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Idaho Community STEM Grants Portal:

Using the links listed below, educators can apply for funding opportunities that are administered by the Idaho STEM Action Center

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

Need instructions on how to create an account or fill out an Interim or Final Report?

Instructions on how to complete them can be found here!

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The Idaho STEM Action Center is calling on Idaho’s educational programs to apply to participate in the VR4ED Coding pilot project! In collaboration with the Idaho Virtual Reality Council and Blocksmith Inc, this project aims to introduce middle and high school-aged students to coding by creating their own virtual worlds. Using Blocksmith’s coding software platform, students will have the opportunity to create objects, learn concepts, and share and explore worlds created by their peers. Idaho teams will be selected to participate, so we encourage educators who apply to select a program partner from another educational organization or school in their community. Ideal team would have two instructors from the lead organization/school and one or two from the secondary organization/school.

Who?
The VR4ED Coding pilot project is open to Idaho educational programs- both in and out of the classroom (schools, libraries, nonprofits, etc.). To help build a community of learning, we are looking for teams and asking that educators who apply to participate in this project identify an educator from another organization to attend the training and share the program with them. Educators will have access to continued support to ensure they are getting the most of their VR program.

What?
The VR4ED Coding pilot project offers classrooms the materials needed to learn computer programming via the Blocksmith software and then use VR equipment as a tool to explore the objects, spaces, games, and other projects. The main focus for the VR4ED Coding pilot project is coding instruction (Blocksmith software), utilizing the VR equipment as a tool to immerse/view what was created with the coding.

Selected educators and their program partners will be required to attend the professional development training held on February 2, 2018 in Boise, ID (exact location TBD). Travel funding may be available for participating teams.

Selected sites across the state will be awarded the following materials as a part of this pilot project ($6,000 value):

  • ​1 Oculus Rift virtual reality headset (requires approximately a 6’x6′ space for activity)
  • Computer hardware to support the Oculus Rift
  • 15 DODOcase virtual reality viewers
  • 1 Router
  • 30 Blocksmith software licenses
  • Professional development for each element of the pilot project
  • *** 15 phones (we encourage you to ask your community for donations but Idaho STEM Action Center will help gather phones too. Phones need to be iPhone 5 or newer or Android phone 4 years old or newer.)

Where? When?
Professional Development Training (attendance is required)
February 2, 2018, all day
Location: Boise, ID (TBD)

Challenge/Showcase Day (required)
April 21, 2017, TBD
Location: Boise, ID (TBD)

Application Deadline: December 17, 2017 at 4pm (MST)

Apply through the Community Grant Portal buttons (Login into Grants Portal or Create a New Account) at the top of the page.

The Idaho STEM Action Center is proud to announce that i-STEM is transitioning to the Center this school year. We are excited to fully welcome this exceptional STEM professional development into the Center and look forward to continue our work with Idaho industries to provide high-quality, relevant, real-world, hands-on, and project-based opportunities for Idaho STEM educators through STEM-related workshop strands.

During i-STEM, in addition to participating in the workshop strands, educators will participate in general sessions with keynote speakers, network with other STEM educators from across the state, and even may take a field trip related to their strand . Participants receive continuing education credits (CEUs) and leave with a kit of materials related to the strand workshop they attend.

If you are you interested in sharing your STEM education expertise with other educators in Idaho, we encourage you to submit your proposal to teach a strand for the 2018 i-STEM professional development training program.

i-STEM professional development trainings take place at six flagship Idaho locations (NIC, ISU, LCSC, CSI, CWI and EITC) during the last two weeks of June. Each session takes place over four-days, and features independent strand workshops conducted by STEM education practitioners.

Eligible applicants to teach a workshop strand:

Educators from publicly-funded formal and informal Idaho educational settings (K-12, library, higher education, etc) can apply. Stipends of $1,000 are available for these workshop strand instructors, with an additional $500 stipend available for an instructional assistant for strands requiring additional support.

Vendors and private organizations, please contact istem@stem.idaho.gov for eligibility details. Additional fees and restrictions apply to vendors and for-profit organizations.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2018 at 4pm (MST)

Apply through the Community Grant Portal buttons (Login into Grants Portal or Create a New Account) at the top of the page.

