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i-STEM Summer Institutes

Step up to STEM, i-STEM 2023

 

Opportunity Goals & Objectives:

To empower Idaho educators to gain STEM content knowledge and pedagogical skills, and to 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 (PK-12) working in both classroom and informal settings. During the Institute, participants attend a strand on project-based, hands-on learning in a chosen content area, as well as general sessions tied to the Institute theme. Strand topics vary by location and can be accessed at the Institute links below in January 2023. Each participant will receive a kit of instructional materials unique to their strand, so that they can implement what they have learned in their own teaching environments.

i-STEM 2023 is Step up to STEM: Increasing Integration

Participants are encouraged to attend i-STEM with colleagues from their own school, district or organization so that you can learn together, share ideas and collaboratively implement what you have learned.

STEM AC is reaching out to businesses throughout the state to sponsor registration fees. We will reach out to you once you are accepted into the program and let you know if your registration fee is covered by a sponsor.

Your district may have funds to pay your registration fee to attend STEM AC PD opportunities.  Learn more about Title 4 funding here and talk to your local administrator for guidance.

Click on Institute Locations to view the Strands available at each location. 

Status: Closed

Fees for 2023: $50

Eligible Applicants: All educators – formal and informal

2023 Funding Schedule

Open: February 10, 2023
Close: March 24, 2023
Award date: April 1, 2023

PD Credits: PD credit is available for participation in this program.

i-STEM Institute Locations

(click on each location for strands)

June 12-15, 2023 @
Lewis-Clark State College

June 13-16, 2023 @
College of Western Idaho

June 13-16, 2023 @
Idaho State University

June 20-23, 2023 @
College of Eastern Idaho

June 20-23, 2023 @
College of Southern Idaho

June 20-23, 2023 @
North Idaho College

Questions? Email istem@stem.idaho.gov

Click on the logos below for Institute information.

Lewis-Clark State College

Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors!

* Indicates this strand is appropriate for informal educators.

Click on location for more details. 

LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) Strands

* Earth’s Place in the Universe (Grades: 1-12)
* Drones. The Sky is no longer the limit. (Grades: 8-12)
* Circuits and Coding (Grades: 6-8)
* The Story of Forests (Grades: PK-8)
* (FULL) LEGO in Elementary Classrooms (Grades: PK-5)
* Extending the Code to Support 3-5 Educators (Grades: 3-5)

CWI (College of Western Idaho) Strands

* Water Science Investigations! (Grades: 3-12)
* Energy Flows Where SySTEM Thinking Goes (Grades: 6-12)
* Addressing Literacy Using Inquiry-based Science Activities for Upper Elementary and Secondary Students. (Grades: 5-12)
* FIRST LEGO League and using LEGO SPIKE or MINDSTORMS in the classroom (Grades: 3-8)
* (FULL) Build, Create, and Innovate (Grades: PK-12)
* The Discovery of Data (Grades: 4-8)
* Embedded Systems – Physical Computing and Programming with the Micro:bit (Grades: 6-12)
* Extending the Code to Support 3-5 Educators (Grades: 3-5)
* IROAM: STEM on the Range (Grades: 3-8)
* (FULL) Drones II (Grades: 4-8)
* (FULL) IDX: Engineering Solutions with 3D Design and Fabrication (Grades: 5-12)

ISU (Idaho State University) Strands

* STEM Gone Nuclear (Grades: 4-10)
* Beyond this World with STREAM (Grades: 1-8)
* i-STEM Hackathon (Grades: 9-12)
* INVENTING & STEM: A Team Approach (Grades: 2-12)
* The Supports and Scaffolds that Support STEM (Grades: PK-12)
* Electronic Circuits and Coding (Grades: 5-12)
* Extending the Code to Support 3-5 Educators (Grades: 3-5)
* Machine Learning (Grades: 6-12)

CEI (College of Eastern Idaho) Strands

* Integrating Biotechnology with the Life Science Classroom (Grades: 7-12)
* Beyond this World with STREAM (Grades: 1-8)
* Earth’s Place in the Universe (Grades: 1-12)
* INVENTING & STEM: A Team Approach (Grades: 2-12)
* Wildlife Conservation in Your Backyard (Grades: 1-8)
* Cracking the Code: Computer Science for K-2 (Grades: K-2)
* (FULL) Ready, Set, Drone (Grades: 4-8)

