Treasure Valley teams sweep youth 3D printing competition

The Idaho STEM Action Center held a statewide youth 3D printing competition, called the Idaho FabSLAM Showcase, at Boise’s Discovery Center of Idaho on Saturday in an effort to increase science, technology, engineering and math engagement.

Teams from 14 schools across Idaho took part, and the top three winners all hailed from the Treasure Valley. Each team “identified a problem in their community that could be addressed using 3D printing and digital fabrication,” according to a release.

From Nampa, Lone Star Middle School’s G T.E.A.M. took first with its Homeless Emergency Life Pack, or HELP. The wheeled suitcase can be turned into a one-person shelter.

In second was the ElemEngineers team from Boise’s Hawthorne Elementary School. The team created 3D, short for Drosophila Drops Dead, which is a trap that hangs on fruit trees to lure and kill fruit flies, or Drosophila, that destroy fruit crops.

Coder Bunnies, Kuna Middle School’s team, created a filtration system to remove trash and sediment from canal water before it’s used for irrigation. They called the system Kaveman’s Kanal Kleaner.

The Idaho STEM Action Center was created by Idaho Legislature in 2015 to encourage “kindergarten-to-career” STEM involvement, which is expected to help produce a competitive workforce. The FabSLAM Showcase is put on in Idaho, Baltimore and Pittsburgh by the Digital Harbor Foundation.

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