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About Our STEM Opportunities

Each month the Idaho STEM Action Center offers new opportunities for students and educators.
These opportunities include funding for professional development, instructional materials, competitions, internships, and scholarships.

Picademy USA Training TRAVEL GRANT

  • Learn more and apply here in tandem with the Picademy training grant: More Information

Code.org’s Professional Learning Program

Picademy USA PD TRAINING GRANT

AP Computer Science Principles Training

  • Learn more and apply here before May 1, 2017. (deadline extended!): More Information

AP Calculus AB Professional Development Training

  • Learn more and apply here before May 1, 2017. (deadline extended!): More Information

C-STEM Center Professional Development Grant

  • Learn more and apply here before May 1, 2017. (deadline extended!): More Information

Educurious Professional Development Grant

  • Learn more and apply here before May 1, 2017. (deadline extended!): More Information

University of Idaho’s Dual Credit Training

iSTEM Summer Institute

  • Learn more and apply here.

 

Eureka! Palouse Summer Camps - Moscow

Eureka! Palouse is excited to announce 6 weeks of STEM summer camps for youth in grades 1st through 12th in Moscow!  There are also options for Pullman students during the month of August - just check out the official website or this brochure for more information (Classes and Clubs).

 

Aviation Career Exploration Academy

Hosted by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics, ACE Academy is designed to introduce high school students to aviation- and space-related careers.

June 12-15, 2017

As a student-participant in the ACE Academy, activities will involve field trips to places like the airport terminal, a flight school, ​a military aviation facility, and an air traffic control tower. Other activities include seminars on aviation careers and colleges, a hands-on lab, and a local flight in a small airplane. Enrollment is limited. Tuition: $60 per student for four days, which includes some meals, tours, and field trip transportation. The fee, however, is not due until you have been notified of your selection. Limited scholarship assistance is available for students unable to meet the tuition requirements.

More information: http://aceacademyboise.weebly.com/

 

Upcoming Idaho STEM Events

About This Event:

In February and March, 2017, the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners proudly hosted Idaho’s first regional high school science and engineering fairs. The winners of these three fairs will represent Idaho during the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), one of the premier international student science and engineering competitions. Runners-up from each fair will attend as observers to bring back new knowledge to help their peers build better projects for the next fair (seniors were ineligible). All travel expenses for Idaho teams are covered by the STEM Action Center. Learn more here

How To Participate:
  • SPONSOR - Regional sponsorship opportunities will be available soon for the 2018 fairs.
  • VOLUNTEER - We are looking for volunteers to help us on-site during each regional fair.
  • JUDGE - All three regional fairs will need judges to review student projects.
  • MENTOR - Sign up to become a mentor to student competitors.
    2017 Monthly STEM Giveaway Thanks to a donation from an Idaho educator, we are giving away a Promethean Interactive Board to one lucky Idaho public school or publicly-funded organization in April! The deadline to enter is April 30, 2017 and we will announce the winner on our Facebook page during the first week of May 2017. More details and technical specs coming soon! Good luck! Learn more and register to win here before April 30, 2017.

STEM News And Blog

The Boise State University TRIO Programs is looking for quality Internships for High School Seniors.  They are looking to place approximately 80 students in the Boise Area.

Here are the areas they need to fill…

  • Graphic Design, Web Design
  • Computer Science
  • Art
  • Scientist- Research, Math, STEM, Biology
  • Education- Secondary, Elementary
  • Human Resources
  • Sports Medicine
    Heath Professions- Nurse, Doctor, Surgeon, Pediatrician, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapist
  • Veterinarian
  • Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Psychiatrist
  • Criminal Justice- Lawyer, Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic, Police, Probation
  • Acting, Theater, Music
  • Business
  • Engineering, Technology

If you know of anyone (with a Bachelor's Degree or higher) that would be willing to take on a mature and qualified senior level high school student to mentor and use as their intern this summer, then let me know ASAP.  The dates of the program are from June 11th - July 21nd. They will be working for approximately 3.5 hours a day during that time frame (excluding the week of July 4th).  This summer we will also have two shifts one from 9:00am-12:00 pm and 1:30 to 4:00 pm. 

