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i-STEM at Lewis-Clark State College

Lewis-Clark State College i-STEM InstituteATTENTION! Due to COVID-19 we made the difficult decision to postpone i-STEM 2020 to June 2021. Everything for i-STEM 2021 will be the same as it was intended for i-STEM 2020 – same theme, same general sessions, and majority of the same strands. All applicants for i-STEM 2020 WILL NOT have to reapply for i-STEM 2021. If you applied last year, we will reach out to you this winter about your application and strand choices. If you have not applied to participate in i-STEM, and would like to, please apply when the application opens (bottom of the page).

The i-STEM Institute at Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) in Lewiston has been postponed until June 2021. 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.

i-STEM 2020

Participants are encouraged to attend i-STEM with colleagues from their own school, district or organization to work on building partnerships during workshop sessions.

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.

Travel Reimbursement

Travel will be reimbursed following the guidelines below. Distance is measured from the participant’s home to the closest i-STEM institute location. For example, if you live in Twin Falls but attend the institute in Pocatello, you will only be reimbursed for travel to College of Southern Idaho. Participants must attend all four days of the institute to receive travel reimbursement. Only public Idaho formal and informal educators are eligible for travel reimbursements.

Have Questions?? Contact the i-STEM Coordinator, Finia Dinh, at

Status: Closed

Fee: $50 for formal and informal public educators serving Idaho PreK-12 students ($1000 for private school, home school, retired, non-Idaho, and vendor/for-profit educators.)

Eligible Applicants: All educators (see fee amounts) - NEW APPLICATIONS ONLY

Training Dates:
June 2021

Funding Schedule:
Open: February 2, 2021*
Close: March 4, 2021*
Award date: April 2, 2021*
Program Manager: Finia Dinh

*These dates are only for new applicants. Those who already applied for 2020 do not have to reapply.

Lewis-Clark State College
Sacajawea Hall
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501
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* Indicates this strand is appropriate for informal educators.

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

Strand Instructors: Rick Reynolds & Jim Ekins

Keywords: Field Investigation, Water Science, Community Partnerships, IDAH2O, Project WET, IDPR


Water Science StrandThis strand is all about hands-on, investigative science, earning participants three certifications: IDAH2O Master Water Stewards, The River Mile (TRM) Crayfish and Freshwater Ecosystems and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), as well as incorporating the Idaho State Parks Natural History Teacher Workshop. Each day starts with an interactive classroom session that builds into afternoon place-based investigations within beautiful Hells Gate State Park along the Snake River. Participants will explore the complex world of water quality and freshwater ecosystems, and how to incorporate field science into any grade level. Each afternoon includes expert training in water quality assessments and freshwater ecosystems, mixed with geology and natural history presentations by a seasoned park ranger. We will tour the Tammany Creek ecological restoration and outdoor classroom project; we will catch bugs in the creek to determine the health of the ecosystem; and we will test the waters to determine their quality. Participants will walk away with the ability to practice real-world citizen science with their students, and a keen understanding of the wonders of the water world. Each participant will be given an official IDAH2O kit that includes everything you need to do ongoing IDAH2O water quality monitoring (transparency tube, pH and dissolved oxygen tests, flow velocity float, 30-m tape, macroinvertebrate sorter and ID keys, IDAH2O handbook and other items), plus the 600-page Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0. Instructors include Rick Reynolds of Engaging Every Student and Jim Ekins of U-Idaho Extension Water Outreach Program.

Strand Instructors: Melissa Stroupe & Sheila Frei

Keywords: STEAM, Hands-on, LEGOs


Legos StrandGet ready to piece it all together to create a deeper understanding and problem based learning in your primary classroom! We are going to start small and build our way towards gaining multiple ideas for you to implement STEM into your classroom. You will be learning how to use Lego’s in all content areas and how to use formative and summative assessments to track student progress. You will be given enough Lego’s so that you can start using them in your classroom right away in a variety of different ways. We will learn about amazing creations, stations and challenges that you can have your students try to for rich conversations while they are learning to solve real world problems. We will be exploring how this can work in your classroom, giving you a file or resources. We will be helping cultivate and environment of learning so that kids become lifelong STEM learners and will also be creating lifelong partnerships within our community, all while having a ton of fun!

Strand Instructor: Cathy Callow-Heusser

Keywords: Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics, Place Value, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Mean/Median/Mode, Real-Life Applications; Math Attitudes


Back to Basics to Build a Conceptual Understanding in Math StrandHave you ever wondered why you invert and multiply to divide fractions? Do your students ask you questions about math that you don't know how to answer? Do you wish you had a stronger conceptual understanding of mathematical operations with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percents? Too often, we apply higher-level mathematical processes like trigonometry and statistics calculations without a strong conceptual understanding of why these processes work. This engineer-turned-educator dug into core standards for teaching mathematics and finally understood the concepts underlying the equations she used to apply in aerospace and computer engineering settings. In this strand, elementary educators will learn how to implement hands-on activities, interventions and games to develop students’ foundational math skills, while examining real-life examples in STEM fields, such as finance, forensic science and medicine, that demonstrate just how critical these skills really are. Participants will receive a kit containing electronic and hard copy versions of activities, game instructions and RocketMath curriculum used in the workshop, as well as game pieces (i.e. dice, spinners) to implement in the classroom setting.

Strand Instructor: Dan Rudolph

Keywords: Health Science, Anatomy


Human Biology StrandThis workshop will be held for four days split into morning and afternoon units. Each unit will focus on a human organ system and how it can be used as a model to understand underlying basic science. Activities will be conducted in a scientific laboratory environment encouraging exploration, experimentation and integration of the content specific to the teacher’s classroom. University-level curriculum, equipment, specimens and material will be used to allow a rich and rigorous experience for teachers, who can then adapt the content to an appropriate level for K–12th grade students. Teachers will experience quality Human Anatomy & Physiology adventures that will make science understandable, rewarding and challenging for their students. Participants will leave with equipment allowing them to repeat some of the Human Physiology exercises in their own classrooms.

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