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i-STEM 2020 Strand Instructors Needed!

i-STEM 2020

Opportunity Goals and Objectives: To empower Idaho educators to gain STEM content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and build local communities of learning to increase student excitement for and interest in STEM.

Want to share your STEMazing knowledge with Idaho educators? Apply to be a strand instructor at i-STEM 2020! We are looking for passionate leaders to teach 4-day strands (workshops) at the i-STEM institutes. Institutes take place the last two weeks of June at six locations across the state. The application will be open October 15 through December 1, 2019.

What is i-STEM? i-STEM is a summer professional development opportunity for formal and informal Idaho educators. During four days, participants attend a strand, participate in general sessions, hear from keynote speakers and network with their peers. Strand instruction is focused on hands-on, project-based learning with content that focuses on local topics of interest. Each participant receives a kit of instructional material so that they can implement what they have learned in their teaching environments.

This year’s i-STEM theme is STEMpower Your Partnerships. During general sessions participants will learn how to build, maintain and strengthen their partnerships to support STEM education in their schools, organizations and communities. Participants will hear from keynotes speakers, learn about and work with tools to harness the power of partnerships, and network with other educators. Strand providers will be encourage to incorporate this theme into their instruction. How can your strand demonstrate best practices is successful partnerships? For example, does your strand provide project ideas that will work for team teaching? Or perhaps your strand highlights partnering with local business and industry?

Max funding per award: If instructor(s) is a public formal or informal Idaho educator - lead instructor will receive a $1500 stipend, assistant instructor will receive a $500 stipend, and $200 for each participant kit. NOTE: Strand providers DO NOT have to be Idaho educators. If you represent a vendor, industry or other organization, please contact to learn more.

How to apply to be a strand instructor:

  • Create an account in STEM AC’s Community Grants Portal
  • Fill out the i-STEM 2020 Strand Provider application. Make sure to download the budget template, fill it in with your estimated kit materials, and upload to your application. Also download the strand agenda template, fill it in, and upload to your application.
  • Applications will be reviewed December 2, 2019 through January 4, 2020.
  • If accepted, confirm your participation by January 27, 2020.

STATUS: Closed

Strand Provider Training:
February 21, 2019

Organizational Conference Calls (2): April and May, 2019 (Date TBA)

Funding Schedule

Open: October 15, 2019
Close: December 1, 2019
Award date: January 15, 2020
Program Manager: Finia Dinh

Anticipated # of awards: 36 strands

i-STEM Institute Dates/Locations:

June 15-18, 2020 @
College of Southern Idaho

June 15-18, 2020 @
Lewis-Clark State College

June 16-19, 2020 @
Idaho State University

June 22-25, 2020 @
College of Eastern Idaho

June 22-25, 2020 @
North Idaho College

June 23-26, 2020 @
College of Western Idaho

Program Partners: i-STEM summer institutes take place at North Idaho College, Lewis Clark State College, Idaho State University, College of Eastern Idaho, College of Southern Idaho and College of Western Idaho.

Being an i-STEM strand instructor involves:

  1. Provide 24 hours of instruction time across 4 days. Strand instruction should be hands-on, project-based and tie to real world applications.
  2. Develop a kit of materials for participants so they can implement what you have taught them into their own teaching environments.
  3. You are encouraged to plan a field trip to a local business or industry partner to demonstrate the real world applicability of your strand content.
  4. Attend the February 21, 2019 training day and follow up training conference calls (Dates TBA).
  5. Review participant applications.
  6. Provide a final report and receipts.

We will host two webinars on being a strand instructor:

  • October 28th 4-5pm MST (CANCELLED)
  • November 13th 5-6pm MST

Check back for registration and additional information about the webinars.

i-STEM Strand Instructors Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an Idaho educator to be a strand instructor?

No, you do not have to be an Idaho educator. If you are from industry or representing a vendor, we invite you to be part of i-STEM; however, we will not provide funding for instructor stipends and kits. Please email if you are a non-Idaho educator and want to lead a strand.

Will I be compensated for my time?

Yes, lead strand instructors that are Idaho public formal or informal educators receive a $1500 stipend, travel reimbursements and substitute costs for the training day, and travel reimbursements to i-STEM. If you represent a vendor, industry or another for-profit organization, you will not be compensated for your time.

Can I have an assistant?

Yes, we encourage strand instructors to have an assistant. Strand assistants that are Idaho public formal and informal educators receive a $500 stipend.

How do I purchase materials for the kits?

Lead strand instructors will get a pre-loaded purchasing card that can be used to purchase items for kits. Strand providers must keep track of purchases and turn in receipts after the institute. Strand providers are also responsible for delivery of kits to the institute.

Can I spend more than $200 per participant on kit materials and field trip costs?

STEM AC provides $200 per participant for each strand. We encourage strand instructors to find sponsors for their strand to support kit materials and provide in-kind time of speakers, tours, or field trips. STEM AC will match 50% (up to $5,000) of a donation to your strand.

How many participants are in each strand? Are participants K-12 educators?

There are up to 15 participants in each strand. Participants can be formal K-12 educators and administrators or informal educators such librarians, museum educators, after school educators. Participants will apply to attend strands in February.

What does reviewing participant applications involve?

Participants apply to attend i-STEM and their applications are reviewed and scored by strand providers. Lead strand providers are expected to review 20 randomly assigned applications and assistant strand providers are expected to review 10 randomly assigned applications. It takes ~30 minutes to review an application.

What is the final report and when is it due?

The final report is submitted online through STEM AC’s Community Grant Portal and is a series of short answer questions. It is due two weeks after the i-STEM institutes. Approximate time to fill out the final report is 1 hour.

i-STEM Strand Instructors Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in sponsoring i-STEM by supporting a workshop, being a regional sponsor or adopting a teacher?


i-STEM 2019 Sponsorship

Secure your sponsorship by March 31, 2019 to support i-STEM by contacting Kaitlin Maguire,, 208.332.1720

Download the Sponsorship Flyer

What is i-STEM?

Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors!

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