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i-STEM at North Idaho College

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. 

North Idaho College i-STEM InstituteParticipants 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 NIC: TBD

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

Location:
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 Provider: Morgan Gifford

Strand Description: In this strand we will explore different pathways to empower young learners with play and inquiry based strategies in STEM learning. Strand participants will learn how to use inquiry and play to grab student interest, develop their understanding of concepts in STEM, and to support young students’ growth in measurable, standards focused ways. We’ll cover play and inquiry based learning strategies such as knowledge building circles, exploration and provocation tables, building centers around the learning targets, bringing the classroom outdoors, and more! We will also discuss how to connect play and inquiry based learning to the standards and how to develop strong evidence and assessment pieces while still building authentic opportunities for early childhood students to explore and creatively learn. At the conclusion of this strand educators will have a better understanding of how to use play and inquiry based learning to support learning of the concepts required by the Idaho Content Standards as well as a toolbox full of creative ideas and materials to support STEM/STEAM learning in their classroom. Get ready to question, build, play, and explore!

Your kits will/may include: Materials will include ramps and balls, building tools both in the conventional sense like blocks and other tool/toys and in the more design challenge realm like tape, rubber bands, straws, etc., science center must haves, such as magnifying glasses and flashlights, and literature pieces.

Water Science Investigations and AwarenessStrand Provider: Rick Reynolds and Jim Ekins

Strand Description: This strand combines three impactful, interrelated investigative science learning programs. Participants will earn three certifications: IDAH2O Master Water Stewards, TRM Crayfish and Freshwater Ecosystems, and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), the first two being citizen science programs. Entirely interactive classroom sessions each morning will build to daily afternoon hands-on, place-based investigation of water quality and freshwater ecosystems within the Cougar Creek ecological restoration and outdoor activities within Cougar Bay Preserve and the McGovern Research Forest.

Your kit will/may include: The official IDAH2O Master Water Stewards water quality monitoring kit. It contains everything a citizen scientist or teacher needs to complete a full IDAH2O stream or pond assessment. Teachers can use the kit for water science investigations. The rest of the kit can be reused indefinitely. Many more items to list!

Strand Provider: Melissa Stroupe

Strand Description: Get ready to piece it all together to create a deeper understanding! We are going to start small and build our way towards gaining multiple ideas for you to implement into your classroom. You will be learning how to use Lego’s in all content areas, and will be given the resources that you need to start using them in your classroom right away. Learn about the amazing creations, stations, and challenges that you can have your students try 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 of resources, assessment rubrics, creating lifelong partnership within our community, all while having a ton of fun! This strand is focusing on using the basic LEGO blocks in a variety of ways, with the focus being on intermediate grades. If you are a middle school teacher, looking for an easy way to get started, this is the spot for you too!

Your Kit will/may include: Our kit is a TON of LEGOs!!! There are different Lego kits, allowing for many diverse opportunities to build.

Strand Provider: Sheila Frei

Strand Description: Get ready to piece it all together to create a deeper understanding! We are going to start small and build our way towards gaining multiple ideas for you to implement into your classroom. You will be learning how to use Lego’s in all content areas and will be given the resources that you need to start using them in your classroom right away. Learn about the amazing creations, stations, and challenges that you can have your students try 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 of resources, assessment rubrics, creating lifelong partnership within our community, all while having a ton of fun! This strand is focusing on using the basic LEGO blocks in a variety of ways, with the focus being on intermediate grades. If you are a middle school teacher, looking for an easy way to get started, this is the spot for you too!

Your Kit will/may include: Our kit is a TON of LEGOs!!! There are different Lego kits, allowing for many diverse opportunities to build.

Ready, Set, Drone LogoStrand Provider: Tyler Downey

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!

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