Student’s Choice

Student's Choice

Student’s Choice – Soap on a Rope, Burley Junior/Senior High School

Project: Tool to assist visually impaired in identifying correct product in the shower.

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Student’s Choice

1st Place

1st Place – SRMS, Snake River Middle School, Blackfoot

Project: Shopping sensor alerts to correct aisle and items on shopping list.

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2nd Place

2nd Place

2nd Place – Scribbled Mushrooms, Madison Junior High School, Rexburg

Project: Magnified Book Guide

3rd Place

3rd Place – Filament Dudes, White Pine STEM Academy, Ammon

Project: Auditory Measuring Cup

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Student’s Choice

Student’s Choice – The Little Crainiacs, Donald J Hobbs Middle School, Shelley

Project: Proximity Sensor Fanny Pack

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1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Student’s Choice

1st Place/Student’s Choice

1st Place – Elementary Pink Bananas, J. Russell Elementary School, Moscow

Project: Proximity sensor for a cane that alerts to overhead hazards.

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2nd Place

2nd Place – Team Wolverine, Lena Whitmore Elementary School, Moscow

Project: Braille Keyboard Covers

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3rd Place

3rd Place – Conch, Inc., Genesee Jr./Sr. High School, Genesee

Project: Customized Animal Figurines with Braille Baseplate Descriptions

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1st Place/Student’s Choice

2nd Place

3rd Place

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