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FIRST Robotics Competition

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Event: FIRST Idaho FRC Regional Robotics Competition
Date: Postponed, date TBD

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.


Junior Botball® Challenge (JBC)

Event: Statewide Junior Botball® Challenge Day
Date: Postponed, date TBD

Junior Botball® Challenge (JBC) is an interactive program developed to teach STEAM fundamentals and help students of all levels achieve subject mastery through engaging and exciting hands on autonomous robotics activities! The curriculum was developed by teachers for teachers to “Empower Teachers and Impact Students” and develop a deeper understanding of computer science with a wider array of skills and strategies to engage students in the classroom. All students learn how to code their robots to do various challenges in C language. During the statewide challenge days, mentors and teachers are not allowed in the challenge area, students must problem solve on their own or with their teammates. We have had several teams place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the international competition.


Botball® Competition

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Event: Statewide Botball® Competition
Date: Postponed, date TBD

The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented autonomous robotics competition that addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience. Teams receive new game details each year and have about 7 weeks to strategically plan, build and code their robots to compete against other students at the statewide tournament. Students are coding in C language and all competitions are student led.  Teachers/mentors are not allowed in the pit area when the teams are competing.


Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs

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Student projects are phenomenal!

Each spring, the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners proudly host 3 regional high school science and engineering fairs for grades 9-12th across Idaho. Students present their findings at EISEF (Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair) in partnership with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) held at Idaho State University, WISEF (Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair) held at Boise State University, or NISEF (Northern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair) held at Coeur d’Alene Resort. Each regional fair awards over 50 medals/certificates including the Bearden Award a $500 cash prize for females in computer science, and also the chance to attend and compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May (Virtual in 2021).


Virtual Welcome Ceremony: March 1, 2021
All materials due: March 5, 2021
March 6-9, 2021
Virtual Award Ceremony: 
Week of March 22-26, 2021



Student projects are phenomenal!

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams submit their portfolios online for the state competition in March 2021. The top Idaho teams will move on to the virtual regional competition in April 2021 for a change at a spot at the in-person National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) in June 2021. Student prizes are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels by grade level.



Team Registration Deadline:
January 6, 2021
Student Project Registration:
March 3, 2021
Optional Video Submission Deadline:
April 5, 2021

Invent Idaho!

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Event: Invent Idaho Invention Convention State Finals
Dates: TBD

Invent Idaho is the premier student invention program in the Northwest, having provided a forum for thousands of young inventors in grades one through twelve since its inception in 1989. Invent Idaho is the only program in Idaho that celebrates student creativity and innovation, while teaching the inventive thinking process in an interdisciplinary curriculum. Young inventors participate in progressive levels of competitions, including three Regional events held across Idaho, culminating in an Invent Idaho State Finals event.


IDX - Idaho Exhibition of Ideas

IDX - Idaho Exhibition of Ideas

Check back for information regarding 2021 exhibition.

The goal of Idaho Exhibition of Ideas (formerly FabSLAM Student Showcase) is to equip students with the practical, technical, and creative skills needed to engage with real-world problems of today and tomorrow. The Idaho Exhibition of Ideas is a public showcase where teams comprised of students grades 5 through 9 present their solution to a real-world challenge using 3d design and printing technology. Each year a unique theme is announced, and teams of four to six students work for multiple weeks on designing a unique and innovative solution to present to a team of judges at the Exhibition.


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

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Event: FIRST Tech Challenge Idaho Championship
Date: TBD

FIRST Tech Challenge is more than just building robots. It allows youth grades 7-12 to build 21st century job skills, grit and better communities. Teams are challenged to design, build, and program robots using a reusable kit of parts and Java-based programming to compete on a 12′ × 12′ playing field in an alliance format. 32 teams from Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana will compete in a head-to-head robotics challenge. Teams design, build, and program their robots from scratch, design and market their team brand, and contribute hundreds of hours of community service and outreach. Along the way, they develop STEM skills while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and collaboration.

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