FabSLAM 2016 — Awe Inspiring Results

Idaho FabSLAM 2016 was a huge success! Over 75 students (grades 5-8) and 26 mentors from around the state converged on the Discovery Center of Idaho for the inaugural 3D Design and Fabrication Showcase event held May 14th. The FabSLAM Showcase was the culmination of a project that began in March when the STEM Action Center and the Digital Harbor Foundation trained 20 teachers from 15 schools throughout the state as coaches and equipped them with 3D printers. For this year’s theme, each team identified an issue in their community that could be addressed using 3D printing and digital fabrication and then developed and documented a product to help resolve it. At the FabSLAM Showcase, the teams presented their solutions to a panel of five judges and a public audience for review and feedback.The winning teams received over $1,250 in cash prizes to help continue funding STEM learning in their schools.

And now for the winning teams! Drum Roll Please!...

Students from around Idaho participate in the 2016 FabSLAM Idaho Showcase at the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The FabSLAM Showcase was the conclusion of a 3D printing design and fabrication competition featuring teams from schools around Idaho conducted by the Idaho STEM Action Center.

From Nampa, Lone Star Middle School’s G T.E.A.M. took first place with its Homeless Emergency Life Pack, or HELP. The wheeled suitcase can be turned into a one-person shelter. The team also earned the Students’ Choice Award based on votes from their peers. You can view the team website and learn all about the project.  In second was the ElemEngineers from Boise’s Hawthorne Elementary School — the only elementary school participating in FabSLAM Idaho this year. The team created a trap that hangs on fruit trees to lure and kill fruit flies that destroy soft-skinned fruit crops. Check out this team's design cycle at their website.  Coder Bunnies, the third-place team from Kuna Middle School, created a filtration system to remove trash and sediment from canal water before it’s used for irrigation. Read about the process this team used to create a viable filter here.

Other participating schools included Emmett Middle School in Emmett, Jefferson Middle School in Caldwell, Jerome Middle School in Jerome, Kimberly Middle School in Kimberly, Lakeside Junior/Senior High School in Plummer, Marsing Middle School in Marsing, Middleton Middle School in Middleton, Vera C. O’Leary Middle School in Twin Falls, Vision Charter School in Caldwell, West Middle School in Nampa, and Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell.

Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition 2016

Dear Idaho FIRST Robotics VIPs:

First… thank you again for attending our VIP event at the Inaugural FIRST Idaho Robotics Regional Competition! What a great event this competition was! It was great to see the enthusiasm generated in both the Education and Business community. We are in the process of scheduling next year’s event – and you can bet that we will let you know when it is!

I wanted to include a few links to the Idaho event, so that you can remember how much fun it was… and I also wanted to give you an update on the FIRST World Competition, which starts tomorrow.

2016 FIRST Idaho Competition:

The results of the Idaho competition can be found at the following sites:

o   https://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2016idbo#results

o   Awards: https://frc-events.firstinspires.org/2016/IDBO/awards

Links to media coverage:

o   https://www.idahoednews.org/features/competition-brings-robotics-teams/

o   https://www.kivitv.com/news/bsu-sponsors-all-girl-robotics-competition-team

o   https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/boise/article69671742.html

FIRST Robotics World Championships, Wednesday – Saturday:

There are three teams who came from the Idaho Competition:

  • Team 2122, “Team Tator” (from Boise) – competing in the Carson Division

(info about team & competition videos at https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/2122 )

  • Team 5931, “Bots of Prey” (Caldwell) – competing in the Carson Division

(info about team at https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/5931 )

  • Team 3562, “Livewire” (Pocatello) – competing in the Carver Division

(info about team at https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/3562 )

You can watch the competition LIVE this week at https://www.thebluealliance.com/

Thank you again for your support of the Idaho FIRST Robotics Tournament. We will look forward to seeing you there next year!

Laurie Anderson
K12 Programs Manager
Micron Foundation