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i-STEM at Idaho State University

i-STEM Logoi-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 Theme will be announced November 2022. 

Idaho State UniversityParticipants 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.

Status: Closed

Fees for 2023: TBD

Eligible Applicants: All educators – formal and informal

2023 Funding Schedule

Open: February 10, 2023
Close: March 17, 2023
Award date: TBD

2023 i-STEM Dates for ISU: TBD

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

Idaho State University
William M. and Karin A. Eames Advanced Technical Education and Innovation Complex
1999 Alvin Ricken Drive
Pocatello, ID 83201
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* Indicates this strand is appropriate for informal educators.

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

Strand Provider: Esther Ntuli

Strand Description: This strand will provide hands-on experience for K-3 teachers on how to integrate STEM into the curriculum. Using elements of project-based learning (PBL), teachers will collaboratively work on STEM projects grounded in the scientific method and applicable to early childhood and elementary learners. This strand will provide an authentic training experience in which teachers apply knowledge and skills with young children (5-8 years).

Your kits will/may include: The kit will contain materials in support of the integrated early STEAM activities. Designing a Slide to Help Jack Escape!, Marble Genius Run Set, Jack and the Beanstalk storybook, Do Different Colors Absorb Heat Better, 3-D Modeling, Merge Cube, 3D puzzle set and many more!

Cracking the Code Computer Science for K-2 and BeyondStrand Provider: Ashley Schaffner

Strand Description: This strand equips educators with the knowledge and tools they need to integrate coding and computer science concepts into the early elementary classroom. Educators will gain the confidence and skills to facilitate an entire coding unit with their students, guided by educators who have implemented the same content in their own classrooms to build critical thinking. An important component of this course will be empowering teachers to lead “unplugged” activities (no computer needed!) to naturally solicit computational thinking from their students. While this course is geared toward teachers working with students in grades K-2, it will also be a great resource for teachers of all grades looking to introduce their students to basic coding and computer science concepts. The course uses the Idaho Content Standards for Computer Science to prepare educators as they introduce students to concepts including, but not limited to: parts of a computer, hardware and software, troubleshooting, typing skills, problem solving, teamwork, and of course coding! Teachers will also explore how introducing their students to these concepts at an early age will better prepare them for the future. Educators will leave with resources and knowledge to implement their own coding and computer science programs in their schools.

Your kits will/may include: Access to Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) a laminator and supplies, the Artie 3000, Ozobot, and Code and Go Robot Mouse.

Amplifying STEM ResearchStrand Provider: Merrie Rampy

Strand Description: This strand provides high school and middle school Educators with hands-on experience in the process of science research as well as information and training to engage students in independent science and engineering research topics. Educators will be guided in the development and implementation of simulated independent research projects, including experimental design, data analysis, conclusions, and presentations. Building upon this experience, Educators will create plans for implementing STEM research for the students at their individual schools. Ongoing support will be available throughout the school year as Educators help their students conduct research and prepare to present at one of three International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated regional science fairs, along with other research competitions. Educators will receive a flash drive loaded with documents and Powerpoint presentations to use with their students, the STEM Student Research Handbook, a lab kit with metric measuring tape, metal metric ruler, digital thermometer, and related lab handouts, and contact information for student and teacher mentors. Support for teachers and students will be available throughout the 2022-2023 school year from the strand providers and STEM Action Center grants specifically targeting the Regional Science Fairs.

Your kits will/may include: Kits will include STEM Student Research Handbook, NSTA Press Handouts: assorted materials developed by presenter Flashdrive with documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and spreadsheets Mini-posters/Cardstock

Ready, Set, Drone LogoStrand Provider: Sonia Galvez

Strand Description: Participants will be introduced to fundamentals of drone technology and how to incorporate drones into educational settings. Concepts covered include drone safety, essential knowledge for flight operations, physics of flight dynamics, and real-world applications for drones. Experienced instructors will demonstrate successful methods for implementing drone curriculum with elementary/middle school-aged students. As part of their coursework, participants will discuss best practices for implementation and ways to extend and adapt the curriculum to include local drone competitions, ultimately creating action plans for their own drone education programs. Participants will take home 6 mini-drones and a complete set of materials for 30 students.

Your Kit will/may include: Ready, Set, Drone! kits comes with all of the supplies needed for 30 students to complete 12 one-hour activities, Instructor Guide, Curriculum Digital Download, Mesh Bag (for cleaning bricks), Small Storage Containers, and many more items to list!

Strand Provider: Aaron Maurer

Strand Description: In a world where access to information is at our fingertips every day, it is our responsibility as humans to unlayer the many moving pieces of what is being presented. When we value the process of a particular story or situation we tend to become our own researchers, we question and discover to better understand the whole of the story/information. Through our work as researchers, we will realize that the outcome of a story/situation is dependent upon the interactions and interconnectedness of ideas, solutions, and personal expertise/knowledge that is required in order to solve, explain, or provoke change in how we think and interact with one another. When we consider these multiple lenses and we spend time at the intersection of our human and natural world considering relationships and cause/effect, we discover this overlap is necessary for change and necessary for survival.

Your kits will/may include: Kits will contain a starter kit of electronic components, LEGO’s, and basic materials/tools for construction.

Power of Earth and Space SciencesStrand Provider: Elaine Klein

Strand Description: Whether you’re new to Project-Based Learning (PBL) or an expert at the approach, this interactive workshop will deepen your understanding of PBL design and instruction. You will use the Educurious Design Framework to explore how PBL establishes rich contexts for three-dimensional learning. Then, you will experience how the key PBL principles come to life through two Educurious elementary science units, which are aligned to the Idaho content standards. Participants will receive a kit that includes curricular materials for teaching one of two 3-week units: The Power of Wind & Water (2nd grade) focused on erosion and Earth’s systems and Mysteries of Space (5th grade) focused on how an organism could survive on another moon or planet in our solar system. Kit materials include a hard copy of the Teacher’s Guide, digital version of all teacher and student resources, and a class set of supplies for students to engage in hands-on labs related to the respective unit content. The units introduce students to key PBL skills, while engaging them with authentic scientific practices as they investigate one of two driving questions: What are the impacts of wind and water on our landscapes, cities, crops, and lives, and how can we identify solutions to erosion concerns in our community? Where would you search for life in space? This interactive workshop will provide multiple opportunities to consider how to adapt the unit for your local context, and connect with other Idaho educators committed to high-quality STEM teaching experiences.

Your kits will/may include: Participants will receive a Teacher’s Guide for one of the two STEM PBL units, as well as a class set of materials to support their implementation of the unit.

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