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FIRST Robotics Competition

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If you want a high energy, exciting robotics competition to check out, this is it! Grab your friends and cheer on your favorite team!

Event: FIRST Idaho FRC Regional Robotics Competition
Date: Postponed
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Ford Idaho Center: 16114 N Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa, ID 83687

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.

Website: https://idahofrcregional.org/

Junior Botball® Challenge (JBC)



Come cheer on our impressive 3-8th grade teams!
This event is in tandem with our Statewide Botball® Competition.

Event: Statewide Junior Botball® Challenge Day
Date: Postponed, date TBD
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Galileo STEM Academy: 4735 W. Saguaro Dr., Eagle, ID 83616

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.

Website: https://www.kipr.org/botball

Botball® Competition

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This is the second year Idaho has had this program and our teams are fierce! Come cheer on our middle and high school aged teams at the statewide Botball® Competition! This event is in tandem with our Junior Botball® Challenge Day event.

Event: Statewide Botball® Competition
Date: Postponed, date TBD
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Galileo STEM Academy: 4735 W. Saguaro Dr., Eagle, ID 83616

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.

Website: https://www.kipr.org/botball

Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs

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Student projects are phenomenal!
Come see for yourself...

The Idaho Science & Engineering Fair is a competition for 9th-12th grade high school students in which they conduct an academic research project aligned to their interests. Each spring the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners present 3 regional fairs: Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (EISEF), Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (WISEF), and Northern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (NISEF) in which students present their findings. The top performing projects from each region will then go on to attend the International Science & Engineering Fair (all expense paid) to represent Idaho.

Website: https://stem.idaho.gov/isef/

Dates and Locations:

EISEF
In partnership with Battelle Energy Alliance
Date: February 28, 2020 (PAST)
Time:
Public Showcase 3:00 - 5:00pm, Award Ceremony: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Idaho State University - Pond Student Union Building Ballroom; 1065 Cesar Chavez Ave. Pocatello, ID

WISEF
In partnership with Micron Foundation
Date: March 6, 2020
Time:
Public Showcase 3:00 - 5:00pm, Award Ceremony: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Boise State University - Student Union Building: Simplot Ballroom; 1700 University Dr. in Boise, ID

NISEF
Date: March 13, 2020
Time:
Public Showcase 3:00 - 5:00pm, Award Ceremony: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Coeur d’Alene Resort Conference Center; 115 S. 2nd St. in Coeur d’Alene, ID

eCYBERMISSION @ ISEF

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Student projects are phenomenal!
Come see for yourself... This event is in tandem with our Regional Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs

eCYBERMISSION is a nationwide, Web-based STEM competition for students, grades six through nine, and challenges Idaho teams to explore how science, technology, engineering, and math apply to their world while working as a team to solve problems in their communities. Idaho teams will be showcasing projects at two of our regional Idaho Science and Engineering Fairs (ISEF). featuring eleven projects by 41 middle school and junior high school students. The first annual Idaho eCYBERMISSION Showcases are in conjunction with the fourth annual ISEF in Eastern Idaho (Pocatello) and Western Idaho (Boise).

Website: https://www.ecybermission.com

Dates and Locations:

Date: February 28, 2020 (PAST)
Time:
Public Showcase 3:00 - 5:00pm, Award Ceremony: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Idaho State University - Pond Student Union Building Ballroom; 1065 Cesar Chavez Ave. Pocatello, ID


Date: March 6, 2020
Time:
Public Showcase 3:00 - 5:00pm, Award Ceremony: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Boise State University - Student Union Building: Simplot Ballroom; 1700 University Dr. in Boise, ID

Invent Idaho!

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Help us cheer these students on at the State Finals!

Event: Invent Idaho Invention Convention State Finals
Dates: March 6-7, 2020
Inventions on display in the Integrated Research and Innovation Center:
March 7th from 9:00 - 11:30am
Awards Ceremony in the Admin Auditorium: March 7th, 2020 from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: University of Idaho, Integrated Research and Innovation Center: 685 Line St, Moscow, ID 83844

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.

Website: https://inventidaho.com/

IDX - Idaho Exhibition of Ideas

IDX - Idaho Exhibition of Ideas

Check back for information regarding 2020 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.

Website: https://stem.idaho.gov/apply/idx/

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

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Event: 2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Idaho Championship
Date: February 29, 2020
Time: 7:30am - 6:00pm
(Best Robot Game Viewing: 12-5pm)
Location: NNU Johnson Sports Center, 313 E. Dewey Ave, Nampa, ID

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.

Website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc
Idaho Programs: https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/4h/programs/robotics/ftc

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