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STEM: Western Idaho FabSLAM

Each team identified a transportation-related problem in their community that can be addressed using 3D printing and then developed product to help fix it. (KBOI Staff Photo)

Students and coaches from 19 Western Idaho schools, libraries and after-school programs competed in the FabSLAM Showcase STEM event Saturday at Boise State University.

Kids interesting in science, technology, engineering and math got to show off their inventions made with a 3D printer.

Each team identified a transportation-related problem in their community that can be addressed using 3D printing and then developed product to help fix it.

Saturday the teams presented these solutions to a panel of judges and a public audience for review and feedback. The teams in first, second and third place, as well as the winner of the Student's Choice Award received prize money to continue 3D design and fabrication instruction at their school.

In third place was Emmett Middle School's team "Let's PLA" with the Green Light Project -- solar-powered lights to embed in roads so drivers can see the lines dividing the lanes when visibility is poor (at night, when raining or snowing or foggy, etc.).

In second place was team R3DNECKS from Idaho City Middle School. Their project Lyfekanister is a modular canister for cars and small airplanes that contains survival tools, including a first aid kit, paracord, matches, flint and steel, water, food, compass, arrow heads, fishing flies and line, and a traction belt to help get a vehicle unstuck.

Team RUGG3D GRLZ Basin Elementary School in Idaho City won the top prize with their H2GO (short for "Hydration 2 Go"), a beverage holder that can attach to anything. It was originally conceived for their mentor's son, who couldn't reach his bottle while in his car seat.

The Student's Choice Award ended in a tie between R3DNECKS and PRP from Pepper Ridge Elementary School in Boise. PRP created Walk-a-Pocket, a walking stick that replaces a backpack with an attaching box to hold your wallet and/or keys, a hook to hold your coat, and a bracket to hold a water bottle.

For a complete look at the FabSLAM competition and 3D printed inventions head to our photo gallery!


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