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i-STEM at North Idaho College

North Idaho 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 North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d'Alene 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.

North Idaho College
Student Union Building
1000 W Garden Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
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* Indicates this strand is appropriate for informal educators.

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

Strand Instructors: Jessica Johnson, Jessica Moore, Sarah King

Keywords: STEMpower, Teams, Leadership, Project-Based Learning


STEM Leadership StrandJoin us for a unique opportunity for educators and administrators who are ready to set a course for integrated STEM education in their schools. This strand is taught by classroom teachers and administrators who have received extensive training from Educurious and Idaho STEM Action Center. This engaging learning experience will empower educators to lead STEM efforts in their schools. It will expand participants’ knowledge of STEM teaching and learning to help support systemic change while integrating more STEM activities across all content areas. Facilitators will share lessons learned as they transitioned from traditional teaching and learning to STEM-focused schools with a team approach to school governance. Expect an intellectually stimulating and useful professional development experience. You should finish this strand prepared to lead your colleagues in dramatically increasing student learning and achievement in STEM subjects in your schools. Participants are required to take this strands in groups of 3-5. In your application, you must list the individuals from your school/district that plan to take this strand with you.

Strand Instructor: Courtney Greene

Keywords: Place Based Science, Inquiry, STEAM


Cultivating Citizen Scientists StrandCenter elementary students’ understanding of the sciences through the environments in which they live and play. Discover how to use local resources, history, literature and art to enhance science throughout the day in your classroom. Each instructional day will focus on one of the sciences; earth and space science, physical science and life science, with engineering design challenges integrated throughout. Immediately implement the strategies and resources to build, or enhance, a unit of inquiry for your own classroom. Participants will receive children's literature of their choice to support their activities, and teacher resources that enhance assessment and writing within any inquiry-based unit. Our field trip day will focus on the stakeholders connected by Lake Coeur d'Alene and the efforts to keep the lake healthy, including ways our kids can be citizen scientists.

Strand Instructors: Nick Madsen & Tim Madsen

Keywords: Coding, STEAM, Robots, 3D Printing, Drones


Level Up StrandGame and geek out with us as we have fun introducing and experiencing fundamental and powerful technologies. Come experience coding with Kamigami Robots and “Code this Game!”, animation and video game design with Bloxels game builder, computer-aided design and 3D printing with Tinkercad and OpenSCAD, and drones with Tello Drones. Each technology features a low-cost tool and teacher resources that you will be able to take back to your classroom. You will build your knowledge by working with these technologies and experience learning strategies that will enhance your students’ learning when you introduce the same technologies to them. Each tool was selected for its ease of use, but also for its complexity; you will find countless ways to incorporate these tools and platforms into different subjects or standards. Construct lesson plans and activities with input from your peers and mentors during the strand. Whether you are at square one, or mile marker 25, you will increase your own expertise and be equipped to bring these life and job skills to your students

Strand Instructor: Michele Chmielewski

Keywords: STEAM


Creativity in STEAM StrandCreativity is the key ingredient in any STEM field. Creative inquiry enhanced with art-making activities asks students to be problem solvers, critical thinkers and creative concept-makers—crucial practices for a future scientist, designer or engineer. Learn to infuse any content area with creative art tools and projects to enhance conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Take your STEM content to new heights with the STEAM model by exploring visual note taking, visual journaling, field note techniques, doodling and more. Learn how to use printmaking, sculpting and shaving cream (!) to enrich your curriculum. Leave with a kit of supplies to assist you in infusing your classroom with these new projects—for example, printmaking supplies, watercolor pencils, water soluble oil pastels—and challenge your students to create new ways to learn and retain critical information. On our field trip, meet Art Spirit Gallery owner and board member of the Idaho Arts Commission who will share about the future of creative industries and how to shift students’ mindsets to those of future innovators. Join the fun to gain an understanding on how creativity is critical to the STEM mindset and leave feeling confident transitioning from a STEM to STEAM model in your classroom.

Strand Instructor: Angie Poulsen & Stefanie Hoffman

Keywords: 3D Printing, Design Thinking, Engineering Design, Innovation


IDX: Engineering Solutions with 3D Design and Fabrication StrandThis strand, sponsored by the Idaho STEM Action Center, prepares middle and high school educators (grades 5-12) to integrate 3D printing in their learning space and to lead a team in the Idaho Exhibition of Ideas (IDX) Student Showcase in Spring 2021. IDX is a multi-week competition in which student teams brainstorm, develop and prototype a 3D printed solution that responds to a challenge theme. This year, we are excited to offer this opportunity for two divisions: grades 5-8, and 9-12. Strand participants will receive foundational education on additive manufacturing, its applications and how to translate 2D design concepts into 3D. We will then delve into 3D modeling with the online platform Tinkercad; and the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of a 3D printer. We will explore design thinking and engineering design as step-by-step processes for guiding students in developing a product for IDX, and for a variety of other cross-curricular projects. Finally, we will look at successful examples of 3D printing integration in both formal and informal learning spaces, including team-based challenges, senior projects, family engagement events and more. Participants in this strand will be required to lead a team in the 2021 IDX Student Showcase; travel stipends will be provided based on mileage to the closest IDX site. Participants will receive a FlashForge Adventurer 3 Lite 3D printer and a 3D printing starter kit, including flash drive, digital calipers, maintenance tools, filament and more.

Strand Instructor: Brian Mattison & Cori Mattison

Keywords: Mathematics, Statistics, Game Design


Mathematics through Gaming StrandFrom simple dice rolling to casino games, board games and tabletop RPGs, the concepts of probability and randomness are intrinsic within games. This strand uses games to introduce educators to the basic rules and ideas behind probability and statistics, and analyzes how games of all kinds use randomness and probability to add exciting and challenging game play for various audiences. Participants will use engineering and design principles to create their own games, and develop lesson plans to help introduce game design in their mathematics classrooms. Educators will leave this strand with a set of materials that can easily be taken into the secondary mathematics classroom to help students understand fundamental statistics concepts such as: permutations, combinations, expected values, standard deviations, normal distributions, theoretical and empirical probabilities and data collection.

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