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i-STEM at Lewis-Clark State College

Lewis-Clark State College i-STEM InstituteThis year the i-STEM Institute at Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) in Lewiston will be June 17-20. Over these four days, participants attend a workshop strand, participate in general sessions with keynote speakers and network with other educators. Participants leave with a kit of materials related to the workshop strand they attend, ready to implement what they have learned into their teaching environments. This professional development opportunity is open to formal and informal educators. APPLICATION TO ATTEND IS CLOSED. Successful applicants will be notified in early April by STEM Action Center.

Have Questions?? Contact the i-STEM Coordinator, Kaitlin Maguire, at

Eligible Applicants: Formal and informal educators serving Idaho PreK-12 students.

Cost: After notification of acceptance, participants pay a registration fee following the guidelines below.

Role Registration Fee
Idaho Public PreK-12 Educator $50
Idaho Public or Nonprofit Informal Educator
(e.g. Museum Educator, After School Programs, Libraries)
Idaho Pre-service Educator $0
Private School Educator $500
Homeschool Educator $500
Retired Educator $500
Non-Idaho Educator $500
Vendor/For Profit Educator $500

Status: CLOSED

Training Dates:
June 17-20, 2019, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Lewis-Clark State College
Sacajawea Hall
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501
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Participants that travel >25 miles to attend the closest institute are eligible to receive a travel reimbursement stipend, following the guidelines below. Distance is measured from the participant’s organization (school, library, afterschool program) to the closest institute location. Participants must attend all four days of the institute to receive a travel stipend. The stipends will be distributed after the institute. Only public Idaho formal and informal educators are eligible for travel stipends.

Travel One-Way to Closest Institute

  • 25-49 miles    $150.00
  • 50-149 miles  $700.00
  • 150+ miles     $900.00

*Indicates this strand is appropriate for informal educators.

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

Lego's in Primary ClassroomsSubjects: STEM, Arts/Humanities, ELA, GATE, EES

Instructors: Melissa Stroupe and Sheila Frei

Participants will use Lego kits to create stations that you can be used in their learning environments in a variety of ways to foster self-directed learning with their students, to promote STEM learning and to create new ideas. Some examples of this are creating a dam to prevent flooding, construction of a bridge, and creation of a car powered by air. Particular focus will be on the Science and Engineering Practices of the Idaho Standards. There will also be a field trip to observe a variety of job in STEM careers, and gain practical applications for teaching math to younger students.

Kit: Lego Classic Baseplates, Lego Classic Creative Box, Lego City ATV Race Team, Lego Classic Bricks on a Roll, Lego City Police High Speed Chase, Lego Classic Bricks Bricks Bricks, Marbles.

Subjects: Technology, Computer Science/Coding

Instructors: Amy Wareham and Teak Wareham

Coding for KidsNew to coding? This strand is designed for you! Participants will explore learning to code online as well as using basic robotic type equipment/gadgets. Coding is basic problem-solving and computational thinking, providing a set of instructions or tasks that need to be completed in a specific order while incorporating imagination, creativity, perseverance, determination, and many other academic skills. Participants will become familiar with a variety of different types of coding and be able to return to their classroom with the knowledge and experience needed to start teaching their students beginning coding skills. They will also work with several different types of robotic equipment and learn how it can be assimilated into their own classroom.

Kit: Dash and Dot, Robot Code and Go set.

Subjects: STEM, Arts/Humanities, ELA, 3D Design/Printing, Career Awareness

Instructor: Jeff Stratter and Francesca Bessey

FabSLAM 3D Design and FabricationParticipants will learn the basics of 3D design, 3D printing, the design engineering process and project-based learning techniques including scaffolding and design thinking, while also exploring a variety of tools to support project-based learning in the specific disciplines of digital fabrication and 3D design. The educator will be able to return to their learning organization and support a youth team to complete a multi-week digital fabrication challenge where youth learn, and practice skills related to 3D design and 3D printing. The educator will be able to support and guide students to properly document their process and encourage multiple design iterations throughout the challenge. Teams will then have the option to present their work at the FabSLAM Student Showcase Event in your region where a panel of judges will critique their work. Educators will be eligible to receive travel stipends and $500 additional funding for bringing a team to the FablSLAM Student Showcase Event.

Kit: 3D printer, 3D filament, tools for 3D printer, online activities.

Subjects: STEM, Health, Arts/Humanities

Explore the human organ systems as a framework for science education. Participants will study the individual human organ systems and the relationships between systems. For example, learn how the skeletal system works with the muscle system to produce movement. Multiple disciplines will be integrated with human anatomy like chemistry (Calcium is important but why so hard to get?), biology (how does bone grow by cell division or the cells getting bigger?), and physics (muscular-skeletal levers). Content and material can be easily be adapted to different student levels and interests.

Instructor: Dan Rudolph

Kit: TBA

Aaron McKinnonAaron McKinnon

Aaron McKinnon has influenced not only the students of his own classroom, but colleagues around the state of Idaho through his dedication, leadership, enthusiasm and professional development activities. As a classroom educator for 22 years, he focused on creating engaging learning experiences every day. Teaching online classes and drivers ed has given him additional insight and perspectives to student learning. Recognition of his efforts include receiving the Milken Award, National Board Certification, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He continues to support and champion the science and education community of Idaho as the Science Coordinator for the State Department of Education.

Marie Lichte

Marie Lichte

Marie Lichte has been working with children and adults, in the field of science, for the past 15 years. She worked closely with the Boy Scouts of America in her region, running both the family camp and the younger scout camp groups, focusing on science in the natural setting. Marie also directed the scouts Learning for Life program, an outreach program designed for at-risk elementary students in her area.

Marie Lichte holds a Masters in teaching and is currently an elementary teacher in the Boise school district, teaching 5th and 6th grade for the past 8 years.

Marie has participated in several specialized science and literacy programs, including the Intersections Science and Literacy Fellowship Program, Mickelson Exxon, Mobile Teachers’ Academy, Boise State Writing Project, and the 2018 Real World Science cohort at the National WWII Museum. Recently, Marie was a presenter in the 2018 Summer Workshop Series: Meeting and Assessing the Idaho State Science and Literacy Standards.

Dr. Angela Hemingway, Executive Director

Dr. Angela Hemingway

Angela received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University, an M.S. focusing on microbiology, a B.S. in biology and chemistry, and a teaching certificate in science. She spent 14 years in high school and college STEM classrooms inspiring students to participate in science competitions and community service events. She transitioned to the State Department of Education where she served as Assessment and Accountability Director. In August 2015, Governor Otter appointed her the Executive Director for his newly formed Idaho STEM Action Center where she oversees a variety of STEM opportunities, ensuring Idaho’s long-term economic prosperity.

Participants can purchase two graduate level professional development credits from Boise State University ($60/credit) for attending all four days of the i-STEM institute. Information and instructions on how to sign up for these credits will be provided during the institute. An additional third credit can be purchased upon completion of a follow-up assignment in Fall 2019 (see below).

Fall 2019 Follow-Up Assignment – This assignment will involve developing a content standard lesson plan based on the content learned in the workshop strand you attend. The details of this assignment are TBA. Information about the assignment will be discussed during the institute.

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