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Idaho Science Engineering Fairs

Idaho Science Engineering FairsEach spring, the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners proudly host three regional high school science and engineering fairs for students across Idaho. These fairs offer students the opportunity to engage in original STEM research projects aligned with their interests. Students present their findings at the Northern, Western, or Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair. Each fair offers students the opportunity to meet and learn with other motivated students in their area. Representative teams from each region are selected to attend and compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Grade Ranges: 9-12.

Students MUST register by December 20, 2019

Registration Forms due by January 10, 2020

Abstract is due by February 7, 2020


Registration and more information for Students, Teachers and Judges, click the Blue Registration & Information button below.

Scroll down for the State Fair Board and Contact Information.

ISEF 2020 Training and Support Sponsorship Grant is Now Open!

Professional Development Training Travel Reimbursement Funding

$500 per approved project, up to $1,500

Schedule (2019/2020):

Online Registration Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
Registration Forms Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Abstract Deadline: Feb. 7, 2020

In addition to an all-expense paid trip for the Regional Fair winners to compete at the International Science & Engineering Fair, each Regional Fair awards over 50 medals, certificates, and cash awards.

WISEF (Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)


(Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)
February 28, 2020
Boise State University, Boise

EISEF (Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)


(Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)
March 6, 2020
Idaho State University, Pocatello

NISEF at Coeur d'Alene Resort Conference Center


(Northern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)
March 13, 2020
Coeur d'Alene Resort Conference Center, Coeur d'Alene

2019 Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Regional Fair Grand Award winners

  • Paige Lindsley: Grangeville High School
  • Cecily Puckett: Kamiah High School
  • Lukas Keller: Emmett High School
  • Melina Mohammadi: Treasure Valley Math and Science Center
  • Hayli Austin and Madisyn Facer: Pocatello High School
  • TJ Herndon – Vision Charter Academy
  • Alex Howard – Timberline HS
  • Jieyan Wang – Moscow HS



Merrie Rampy - State Fair DirectorEmail

Merrie spent most of her first 18 years in St. Louis, Mo, but moved to Montana for college and has lived in western states ever since. Merrie followed her parents into teaching, earning bachelor degrees in Biology and Education and a MEd from University of Montana. She has taught all levels of 7-12 science and math in six different schools across four states and has experience in urban, rural, public, and private education. Merrie retired from k-12 teaching in 2016 and currently works part-time as an adjunct for Lewis-Clark College Department of Education and serves as the State Director for the Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs.


Ken Wareham - University Liaison - Email


Brad Howard - Judging Coordinator and SRC Chair - Email

Brad was born and raised in Massachusetts. After receiving a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he moved to Boise in 1993 to work for Micron Technology. At Micron, he worked as an engineer doing process development for semiconductor devices, and then managed process development in the Etch area of Micron's R&D facility. In 2003, Brad and his family moved to California. During his years in California, he was a Principal Engineer working on process and device development at Intel Corporation, a Managing Director for core etch technology at Lam Research Corporation, and Vice President of Etch Advanced Technology at Applied Materials Corporation. Brad and his family really missed living in Boise, so they moved back in 2014. He retired from the semiconductor industry in spring of 2016, and he has kept himself busy since then by working on the Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs, gardening, mountain bike riding, and doing science experiments / engineering projects with his two sons.

ISEF - Boise State University
ISEF - Boise State University
ISEF - Boise State University
ISEF - Boise State University
ISEF - Boise State University
ISEF - Idaho State University
ISEF - Idaho State University
ISEF - Idaho State University
ISEF - Idaho State University
ISEF - Idaho State University
ISEF - The Coeur d'Alene
ISEF - The Coeur d'Alene
ISEF - The Coeur d'Alene
ISEF - The Coeur d'Alene
ISEF - The Coeur d'Alene