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Idaho State University
Bengal S.T.E.M. Day February 20th, 2020


The College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University would like to invite junior high school students to join us for Junior High School Bengal STEM Day 2020. Students will visit our campus to participate in competitions and interactive learning activities focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Registration by February 10, 2020 is required for all attendees. Space is limited, so plan to register early.  Free lunch tickets for your group will be based on the information provided by registered teachers and students.  

Registration has been closed due to capacity being reached.

Please contact Miriam Dance at to be added to a waitlist.

Bengal STEM Day Agenda

 We are excited to have a new format for Bengal STEM Day.  Students will need to register to attend a competition or activity for every session.


Teacher Check-in


Session 1 of STEM Classes/activities


Session 2 of STEM Classes/activities


Session 3 of STEM Classes/activities


Session 4 of STEM Classes/activities




Competition Awards Announcements




Popsicle Stick Bridge

Build a bridge made of Popsicle sticks.  Bring them to Bengal STEM Day to test the maximum load weight. 

Bridges must be built prior to Bengal STEM Day.

Popsicle Stick Bridge Rules

Ball Launcher

Design and build a launcher to launch an aluminum ball at a bullseye.

Launchers must be built prior to Bengal STEM Day.

Ball Launcher Rules

Egg Rocket Challenge

Build a rocket to hold an egg. Rockets will be launched to test their ability to protect the egg from impact.

Rockets are built during the session.

Egg Rocket Rules

Rock and Mineral Identification Competition

Correctly identify the most rocks and minerals using mineral test kits and mineral identification guides.

Rules provided during sessions.

LEGO Robot Racing with Beginning Python Programming

Program LEGO robots using Python then race them through an obstacle course.

Rules provided during sessions.


Interactive Learning Activities


Exploring the Brain

An interactive experience utilizing 4D technology to discover the wonder of the brain, mind and body.

Fossil Find and Tour at the Museum of Natural History
Idaho Musem of Natural History

Tour the paleontology collection and find out what paleontologists do in the field and museum.

Math is Fun!

Play three fun games that make math come alive:  Exploring Dots, Listen to Functions and M&M Math.

Semiconductor Circuits 101
Sponsored by ON Semiconductor

Join this hands-on class to discover how a circuit works and build a circuit to run a motor or LED.

Nuclear Science

An interactive demonstration of radioactive decay.

RPi and Cybersecurity

Learn more about cybersecurity using RPi computers.

Tower of Terror

Design and build the tallest and strongest structure.

Electronic Circuits

Design and build an electronic circuit.


Learn about the lines of the brain as well as the functions of the brain for humans and other species.  Build a brain using Play-Doh.

Marvelous Microbes

Use microscopes and interactive displays to learn about microbiology.

Molecular Research Techniques:  DNA Extraction

Extract DNA from strawberries and see how a sequencing core lab processes and provides data to further scientific research endeavors.

Hands-On STEM
Sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory

Participate in hands-on STEM activities.

Interactive Mapping and Scavenger Hunt

Interactive Mapping will allow students to get hands-on with mapping applications and manipulate data to answer questions.  The Scavenger Hunt (or Geocache if weather permits) will have students using location technologies to find designated places and answer trivia questions.  This activity will require the ability to download apps and data to a smart device with a location ability.  Guided tours will be provided for groups without smart devices. Charging stations will be available but, due to the variety of device accessories, we recommend students bring their own charging cables. 

Marvelous Metals in Chemistry

Explore the chemistry of metals with a variety of interactive demonstrations.


For questions or assistance, please contact:

Miriam Dance

(208) 282-4361


Jennilee Overocker

(208) 282-3099