About Us

About Us

I3 is based on the highly successful Invent Idaho student invention program, which was founded in 1989 by two educators, Diane Rowen-Garmire and Elizabeth A. Brubaker.  Originally, student inventions for the state competition were mailed to the founders’ homes.  At one point the U.S. Postal Service delivered over two hundred entry envelopes in one huge basket.  Undoubtedly, it was time for a physical location for the blossoming program.  Currently, over 150 winners from three regional events across the state gather at the University of Idaho for the annual State Finals. With the nationwide emphasis on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the time to expand this highly successful student invention program throughout the United States had arrived.  In 2010, I3was born!  The founders, Beth Brubaker and Diane Garmire, coined the tag line “Inspire! Ignite! Invent!”, and the program was launched, experiencing exponential growth within the first year. Spokane, the second largest school district in the state of Washington, embraced the I3student invention program in August, 2013, joining the Invent Washington affiliate, which had hosted their second state competition with over 150 young inventors in May, 2014.  The number of Invent Washington entries doubled in just one year! I3Challenge, the theme-based, inter-state competition between all Best of Show winners, was introduced in 2013.  The 2013 theme, which changes every year, was “Medical”.  Carson Magee, a Type I, ten-year-old diabetic, was the winner of the I3Challenge with his invention entitled “BG Watch”, created to help diabetics deal with issues of their disease. The national 2014  I3Challenge, with a theme entitled "Sustainability", was won by third grader Lash Laker. Additinal I3Challenge national winners include Alex Knoll (2015) for his invention the "Ability App" and Kai Hatten (2016), inventor of the "Fire Exterminator".  Alex was the youngest CEO at WEb Summit in Dublin, Ireland, and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Hannah Schow, a second place I3Challenge  winner was honored by Microsoft for her invention, the "Deaf Mic".  Follow I3on the I3website, Facebook, and Twitter. BETH BRUBAKER BIOGRAPHY Beth Brubaker is currently the Schoolwide Enrichment and Project Specialist at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. Under her guidance as Educational Lead, the high school Project DaVinci team is launching a CubeSat small satellite in 2017. She has taught in the field of Gifted Education for 25 years, having received her Master's Degree from the University of Connecticut in the Teaching the Talented Program.  Beth is the co-founder of Invent Idaho and is the Invent Idaho State coordinator. She coaches First Lego League teams and is a director for the Discover Technology summer robotics camps. One of Beth's First Lego League teams attended the Children's Climate Connection in Copenhagen, Denmark, selected as one of only six teams in the world to participate in 2009, and another FLL team attended the 2014 Canadian International Invitational. Beth is the winner of the 2012 GIANTS award for the state of Idaho.  GIANTS is the Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in STEM.  She is also one of 30 national LEGO Education Advisory Panel members, as well as a trainer for Lego Education.  Beth is the co-founder of I3 Inventions, Incorporated, a national student invention program and competition for students in grades 1-12.  Recently, Beth presented the I Cubed Inventions student invention program to the Ministry of Education in Dubai, as a guest of the Consulate General of the U.S. Embassy.