i-STEM Summer Institutes
Opportunity Goals & Objectives: To empower Idaho educators to gain STEM content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and build local communities of learning to increase student excitement for and interest in STEM.
Brief Description: i-STEM is a summer professional development opportunity for educators. During four days, participants attend a strand, attend general sessions, hear from keynote speakers and network with their peers. Strand instruction is focused on hands-on, project-based learning with content that focuses on local topics of interest. Each participant receives a kit of instructional material so that they can implement what they have learned in their teaching environments. i-STEM Institutes are held at 6 locations across the state during the last two weeks in June every summer. Click on the logos below to learn more about each institute.
i-STEM 2020 Theme: STEMpower Your Partnerships – During general sessions participants will learn how to build, maintain and strengthen their partnerships to support STEM education in their schools, organizations and communities. Participants will hear from keynotes speakers, learn about and work with tools to harness the power of partnerships, and network with other educators. Come see how you can use partnerships to help your students, yourself and your community.
i-STEM Institute Dates/Locations:
June 15-18, 2020 @ College of Southern Idaho
June 15-18, 2020 @ Lewis-Clark State College
June 16-19, 2020 @ Idaho State University
June 22-25, 2020 @ College of Eastern Idaho
June 22-25, 2020 @ North Idaho College
June 23-26, 2020 @ College of Western Idaho
($1000 for private school, home school, retired, non-Idaho, and vendor/for-profit educators.)
Open: February 2, 2020
Close: March 2, 2020
Award date: April 1, 2020
Final reporting due: July 15, 2020
Number of Awards: 500
Click on the logos below for Institute information.
You can check out amazing resources and materials to support STEM education. Please contact the individuals below for information on checking items out of your local i-STEM library.
College of Southern Idaho
Click here to see what's in the library
Additional kits are located at the Twin Fall Public Library
College of Eastern Idaho
Credits for attending i-STEM
For questions regarding your transcript, please visit the BSU Extended Studies K-12 Professional Development site. If you have specific questions about credits for attending i-STEM, please reach out to Kaitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Syllabi for these credits are below. Registration is closed.
- i-STEM 2019: Project-Based Learning and Idaho State Content Standards - 1 Credit
- i-STEM 2019: Project-Based Learning and Idaho State Content Standards - 2 Credits
Follow-up Fall Credit for i-STEM
The assignment for this credit involves developing a content standard lesson plan based on the content learned in the workshop strand you attend. See syllabus below for more details. Registration will close August 26, 2019. For questions regarding the follow-up fall credit, please contact Cassidy Hall at email@example.com.
i-STEM Resources are also accessible in the Resources Portal.
Morning Sessions – Empowering Tomorrow’s Scientists
Aaron McKinnon, State Department of Education
Angela Hemingway, Idaho STEM Action Center
- Presentation (pdf)
Adam Richins, Idaho Power Vice President of Customer Operations and Business Development
- Presentation (pdf)
Assignment for 1st Professional Development Credit
Attend i-STEM Institute and Register on Mentorship Portal
i-STEM participants will receive one paid i-STEM undergraduate professional development credit from the College of Southern Idaho. To receive this credit participants will fill out a registration form during the institute and complete the following assignment.
Contact: John Hughes, CSI - firstname.lastname@example.org; 208-732-6549.
- Attend all 4 days of the strand and institute.
- Complete the post-institute survey via the Community Grants Portal (https://idahostem.force.com/gms/)
- Complete the registration process for Mentorship Portal (https://mentorship.stem.idaho.gov/)
Assignment for 2nd Professional Development Credit
Engage with Mentors
i-STEM participants will have the opportunity to purchase ($60) a graduate professional development credit from Boise State University upon completion an assignment throughout the 2018-19 school year. A link to register for this credit and more information is available in the syllabus linked below.
Contact: Kaitlin Maguire, STEM AC – email@example.com; 208-332-1729.
- Complete the registration process for the Mentorship Platform.
- Engage in mentorship activities via the Mentorship Platform in one of two ways:
a) Identify at least one student-led project that would benefit from mentorship support, assist student with registration into the Mentorship Platform, and monitor the progress of the project in the platform. (10 hrs)
b) Find at least two mentors in the Mentorship Platform or the community and set up visits with these mentors and a student group (either virtually or in person). (10 hrs)
- Create a lesson plan in which there is mentorship engagement. (3 hrs)
- Submit a final report via the Community Grants Portal (3 hrs) (https://idahostem.force.com/gms/) answering questions about their experience engaging with the mentorship platform, connecting mentors and students, and student experiences working with a mentor, highlighting best practices, lessons learned and ways they will engage with mentors moving forward.
2018 i-STEM Strand Resources
Cracking the Code: How to teach Computer Science to K-2 (Instructors: Ashley Schaffner and Chad Harris)
Lego STEM Stations in Primary Classrooms (Instructors: Melissa Stroupe and Sheila Frei)
Mechanisms of a Makerspace: Design Thinking and the Maker Movement (Instructors: Morgen Larsen and Becky Firth)
Build, Create, Innovate (Instructors: Amber McVey and Amber Obert)