CSI (College of Southern Idaho) Strands

* (FULL) IDX: Engineering Solutions with 3D Design and Fabrication (Grades: 5-12)
* STEM/CS Career Exploration – A Deep Dive into Learning Blade and Career Blade Lessons (Free Statewide STEM/CS Resources) (Grades: 5-9)
* Think like an Inventor! Integrate STEM by Infusing Maker Space, PBL and the 7 Davician Principles across Curriculum (Grades: 3-6)
* Energy Flows Where SySTEM Thinking Goes (Grades: 6-12)
* (FULL) The Science In Magic and Toys (Grades: 1-9)
* Cracking the Code: Computer Science for K-2 (Grades: K-2)
* BrickLAB (Grades: K-6)
* FIRST LEGO League and using LEGO SPIKE or MINDSTORMS in the classroom (Grades: 3-8)
* Ready, Set, Drone (Grades: 4-8)

NIC (North Idaho College) Strands

* Thinking Inside the Box: Integrating STEAM Challenges into Curriculum Content (Grades: PK-8)
* Water Science Investigations! (Grades: 3-12)
* Math Rules Science Learners (Grades: PK-5)
* Drones. The Sky is no longer the limit. (Grades: 8-12)
* How To Launch a Near-Space Balloon: Cross-Curricular PBL Through Citizen Science (Grades: 5-12)
* Cracking the Code: Computer Science for K-2 (Grades: K-2)

PDF Syllabus

i-STEM 2023: Step up to STEM-Increasing Integration

Course Syllabus – Summer 2023

COURSE HOURS: 1 credit (Course B) or 2 credits (Course A)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2023, midnight MST

Location and Course Dates.

  • In Person Training at one of the i-STEM Institutes:
    • Lewis-Clark State College June 12-15, 2023 8am-4pm
    • College of Western Idaho June 13-16, 2023 8am-4pm
    • Idaho State University June 14-17, 2023 8am-4pm
    • College of Southern Idaho June 20-23, 2023 8am-4pm
    • North Idaho College June 20-23, 2023 8am-4pm
    • College of Eastern Idaho June 20-23, 2023 8am-4pm
  • Final Survey Due: July 15, 2023

Course Cost: 1 credit: $60 / 2 credits: $120

Instructor Email: Katie Bosch-Wilson, katie.boschwilson@stemidaho.gov, 208-332-1727

COURSE DESCRIPTION: i-STEM is a four day professional development institute focused on STEM education. This year’s theme is Step up to STEM-Increasing Integration. General sessions during the institute will focus on how to develop successful partnerships within participants’ organizations and communities to further STEM education for their students. Participants will attend workshops that cover science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content within a project-based learning framework and learn how the content is applicable to local interests. Participants will network with one another, hear from keynote speakers and go on field trips.

COURSE OBJECTIVES & LEARNER OUTCOMES:

  1. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of project-based learning in the context of STEM education.
  2. Participants will learn how to read, understand, and incorporate state content standards into their teaching.
  3. Participants will learn about a specific STEM topic and receive a kit of materials to implement what they have learned into their teaching practice.

COURSE ASSIGNMENT:

  1. Educators will attend all four days of an i-STEM Institute (36 hrs).
  2. Educators will submit a final survey via the Community Grants Portal (https://idahostem.force.com/gms/)

FINAL ASSIGNMENT DUE DATE: July 15, 2023 by midnight MST via the Community Grants Portal.

TRANSCRIPT DATE: Summer 2023

The i-STEM Libraries area is a collection of STEM tools, kits, equipment and other resources available for Idaho educators to check out and use in their classrooms or programs – for free!

Visit the i-STEM Libraries page to learn more and access the Online Catalog.

i-STEM Libraries

2021 Presentations in pdf format

NOTE: 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19

2019 Resources

Speaker Presentations

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

Adam Richins, Idaho Power Vice President of Customer Operations and Business Development

2018 Resources

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)

Interested in sponsoring i-STEM by supporting a workshop, being a regional sponsor or adopting a teacher? Contact istem@stem.idaho.gov.

What is i-STEM?

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