TRIO Upward Bound will provide the transportation for the student, and be available daily for any questions, management, etc. throughout the summer.  These students have earned this great opportunity through a very selective process, and understand that they will be treating it as a REAL job.

We have had a very successful Internship program for over 13 years now, and have made some wonderful connections with the community.  This is a win/win opportunity!  The program does not only benefit our students, but the free help provided by our interns is also a benefit to the employer.

If  YOU or ANYONE you know might be interested in taking on an intern this summer, or have ideas of who I should contact, please let me know ASAP, and I will take it from there.  For logistical reasons we are looking or internships fairly close to Boise State University if possible.....but ALL ideas are encouraged and welcomed.  Please forward this to anyone that you feel could benefit from our services and program.  Thank you so much for your help!

Thank you so much! 

Sophia Ramirez, Educational Specialist

TRIO Educational Talent Search

TRIO Upward Bound

Boise State University

(208) 440-8487 (cell)

(208) 426-2321 (fax)

Today was budget setting for the Idaho STEM Action Center.

In reference to Idaho Code 67-823 (STEM Action Center legislation), the Governor recommended an increase in ongoing funding from $1.5M to $2M plus the addition of a team member. The JFAC appropriation matched the Governor’s recommendation and the Center will be appropriated $2M ongoing in FY18 and add a grants and contracts analyst position.

In reference to Idaho Code 33-1633 (The Computer Science Initiative), the Governor recommended $2M ongoing from the general fund. JFAC appropriated $2M in one-time money, encouraging the Center to continue to leverage industry partnerships and to raise external funds. The Center maintained spending authority over the STEM Education Fund which will allow us to bring in up to $2M from external sources.  We will continue to implement statewide STEM + CS programs and projects and we truly appreciate the partnerships and support that we have gained thus far. To follow our progress, please like us on Facebook, sign up for our monthly newsletter, and learn more about our opportunities at STEM.Idaho.gov.

Computer Science Standards Passed Legislation

We have exciting news for Idaho’s Computer Science community! Idaho legislators unanimously passed Idaho Content Standards in Computer Science (IDAPA 08.02.03.1601) during the 2017 session. The development committee for the Idaho Computer Science Standards was comprised of State Department of Education staff, Career-Technical-Education staff, STEM AC staff, K-12 educators and administrators, higher education, and industry experts invested in creating guidelines and a roadmap for K-12 CS education offerings and ensuring a common tool that could be used across the state.

Computer Science is a rapidly growing field and according to the Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho has 1,300 unfilled computer science-related job openings. Therefore, the intent of the CS standards is to help clarify student learning outcomes and to provide guidance to districts and educators that choose to implement CS for their students.

The STEM Action Center recognizes that CS might be unfamiliar for some educators, so we have teamed up with several organizations to provide high-quality statewide CS professional development workshops. K-12 educators are encouraged to apply for a variety of opportunities that will teach innovative ways to incorporate CS into classroom instruction and provide the ongoing support they need to be successful.

Here are a few grants currently open that are aligned with the new Idaho CS Standards:

  • C-STEM Center Professional Development
  • AP Computer Science Principles Training
  • Code.org’s Professional Learning Program
  • University of Idaho’s Dual Credit Training
  • Picademy USA PD Training
  • iSTEM Summer Institute

K-12 educator interested in getting ready to implement the recently adopted Idaho Computer Science Standards check out CS-speci

The Idaho STEM Action Center awarded grants of $75,000 each to four proven programs to support the efforts of Gem State formal and informal educators to bring high-quality interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and math to their students. These programs aim to improve educator
skills, knowledge, and practices to help them inspire and boost the performance and engagement of Idaho students in STEM.
This initiative focuses on trainings that reach across disciplines, which STEM Action Center executive director Angela Hemingway said reflects how professionals practice STEM in their careers. “It allows students to deepen their understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of STEM by utilizing skills across multiple subject areas,” she said. Read more.

Did you miss one of our 2016 STEM events? No worries! Check out photos, videos, and more in our 2016 event archive: