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Rural Community STEM Engagement Grant

Payette WorkshopOpportunity Goals and Objectives: The next generation of Idaho jobs will require a flexible set of skills that include creativity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. We can cultivate these skills - and increase economic opportunity for our children - through an educational approach that centers on discovery, experimentation and design (maker-centered learning). These are learning processes that can happen not only in advanced science and math classes but across curricula and for all age groups, setting up youth for success in an interdisciplinary, 21st-century workforce. This opportunity is designed for rural schools or organizations who want to introduce local educators to the methods and applications of maker-centered learning, strengthen community partnerships, and activate new community leaders in STEM education. Recipients will host a two-day STEM engagement workshop, developed and led by the STEM Action Center, in Summer 2020, that will provide strategies and resources for educators to integrate a maker-centered approach in their programs and classrooms. The grant will also provide funding for the Lead Organization and up to five Partner Organizations to implement maker-centered learning projects in Fall 2020.

Professional Development Workshop: Objectives

Educators who participate in the two-day professional development workshop will:

  • Learn about the Maker movement, STEM and how they relate to education in rural communities;
  • Gain hands-on experience with tools and technologies for teaching STEM;
  • Practice techniques for facilitated versus instructional learning;
  • Experience the empathy-based model for design and how it can be used as a tool for cross-disciplinary education;
  • Learn strategies for developing and evaluating learning objectives in a Making context;
  • Connect with other educators and develop a strategic vision for 21st century education in your community;
  • Become familiar with tools for telling the story of your work in your community and beyond;
  • Explore how space & environment can shape experiences of Making and learning.

STATUS: Closed


Funding Schedule

Open: January 6, 2020
Close: February 10, 2020
Award date: February 24, 2020

TIMELINE: Lead organization will work with the STEM AC facilitation team to schedule the 2-day workshop and establish an overall timeframe for the project based on the community’s needs.

For more information about workshop objectives and content, please contact the workshop facilitators: Jeff Stratter (salmonlibrary1@gmail.com) & Francesca Bessey (stemsupport@stem.idaho.gov).

Please review the important information below:

  • Who Should Apply?
  • Grant Award Details
  • Requirements & Eligibility

Learn More Below

 

This opportunity is for public schools, school districts, libraries and community education organizations within small-medium sized rural communities in Idaho (pop. < 7,000). A Lead Organization will apply for this grant but should include letters of support from at least FOUR Partner Organizations with the application. Partner Organizations can be public schools, libraries, out-of-school learning programs, industry partners or government agencies that provide education in the community. If the Lead Organization is not a school, at least one of these Partners MUST be a public school or school district. Applicants in lower-population communities are encouraged to partner with neighboring communities to meet the required number of partner organizations.

This grant supports the implementation of a two-day STEM professional development workshop for educators, including teachers, teaching assistants, librarians, daycare providers and out-of-school program staff. Organizations selected for this opportunity will receive the following as part of their award:

  • Two-day professional development and community building workshop for up to 25 educators, developed and facilitated by STEM AC
  • $10,000 for the following:
    • $2,000 to support the implementation of the two-day workshop including food, supplies, marketing, materials, etc.
    • $3,000 to implement maker programs and/or purchase new STEM equipment for the Lead Organization.
    • $5,000 to distribute to Partner Organizations ($1,000/each, up to five) to implement maker programs in Fall 2020 (additional funding may be available if more than five Partner Organizations are recruited).
  • Attendance at the Rural STEM Convening [insert Dates & Location] for on-boarding, and networking with previous & current grant recipients.
  • Travel to/from and lodging at the Rural STEM Convening for one member of the lead organization.
  • Workshop documentation including promotional materials, supply lists, registration and assessment forms.
  • Facilitation of three (3) digital meetups for participants following the workshop to provide opportunities for extended learning and community building.
  • At the end of the grant period, organizations may be eligible to apply for additional funding opportunities to continue expanding community opportunities for maker-centered learning.

This opportunity is for public schools, school districts, libraries and community education organizations within small-medium sized rural communities in Idaho (pop. < 7,000). A Lead Organization will apply for this grant but should include letters of support from at least FOUR Partner Organizations with the application. Partner Organizations can be public schools, libraries, out-of-school learning programs, industry partners or government agencies that provide education in the community. If the Lead Organization is not a school, at least one of these Partners MUST be a public school or school district. Applicants in lower-population communities are encouraged to partner with neighboring communities to meet the required number of partner organizations.

Requirements for the Lead Organization are as follows:

  • Recruit Partner Organizations for participation in project.
  • Attend two-day Rural STEM Convening in [insert Location/Date] for grant on-boarding and collaboration with other grant recipients around Idaho.
  • Make arrangements for two-day workshop including securing a venue, catering, materials (a list will be provided), registering and corresponding with participants.
  • Recruit 20-25 educators to attend workshop (attendees do not have to be affiliated with a Partner Organization).
  • Communicate with STEM AC facilitators to determine workshop dates and ensure completion of workshop preparations.
  • Participate in two-day professional development workshop alongside educators in your community.
  • Assist with set-up and clean-up of professional development workshop.
  • Complete all pre- and post-workshop surveys and evaluations from STEM AC.
  • Schedule and host three post-workshop digital meet-ups for Partner Organizations.
  • Expend grant funds to implement or expand making-based STEM programs at your site.
  • Oversee Partner Organizations and distribute funds to those who meet requirements.
  • Complete final report.

Requirements for Partner Organizations are as follows:

  • At least one representative must attend all modules of the two-day workshop.
  • Complete all pre- and post-workshop surveys and evaluations from STEM AC.
  • Send at least one representative to each of three post-workshop digital meet-ups, to be scheduled with Lead Organization.
  • Expend sub-grant funds to implement one or more Making-based STEM activities by November 1, 2020.
  • Complete Partner Organization report.
  • Provide a signed and dated letter of support to be included with the Lead Organization’s application, outlining their agreement to the above and stating the estimated number of staff they can commit to attending the two-day professional development workshop.
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