Engineering Students Compete At State Science Fair


St. Onge’s showcases his project at the state science fair. Photo courtesy of St. Onge.

Members of an LHS engineering design class, taught by Terri Varnado, competed in the Northern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair March 10-11. They came back with three gold medals and five silver awards.
Jesse St. Onge is a finalist in the Regional International Science and Engineering Fair 2022 and will go to Atlanta, Georgia, in May to compete. St. Onge created electromagnetic brakes that are powered by two opposite polarized magnets, with a voltage traveling through them. He hopes to use the braking system at the international competition.
Other winners included Baylor Blewett, Ian Maresca, Delylah Minear, Madison Morgan, Taylor Osburn, Sydney Arellano, Tyler Granlund and Christian Reed. Students competed in animal science, biomedical and microbiology, engineering, math, computer science, embedded systems and physical sciences.
Varnado also held a Robotics Applications and Engineering Design Expo and Open House March 17 at LHS. Students displayed their engineering projects for public viewing and demonstration. Lewiston engineering alumni were able to re-visit the programs that helped them get them to where they are today, Varnado said. Local engineers and technicians also discussed the value of going into high-tech careers.