Two science teams to represent Idaho after excelling in statewide fair

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - STEM. More than a hundred Treasure Valley students had their projects on display Saturday at Boise State.

This was the first ever Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair. Now two teams of high school students will be representing Idaho in front of an international audience.

Taylor Herndon, Brooklyn Legg, Luke Campbell of Vision Charter School took 'Best of Fair' for engineering with their project on High-Efficiency Rocket Nozzles.

"It was surreal," said Legg when she heard the announcement.

Sriram Gopalakrishnan of Centennial High School was awarded 'Best of Fair' for Math and Computer Science for his project on Android Application Development for Object Recognition with OpenCV.

The two teams will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

Idaho was the last state in the country to establish a statewide fair, and it took a lot of work from the STEM Action Center and its partners.

"This has been a blast. It is absolutely incredible to see what creative projects these students are coming up with," said Crispin Gravatt, a coordinator for the STEM Action Center. "See the fruits of their labor, all the hard work that they've put in over the last couple of months to create new knowledge."

KBOI 2news General Manager, Robert Truman, addressed the fair during the awards ceremony about the need for STEM in Idaho.

"We all know we love to live here but we want to keep industry here and we want to keep all of the smart people like you creating new opportunities," Truman said.

The international competition will be held May 14 to May 19 in Los Angeles.

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