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The Idaho State Constitution prevents the Idaho STEM Action Center from funding private and parochial organizations, as well as out-of-state applicants.

To apply for a grant or funding opportunity, you must first create a new account in our Grants Portal.

For questions regarding funding opportunities, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov.

Max funding per award:  Travel reimbursement for training | $500 per approved project, up to $1,500

Brief descriptions

Fairs:
Each spring, the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners proudly host three regional science and engineering fairs for high school students across Idaho. These fairs offer students the opportunity to engage in original STEM research projects aligned with their interests. Students present their findings at the Northern, Western, or Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair. Each fair offers students the opportunity to meet and learn with other motivated students in their area. Representative teams from each region are selected to attend and compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), one of the premier international student competitions, offering students the chance at global recognition, industry connections, cash awards, and potential scholarships.

Learn more about Idaho's Science and Engineering Fairs at stem.idaho.gov/isef.

Student Project Support:
Educators taking multiple projects to their regional fair may also qualify to receive up to $1,500 for participation in their regional Idaho Science and Engineering Fair ($500 per approved student project). Funding can be used for:

  1. Classroom/research materials for student projects, and
  2. travel to their regional fair with student projects in spring 2020

Professional Development:
This PD training will equip educators new to the Idaho Science and Engineering Fairs with the skills necessary to mentor student research projects. Educators will also gain an understanding of the required paperwork and permissions for student projects. ISEF Educator trainings are aligned to Idaho Content Standards, including the new science standards.

STEM AC will provide reimbursement of travel expenses for your attendance at your region’s professional development training.

Two PD credits are available for participation in this training, and may include online follow-up.

Who can apply?
Eligible educators will be teaching in a public high school (grades 9-12) during the 2019-2020 school year.

Trainings:

  • Western: July 29-30 @ Boise State University
  • Eastern: August 1-2 @ Idaho State University
  • Northern: August 13-14 (offered through the ISTA/ICTM Annual Conference, registration required and can be reimbursed)

Student project work: September 2019 to regional fair date.

Idaho Science and Engineering Fair Dates:

  • Eastern (Idaho State University): Feb 28 (pending)
  • Western (Boise State University): Mar 6 (pending)
  • Northern (North Idaho College): Mar 13

Anticipated # of awards: 20-25

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of the Ready, Set, Drones! Education program is for students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge related to computational thinking, connect learning with drone technology applications, and build interest in and excitement for current and future career opportunities related to computing and drones.

Brief description: Now with the latest and easiest-to-use mini-drone technology and new video content designed especially for the very youngest pilots-in-training, Ready, Set, Drone!: Second Edition takes students to the skies! The 12 one-hour lessons and extensions in the Ready, Set, Drone! curriculum provide the perfect introduction to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Then, with their ability to be programmed in multiple coding environments, the new mini-drones included in the package become a thrilling platform for computer science. Training workshop will provide support for educators to develop lessons that extend the Ready, Set, Drone! lessons to teach Idaho computer science standards, in addition to an overview of the new curriculum. Ready, Set, Drone! Second Edition comes with an Instructor Guide, a digital curriculum download, and all the supplies needed for 12 one-hour activities.

Learn about technical requirements, program materials, and more in this document.

Two graduate PD credits are available for participation in this program.

Eligibility: Educators serving youth in grades 4 through 8, including educators who have previously participated in drones programming through STEM AC.

Schedule:
Open:
 April 1, 2019
Close: May 5, 2019
Review: May 6-17, 2019
Award notification: May 20-24, 2019

Dates/locations of training: August 5-7 (3 days for new educators, 2 days for returning) at Garfield Elementary School in Boise (1914 Broadway Ave. Boise, ID 83706)

You will be reimbursed for travel based on the following schedule. Funding is also available to support a second educator from your organization to attend the training. Please make note of this educator as the secondary contact in your application. Mileage is calculated one-way from your school/organization address to training address.
length of training

Mileage to training Length of training
(one-way) 1 day 2 days 3 days
0-24 miles -- -- --
25-49 miles $0 $50 $100
50-149 miles $250 $400 $550
150+ miles $450 $600 $750

 

View the Scoring Rubric here: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RSDII-Scoring-Rubric.pdf

Opportunity Name: CS112 Computational Thinking and Problem Solving Dual Credit Professional Development Training with University of Idaho

Open: Now

Overview: Learn the basics of computer science and programming, and help your students gain valuable skills applicable to all career fields. Individuals with knowledge in computer science are in high demand worldwide. The Idaho STEM Action Center partnered with the University of Idaho to offer a two training sessions this summer to prepare you to teach CS 112 for dual credit at your high school.

Eligibility: Public High School educators

Two Training Dates: June 10-14, 2019 University of Idaho – Idaho Falls, June 17-21, 2019 University of Idaho – Coeur d’Alene

For more information or to register go to: uidaho.edu/CS112

Opportunity Name: Code.org Professional Learning Program

Open: Now

Overview: Whether you are new to teaching computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, the Code.org Professional Learning Program in coordination with Idaho Digital Learning, in partnership with the STEM Action Center is designed to promote growth by providing space for you to become comfortable with curricular materials, CS content, and pedagogy. The program supports teachers with diverse teaching backgrounds as they prepare to teach either of the following three courses:

  • Computer Science Fundamentals is a series of courses designed to be flexible for your classroom. How you implement is up to you - teach CS Fundamentals for your next science unit, use it to support math concepts, add technology time to your schedule once a week, or go deeper with extension activities and projects!
  • Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The curriculum is recommended for middle and high school students (grades 6-10) and can be taught either as a semester or full-year offering.
  • Computer Science Principles (can be taught as an AP ® course) is a higher-level introductory course for 9th-12th grade students that introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science while challenging them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. No computer science background is necessary for students or teachers.

