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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.

 

STEM Career Awareness Event Grant 

The STEM Career Awareness Grant is available to publicly-funded K-12 schools and educational organizations wishing to provide students with hands-on experiences with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) jobs and face-to-face exposure to STEM professionals. Up to $1,000 will be provided to successful applicants.

2017 Monthly STEM Giveaway

Thanks to a donation from our partner Idaho National Laboratory, we are giving away a Classroom STEM Bundle to one lucky Idaho public school or organization in February! The deadline to enter is February 28, 2017 and we will announce the winner on our Facebook page during the first week of March 2017. Good luck!

Code.org’s Professional Learning Program

We’re excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles (HS) and CS Discoveries (MS) are now open. If your school plans to offer these courses in 2017-18, please encourage interested teachers to apply today!

Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms.

Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:

  • Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop (CSD will be in Phoenix July 16 -21 and CSP will be in Boise June 19 - 23)
  • Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops throughout the school year (normally on Saturdays)
  • Engaging in 20 hours of on-line PD
  • Teaching the course during the 2017-18 school year
  • Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population

Applications close on March 17, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the CS Discoveries  and CS Principles pages.

NABT Awards 

The national Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) offers awards to recognize outstanding educators in the field:

  • the Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award;
  • the Evolution Education Award;
  • the Genetics Education Award
  • the Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award;
  • the Ron Murdigian Biotechnology Teaching Award;
  • the Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award; and
  • the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA). (One OBTA is available in eache state and in Canada, Puerto Rico, overseas territories, and Washington, D.C. Nomination deadlines and criteria vary by state. Contact your state OBTA director for details about the award in your location.)

Awardees are recognized at the NABT Professional Development Conference eacch year and often receive financial rewards and complimentary NABT memberships. Nominate yourself or a colleague by March 15. Each award has different criteria; learn more here.

Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award

Charles Edwin Besset is best known for his contributions to botanical education in the United States. This award -sponsored by the Botanical Society of America (BSA)- recognizes those whose work, like Bessey's, has impacted botany education at the regional, national, or international level. The recipient should have a passion for teaching botany, demonstrate innovative methods, and be a BSA member. This tear's award will be presented at the BOTANY 2017 conferene in Fort Worth, Texas, June 24.28. 

Applications should include a CV, a formal letter of nomination, and letters of support. Apply by March 15; For more information, click here.

Picademy USA PD Training

The Idaho STEM Action Center is very excited to announce our partnership with Raspberry Pi Foundation to bring a two-day hands-on course in digital making. Boise was selected to be one of four national training sites. The Picademy professional development training will teach educators how to use maker- friendly technology and cover a range of ways to use hardware such as Raspberry Pi in classrooms. Upon completion, attendees will become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join a network of Picademy graduates around the world. No experience with technology is required.

Click here to apply or learn more.

Idaho Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

What are SWE Scholarships?:

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a national organization that aims to encourage women to enter engineering. The Southwest Idaho SWE section offers merit-based scholarships to women from anywhere in Idaho planning to pursue a degree in engineering, or an engineering-related field such as Computer Science or a hard science. The number of scholarships and amounts vary each year depending on donations. In 2016, Southwest Idaho SWE awarded $2000 scholarships to 8 deserving Idaho ladies.

When: Entry Deadline: February 26th, 2017

Who Qualifies:  Women from Idaho attending any university to study a STEM field.  Please click here for more details.

Scholarship: Typically $2000 scholarships are awarded to 8 Idaho women.

Please contact Tiffany Greyson, tiffany.greyson@hp.com, for more information.

 

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).

Upcoming Idaho STEM Events

About This Event:

The Idaho STEM Action Center is proud to sponsor regional high school science and engineering fairs for the 2016-2017 school year. Winners of these regional fairs will be eligible to compete in the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF is one of the premier national student science and engineering competitions. Idaho students will be able to work with their teacher to purchase materials necessary to participate in the competition. Educators and students will also have access to virtual mentors to support them on their projects. The top student projects at each local fair will have the opportunity to attend the national Intel ISEF in May 2017 and represent Idaho. All expenses for attendance at nationals will be covered by the Idaho STEM Action Center. Learn more here

How To Participate:
  • SPONSOR - Regional sponsorship opportunities are available and are a great way for businesses to directly support local STEM students.
  • 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.

STEM News And Blog

Thank you to everyone who supported STEM Matters 2017! In case you didn't get a chance to check out this year's celebration, we will be adding photos, videos, and more over the next few weeks. Learn More Here

BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 11, 2017) — The Idaho STEM Action Center just awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in PK12 grants to education professionals and organizations throughout the state. The grants provide recipients – such as kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, libraries, and out-of-school organizations – with up to $2,500 each to fund innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer-science projects. Read More Here

**Written by Jason George | Featured in November-December 2016 issue of Education Matters

  • Jason George is a teacher at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, Idaho. He has been recognized as one of Idaho’s top secondary science educators.

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