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i-STEM at North Idaho College

North Idaho College i-STEM InstituteThis year the i-STEM Institute at North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d'Alene will be June 22-25, 2020. 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.


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, Kaitlin Maguire, at

Status: CLOSED

Fee: $90
($1000 for private school, home school, retired, non-Idaho, and vendor/for-profit educators.)

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

Training Dates:
June 22-25, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Funding Schedule
Open: February 1, 2020
Close: March 2, 2020
Award Date: April 1, 2020

North Idaho College
Student Union Building
1000 W Garden Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
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NOTE! These are the 2019 Strands and are for reference only. 2020 Strands will be posted as soon as they are available.

*Indicates this strand is appropriate for informal educators.

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

Subjects: Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science/Coding

Instructors: Lisa Dreadfulwater and Kari Schumacher

Coding is No Primary MysteryLearn how to introduce coding to your primary age students! Participants will participate in several activities (known as unplugged activities) to learn how students can practice these foundational tasks to establish the initial understanding of how coding works. Participants will then learn how to teach students to code using paper mazes, Lego mazes, and Osmo materials using tiles and apps. Then participants will learn about the Dash Robot, one of the most engaging ways to inspire students to learn code! There will be tasks and challenges as you learn how to write code to program the Dash Robot to play a xylophone, sketch shapes, speak, and maneuver throughout the room just to name a few. You won't want to miss this exciting strand as you bring home materials ready for use in your primary classroom. This session is intended for teachers who have had no prior experience with teaching primary age students about code. Field trip is TBA.

Kit: Wonder Workshop Dash Robot, Code and Go Mouse, Let’s Do Code 50 pieces activity set and more!

Subjects: STEM, Arts/Humanities, Drones/Robotics/Virtual Reality, GATE Instructors: Breland Tommerup and Melanie Gillette Makerspace MagicAre you ready to start a Makerspace in your school? We can help! Our Makerspace has been up and running for the last two years, and we want to share our ideas with you. We will share unique and ready-to-use resources and lessons in each of the STEAM categories. Whether you’re looking to create Makerswall, Makerscart, or an entire Makerspace, after this strand, you will head back to class next fall with a loaded STEAM kit to get started right away! We will also provide some insight on grant writing and how to affordably acquire more STEAM resources for your students. Field trip to GIZMO Makerspace Kit: Cublet Kit, Lego Simple Machine, Water Color Pencils, Escape Room Voucher.

Subjects: STEM, Leadership

Instructors: Anna Hertzberg and Emily Sarha

STEM Teacher Leadership Want to share your passion for STEM and help support and learn alongside your colleagues on their STEM education journey? The goal of this strand is to begin to build a network of passionate STEM educators who are willing to share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm as STEM teacher leaders.  This strand will help build content knowledge in the STEM disciplines, focus on instructional pedagogy that supports the processes that are the foundation of project-based learning, and develop leadership skills. As George Couros says in his book Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, “If we want people to take risks, they have to know we are there to catch them and support them.  They also need to see us leading by example and taking risks in our work.” (Couros, 2015) Each day will focus on problem-based tasks within integrated STEM projects which will involve materials such as Ozobots, UV light lamps and beads, bubbles, geometric shapes, and more.  A major focus will be on how to use fun and engaging materials to implement the new science standards at a wide range of grade levels.   Field trip to GIZMO Makerspace will engage participants in the engineering design process and maker equipment

Kit: The kit will include an Ozobot, ultraviolet beads, a handheld ultraviolet light, pattern blocks, and four books - Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of CreativityDesigning GroupworkMAKE: Paper Inventions; and  5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion.

: Implementing the Idaho Science Standards through K-12 Inquiry and Project Based LearningSubjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Humanities, ELA, Career Awareness, GATE

Instructor: TBA

Participants will take a deep dive into and explore how our new Idaho Science Standards can help prepare our young scientists to change the world. By taking a deep-dive into Project-Based Learning pedagogy using backward design models, participants will explore and design lessons and units to implement key instructional shifts to meet the new Idaho Science Standards. With guided instruction participants will have time and support in the design of lessons and units, build kits, and plan literacy and assessment strategies, to help foster passion for science and engineering through inquiry methodology in their own classrooms. Field trip to the lake and the local waste water treatment plant.

Kit: Participants will receive a NSTA membership and funds to support a project-based learning unit in their own teaching environment.

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