Coding curriculum supports teachers new to the discipline with a complete set of lesson plans that include inquiry-based activities, videos, assessment support, and educational tools.

For more information or to register go to https://pd.idiglearning.net/

The Idaho STEM Action Center is excited to announce a call for nominations for this year's Industry's Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM (INDEEDS) Award.

Do you know a public-school educator who not only creates unique opportunities for students to experience the fun and excitement of STEM, but who also integrates real-world STEM examples and hands-on activities into the classroom? We are looking for educators that embody just that and we'd love to hear their STEM-azing story!

Educators from two award categories will be selected, one from K-6th and 7th-12th grades. These Idaho educators with a strong commitment to going above and beyond in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be chosen by industry leaders.

EACH RECIPIENT RECEIVES:

  • $2,000 individual cash prize from Industry awards
  • Up to $2,000 from the Idaho STEM Action Center to attend a national conference related to STEM to advance their professional practices
  • The educator's school will receive $2,000 for STEM initiatives/programs

Winners will be honored at the Idaho Technology Center's Hall of Fame Gala on the evening of October 23, 2019 at the Boise Center.

Who's eligible: All public educator nominations are encouraged.

Visit the INDEEDS page.

Max funding per award: Up to $2,500 for in-state competitions, up to $5,000 for national competitions

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of this opportunity is to build student and educator investment in STEM initiatives by supporting Idaho student participation in STEM-related competitions on the state and national level.

Brief description: The Student Competition Travel Sponsorship is available for student STEM competition teams associated with a publicly-funded organization or nonprofit. Funding is allocated based on the guidelines provided below.

Schedule (open/close/review/award notification): Applications are reviewed monthly. Funding is awarded after STEM AC receives a signed sponsorship agreement, and processing may take up to 30 days. Please plan accordingly.

STEM AC may match up to 50% of your sponsor's donation, up to $5000, unless previously arranged with STEM AC. (The average request for this opportunity is a $5K STEM AC match of a $10K donation.) Your external donation amount must be a minimum of $1,000 per donor to qualify for this opportunity.

Funding decisions are made around the 15th of each month, with notifications going out by the end of the month. Note that it can take up to 45 days to process the request and get the funds to you. Please plan accordingly.

After eligibility is determined based on STEM AC guidelines for funding, first priority for the Public-Private Partnership opportunity goes to STEM industry/business/organization donors. Funding prioritization will then be based on the proposed project’s alignment to STEM AC’s strategic priorities (below) and the plan for measuring project outcomes.

The Idaho STEM Action Center’s enabling legislation focuses on five broad areas:

  • Student learning and achievement (including underrepresented populations)
  • Student access to STEM including equity issues
  • Teacher professional development and opportunities
  • College and career STEM pathways
  • Industry and workforce needs

Your sponsor(s) can receive:

  1. An Idaho education tax credit by donating to the STEM AC (information here). Please request your sponsor(s) make the donation check out to Idaho STEM Action Center and send to 802 W. Bannock St., Suite 701, Boise, ID 83702.
    OR
  2. A federal tax deduction by donating to our 501(c)(3) non-profit STEM AC Foundation. Please request your sponsor(s) make the donation check out to Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation and send to 802 W. Bannock St., Suite 701, Boise, ID 83702.

100% of the donation(s), regardless of whether it is made to the STEM AC or the STEM AC Foundation, will go to your STEM program.

In order to qualify for matching funds, you must have secured outside funding that can be run through the STEM Action Center or the STEM Action Center Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov. For donations over $10K, please contact the STEM AC at admin@stem.idaho.gov prior to submitting your application.

This STEM AC funding is available to sponsor conferences with a STEM focus. Please note that programs available through other STEM AC opportunities do not qualify for sponsorship- please wait for the relevant opportunity to open (including Computer Science Device Grant, PK12 Innovative STEM Project Grant, Camp & Out-of-School Program Support Grant, Family STEM/Career Awareness Grant, Student Competition Travel Grant, and others).

If you are not sure if your program qualifies for sponsorship, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov before applying.

Eligibility: Publicly-funded educational organizations such as schools, libraries, after-school educational programs, educational nonprofits/community centers conducting STEM education-related programs

Funding decisions will be made around the 15th of each month, with notifications going out by the end of the month. Note that it can take up to 45 days to process the request and get the funds to you. Please plan your timeline accordingly.

Funding prioritization will be based on the proposed project’s alignment to STEM AC’s strategic priorities (below) and the plan for measuring project outcomes.

The Idaho STEM Action Center’s enabling legislation focuses on five broad areas:

Student learning and achievement (including underrepresented populations)

Student access to STEM including equity issues

Teacher professional development and opportunities

College and career STEM pathways

Industry and workforce needs