As of today October 31, 2016 Idaho science, technology, engineering and math students have nearly filled all of the spots open to compete at the first statewide science fair. The state is divided into 3 regions, there are two months left to apply, and only 13 spots remain.
"I'm overjoyed that we currently have 77 projects that are ready ot go, and will still have two months for educators and students to register. It's a phenomenal opportunity and I think we're going to hit our point of 90 projects this year," said Angela Hemingway, the Executive Director of the Idaho STEM Action Center.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields are crucially important to Idaho's economic growth. Unfilled STEM jobs in 2015 represented an estimated $250 million loss in wages state wide, according to Hemingway. Those jobs are high-paying, too, averaging $32/hr.