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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.

Code.org’s Professional Learning Program

Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS)

Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching

Discover Drones Education Package

Picademy USA PD Training

AP Computer Science Principles Training

AP Calculus AB Professional Development Training

C-STEM Center Professional Development Grant

Educurious Professional Development Grant

University of Idaho’s Dual Credit Training

iSTEM Summer Institute

  • Learn more and apply here.

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 March! The deadline to enter is March 31, 2017 and we will announce the winner on our Facebook page during the first week of April 2017. Good luck!

2017 Clean Tech Competition

Challenge your students to “Create a Greener Future” and win up to $10,000!

The Clean Tech Competition is a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to Create a Greener Future.

This educational opportunity challenges students to develop innovative, clean technology solutions to real-world issues. To Create a Greener Futuresolutions may take on aspects of buildings, materials, efficiency, indoor environmental quality or “sick buildings”, among other available topics. There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs or on their own. Total prizes awarded will be over $30,000 and the Finalist Event will be held on at Stony Brook University, New York on Friday, July 14th.

There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization. Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet. Registration continues until 4pm EST, on Friday, March 24th and papers aren’t due until Friday, April 14th.  For further information and to register your team, visit: www.CleanTechCompetition.org

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/

DIGITAL PROMISE filmMAKER CHALLENGE!

The Digital Promise filmMAKER™ Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about product design and filmmaking through a set of activities, projects, and challenges. THE CHALLENGE: Reinvent an everyday product to make it more sustainable, accessible, or beautiful and create a documentary video that tells the story of the process.
Students are invited to submit their videos to Digital Promise before MARCH 24, 2017 to be considered for an invitation to present their film and designs at the Bay Area Maker Faire in May 2017 or World Maker Faire in New York in October 2017.
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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

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.

21st century skills like critical thinking and perseverance are in high demand in today’s workforce—but industry leaders report a significant gap between the skills they need and the skills workers have. New findings from the Afterschool & STEM System Building Evaluation 2016, previewed March 1st at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., demonstrate that afterschool programs play a vital role in closing the gap by helping students develop the skills to succeed in school, work, and life.

Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and STEM Next, the study surfaced several key findings that illustrate the potential for afterschool to prepare students for future success:

 

  • 72 percent of students reported an increase in their perseverance and critical thinking skills
  • 73 percent reported an increase in their personal belief that they can succeed at science
  • 78 percent reported a positive change in their interest in science
  • 80 percent reported a positive gain in their science career knowledge

 

Check out findings from the study in the new “STEM Ready America” compendium, alongside articles from 40 experts and thought leaders in the out-of-school time and STEM learning spaces—and stay tuned for the release of the full study later this month.

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: