The Tournament of Innovation is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Invention Competition for Idaho students in grades K-12 to promote creative thinking and integrate all areas of STEM. The event is led by the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise with the Museum of Idaho serving as the eastern Idaho regional host. 
 
Students in the K-8 division are encouraged to solve a problem with a device they invent or understand a scientific concept by designing an experiment and collecting data. Their results are then presented in poster form, including a model or diagram. The high school students are given more freedom and asked to deliver more. They can research and create their project around a topic from any STEM discipline. They also present in poster form, but then must defend their results in person. Students are encouraged to pursue a topic that interests them and experience the joy of STEM firsthand. Many science fair projects currently being conducted in school would meet the criteria for the competition.
 
The 2013 Eastern Idaho Regional Tournament of Innovation was held at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) on March 22 and 23. Nearly 75 students from Bonneville School District 93, Morningside Elementary in Twin Falls, and Jefferson County School District 251 submitted 44 projects to this year's eastern Idaho regional competition. Click here for a complete list of the 2013 Eastern Idaho Regional Tournament of Innovation winners.
 
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Idaho National Laboratory and CAES for sponsoring and supporting this year's eastern Idaho regional competition. We'd also like to thank our team of volunteer judges which consisted of representatives from the Idaho National Laboratory, CAES, Gonzales-Stoller Surveillance, Idaho Falls School District 91, Simplot Corp., Portage Inc., Idaho State University and University of Idaho.
 
    The two Best of Show winners, pictured above, each won a trip for their classroom to visit the
    Carousels: Art and History in Motion exhibit now showing at the Museum of Idaho.
Photos courtesy of Ray Thomas, In A Blink Photography
 

The top winners in each grade and category now have the opportunity to compete in the state-wide Tournament of Innovation on April 5-6, 2013 at the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise.
 
For more information on the Tournament of Innovation, contact Museum of Idaho Education Director Sunny Katseanes at 208-522-1400 ext. 3002 or Discovery Center of Idaho Direcotr of Education Woody Sobey at 208-343-9895.
 
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