“Applying Rare Emotions to A.I.” by Hayden Kash and Morgan Ridlon from Kuna High School earned a Best in Category in Behavioral and Social Sciences and a Category Gold Award at the third annual Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair at Boise State University March 15.
Kuna students also won a Category Gold award for a project titled “Nuclear Fusion Reactor Model,” an Engineering, Math, and Computer Science entry by Nathan Bennee, Sarah Miller-Burgess, and Tanner Moss, according to an Idaho STEM Action Center press release.
The event, which attracted 108 students representing 84 projects, is one of three regional Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs the Idaho STEM Action Center hosts each spring that drew 246 entries statewide this year.
A group of local experts from an array of STEM-related fields served as judges.
“Our Western Idaho fair continues to grow significantly, from 41 projects in 2016, our inaugural year, to 84 this year,” Angela Hemingway, director of Idaho STEM Action Center, said in the release. “Moreover, the quality of the research is impressive and the work our students are doing is competitive at the international level. The technical skills gained from participating in our Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs, as well as the ability to communicate results, think deeply and critically about issues, and solve real-world problems, will serve these students well as they transition into the workforce.”