If it takes a village to raise a child, as the old adage goes, it takes a passionate community to inspire the next engineer or scientist. At the Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl (WIRSB) earlier this week, more than 20 team members and 45 community volunteers shared their passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with Idaho high school students.
Sponsored and coordinated by the Micron Foundation, the WIRSB featured a full day of competition among 23 Western Idaho high school teams seeking to represent Idaho at the national competition in Washington, D.C. starting in late April.
The Treasure Valley Math and Science (TVMSC) team won the event and will proceed to the national competition next month. Other teams receiving honors include Boise High with second place, Centennial High with third place, Caldwell High with the Sportsmanship award, and Victory Charter, New Plymouth, and Meadows Valley high schools each receiving consolation honors.
By winning the Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl, the TVMSC team will compete during April 30 –May 4, 2015 at the National Science Bowl competition for high school students, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. In addition to an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in Washington, D.C., the team will also experience several days of science activities and sightseeing.
The team from Treasure Valley Math and Science won the 2015 WIRSB and is headed to Washington D.C. for the national competition.