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Idaho State University Science and Engineering Festival to be held April 12; Prep winners of science contest announced

Posted April 10, 2014

Two sophomores from Idaho Falls High School will be honored for their winning science project along with all the other activities at the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival set April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Idaho State University.

The festival, on the first floor of the ISU Physical Sciences Complex, features hands-on activities that are designed to teach the applications of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics and physics.

Activities include building catapults, launching stomp-rockets, playing with DNA, learning about robots and the technology behind them, surveying, testing for microbes and learning the physics of kite-flying.

In addition to these activities, Giovanni Becerril and Nicholas Stubblefield will display their winning entry in the festival’s prep science contest “The Cloud Chamber: A Look into the Fundamental Structure of the Universe.” The ISEF committee held a contest for high school students to design and demonstrate the science of imaging though an interactive booth. Becerril and Stubblefield are TRiO Upward Bound students. Their winning entry allows the visualization of radioactive particles as they react to the cloud environment.

Becerril and Stubblefield won a $500 first prize for their entry to split and they will attend the national USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., that will be held April 26-27. They will head to the festival with a team from ISU comprised of two physics students and three faculty members. The TRiO students and the ISU team will represent Idaho among 750 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) organizations presenting at the national festival.

The festival will be immediately followed by a physics “Pyrotactular” show at 4 p.m. in Room 140 of the Physical Science Complex.

The festival is free, open to the public and is sponsored by ISU, Micron Foundation, the ISU Credit Union, INL (Idaho National Laboratory), TRiO Student Services and Simplot.

For more information please contact Jean Pfau at, Caryn Evilia at, Steve Shropshire at or Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel at or visit the ISU website at