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i-STEM at College of Eastern Idaho

i-STEM 2024 STEM Leaders Launching a STEM Identity

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 2024. 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.

2024 Theme is STEM Leaders: Launching a STEM Identity

College of Eastern Idaho i-STEM InstituteParticipants were encouraged to attend i-STEM with colleagues from their own school, district or organization so they could learn together, share ideas and collaboratively implement what they had 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.

Status: Open

Fees for 2024: $50, 25% discount for group registrations.

Eligible Applicants: All educators – formal and informal

2024 Funding Schedule

Open: February 5, 2024
Close: March 15, 2024
Award date: April 1, 2024

i-STEM Dates for CEI:
June 10-13, 2024

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

Location:
College of Eastern Idaho
Health Care Education Building
1600 S 25th E
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
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2024 Strands

Note: Kit contents and field trips are subject to change.

Introduction to FIRST LEGO LeagueStrand Provider: Kelsey Margulieux

Keywords: Programming, LEGO robotics, Engineering Design

Strand Description: FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a platform to introduce students aged 9-14 years old to robotics, including building a robot out of LEGO components and coding in a scratch-based language, while delving into a research project and learning core values such as teamwork and inclusion. This strand will help teachers learn about the FIRST LEGO League program and expectations, as well as gain hands-on experience with building and programming LEGO robots while they tackle actual FLL missions.

Your kits will/may include: Teachers will leave with their LEGO SPIKE Prime and Expansion Kit, familiarity with the included sensors and readiness to coach a FIRST LEGO League team!

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

Creating Math-terpeicesStrand Provider: Esther Smith

Keywords: Art, Math, Engineering and History

Strand Description: Many students are visual learners and art can be used as the conduit for students to grasp mathematical, engineering, and scientific concepts. During this class, participants will identify areas of instruction where art can be used to engage a variety of learning strengths. Once identified, participants will develop a variety of art and engineering projects that will enhance their understanding of state standards and skills.

Your kits will/may include: Spiral Sketch Pads Books Water colors Charcoal Watercolor paper Water color pencils This kit would supply items that would help them get a start in their Art-integration projects.

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

Angie GodfreyStrand Provider: Angie Godfrey

Keywords: Idaho Mathematics Content Standards, Conceptual understandings, Math Teaching Practices, Problem-based learning

Strand Description: Calling all math teachers! Elevate your impact with the Idaho Standards Academy? A grade level focused professional learning opportunity designed to enhance your understanding of math content and teaching moves! Backed by transformative research-aligned strategies, this academy is your gateway to enhancing your mathematical knowledge for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow with your Regional Math Center specialists.

Your Kit will/may include: Teachers will receive a kit with materials that can be used to teach their ratios and proportions unit including manipulatives, content standards supplementary materials, math games, books, and more.

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

ISA: Ratios and Proportions Grade 6

Strand Provider: Angela Reece

Keywords: Idaho Mathematics Content Standards, Conceptual understandings, Math Teaching Practices, task-based learning, Problem-based learning

Strand Description: Calling all math teachers! Elevate your impact with the Idaho Standards Academy? A grade level focused professional learning opportunity designed to enhance your understanding of math content and teaching moves! Backed by transformative research-aligned strategies, this academy is your gateway to enhancing your mathematical knowledge for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow with your Regional Math Center specialists.

Your Kit will/may include: Teachers will receive a kit with materials that can be used to teach their proportional relationship unit including manipulatives, content standards supplementary materials, math games, books, and more.

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

ISA: Ratios and Proportions for Grade 7

Veronica BlackhamStrand Provider: Veronica Blackham

Keywords: Idaho Mathematics Content Standards, Conceptual understandings, Math Teaching Practices, task-based learning, Problem-based learning

Strand Description: Calling all math teachers! Elevate your impact with the Idaho Standards Academy: a grade level focused professional learning opportunity designed to enhance your understanding of math content and teaching moves! Backed by transformative research-aligned strategies, this academy is your gateway to enhancing your mathematical knowledge for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow with your Regional Math Center specialists.

Your Kit will/may include: Teachers will receive a kit with materials that can be used to teach their Proportional Relationships unit including manipulatives, content standards supplementary materials, math games, books, and more.

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

ISA: Ratios and Proportions Grade 6

Extending the CodeStrand Providers: Nathan Lammers and Alex Sandavol

Keywords: Easy to use hands-on coding

Strand Description: Wanting to bring coding to your elementary classroom? Don’t know where to start? This strand will demonstrate the ease of coding with Makecode and provide a classroom set of materials to integrate into your classroom instruction. Poetry writing, data collection, social emotional learning, math facts, animal counter, music projects and more are all possible and enjoyable for both students and teachers. You will leave iSTEM with the knowledge, materials, and lessons to start the new school year integrating coding and computer science concepts into your classroom. Learn how to code with micro:bits to develop coding skills, create your own lessons, or use existing lessons to facilitate year-long coding and computer science lessons in the classroom that also teach core concepts. Explore the connections between computer science and core content instruction to maximize the use of classroom instructional time. The course is geared toward teachers working with students in grades 3rd-5th but is a great resource for teachers of all grades and content areas looking to introduce students to coding, physical computing, and computer science concepts. Educators will leave with resources and knowledge to integrate and implement their own coding and computer science lessons and projects in their classrooms which can also be shared with their schools.

Your Kit will/may include: Participants will receive 20 micro:bits, alligator clips, jumper wires, micro servos, speakers, copper tape, LED bulbs, and a storage case to store them all in addition to a book or two.

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

Computational Thinking & Problem SolvingStrand Provider: Terence Soule

Keywords: coding, dual credit

Strand Description: Learn ways to incorporate programming in your classroom and how to offer the University of Idaho’s CS112 Computational Thinking and Problem Solving as a dual credit course. CS112 is an engaging introduction to programming for students with little or no programming experience. This Strand is an introduction to programming, robotics, and to the CS112 curriculum. Including beginning programming in Scratch, NetLogo, and Processing, general programming concepts, and ways to make programming an engaging topic. And a tour of UI’s CdA state-of-the-art robotics lab.

Your Kit will/may include: The kits for this strand are a combination of virtual resources that the participants can take back to their classroom and a small robotics platform that is well suited to classroom demonstrations. The virtual resources consist of an account in Scratch, downloaded versions of NetLogo and Processing, and the complete curricular materials for the CS112 Computational Thinking and Problem-Solving course. Additionally, to support the teachers there two books that are included to support extending the curriculum, both have free PDFs: The Nature of Code, by Daneil Shiffman and A Field Guide to NetLogo, by Steve Scott and Matt Koehler.

Setting(s): Formal Classroom, Informal Learning Environment

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