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Mars Rover

Students are currently working on preparing for the Mars Rover Competition. This challenge requires them to design and construct a Mars Rover to navigate the challenging Martian terrain by following the Engineering Design Process. For more details, visit:

First Lego League

On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the HYDRO DYNAMICSSMseason, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®


The First Lego League competition will be held at NISCA the week before Thanksgiving. Teams that do well can advance to the regional competition in Moscow. 

Invent Idaho

Students will follow the engineering design process in order to solve a problem. For those that have done Invent Idaho in the past, there will be a few changes this year. One change is that students will be using a spiral bound notebook instead of a 3 ring binder. Keeping record of the invention process in a spiral bound notebook will help students if they choose to patent their idea. The other big change that we are making is focusing on brainstorming multiple solutions instead of multiple problems. In class, we will work on developing at least five unique solutions to a problem and then choosing the top solution based upon our design criteria, prototypes and tests, and feedback from our target customers. The goal is to design and create an invention that is well thought out and solves a problem! 

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