The Family STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)/Career Awareness Grant is designed to support publicly-funded and nonprofit organizations. Up to $1,000 is available to selected applicants wishing to host an event focused on raising awareness about STEM education and career options. The event needs to target not only students, but also their parents/guardians, industry, and the community at large. The event could focus specifically on math or science or be in celebration of STEM in general.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Apply through the Community Grant Portal buttons (Login into Grants Portal or Create a New Account) at the top of the page.

OVERVIEW:
The STEM Action Center is proud to sponsor regional high school science and engineering fairs for the 2017-2018 school year. Winners of the regional fairs will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF is one of the premier national student science and engineering competitions. Idaho will host its second annual regional science and engineering fairs in March 2018.If selected, the educator will receive up to $2,000 to support participation in their regional fair. Educators will use these funds to purchase classroom materials for student projects and to cover travel costs for the educator and students to attend their regional fair. The amount awarded will be based on the number of student projects approved to participate in the fair. Educators will receive $667/student project, up to a maximum of $2,000.Learn more about Idaho’s Science and Engineering Fairs at stem.idaho.gov/isefTHE DETAILS:WHO CAN APPLY?
Educators who will be teaching in a PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL (grades 9-12) during the 2017-2018 school year.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

Deadline to Apply: December 17, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: Monthly Notifications – October 31, November 30, December 31, 2017
Student project work: November 2017 – February 2018Regional Idaho Science and Engineering Fair Dates:

Northern (North Idaho College): March 2, 2018

Eastern (Idaho State University): March 9, 2018

Western (Boise State University): March 16, 2018

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair:
(At least one project per region will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete.)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13-18, 2018

 

This application is for returning two year F3 Idaho project teams (FLL, FTC, FRC) that are open to sustaining their team and are willing to work closely with another FIRST team throughout the season. Seasoned FIRST teams (min 3+ years) may also apply if they are willing to help mentor and work closely with younger teams. You will be asked to check whether you are willing to mentor or be mentored in this application. Please read all requirements outlined in the application carefully before submitting this application.

Apply through the Community Grant Portal buttons (Login into Grants Portal or Create a New Account) at the top of the page.




Overview: Camp Grants are available for current Idaho public educational programs (schools, libraries, afterschool/nonprofits educational programs, workforce development training centers, etc.). This opportunity aims to improve learner understanding and experiences in the subjects of computer science, coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in Idaho. Funding is available for STEM-related camps taking place between September 2017 and August 2018. Priority is given to camps serving underrepresented populations in STEM.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to those selected. Awards will be announced in November 2017.

 

Overview: This PK12 STEM Grant is available for Idaho educators, library staff, and out-of-school organization staff to apply for funding to improve student understanding and learning experiences in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Awards up to $2,500 will be granted for innovative and creative projects in STEM subjects which are hands-on and/or project-based in nature. These projects should focus on student-level instruction that is unique to the needs of the students.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2017

Apply through the Community Grant Portal buttons (Login into Grants Portal or Create a New Account) at the top of the page.


Overview: This Computer Science Device Grant is available for current Idaho public educational programs focusing on computer science (schools, libraries, afterschool/nonprofits educational programs, workforce development training centers, etc.). Funding goals are to improve learner understanding and experiences in the subjects of computer science and coding in Idaho.

CS Device grants can be used for any physical hardware primarily used to create code (laptops, tablets, Raspberry Pi’s, etc.) and supporting physical devices (charging stations, keyboards and mice, mobile carts, monitors, etc.). Robotics and drone devices are accepted only if the primary use is coding instruction. Device grants cannot be used for software, internet, other digital materials, or for any supplemental materials (extended warranties, insurance, licenses, etc.). For additional curricular materials, please see other STEM Action Center funding opportunities, such as the PK12 Innovative STEM Project grant.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to those selected in November.

 

The Idaho STEM Action Center is proud to sponsor regional high school science and engineering fairs for the 2017-2018 school year. Winners of each regional fair will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Intel ISEF is one of the premier national student science and engineering fairs, offering students the chance at $4 million in potential scholarships.

Sixty Idaho public high school teachers will be selected to participate in a two-day professional development workshop and receive guidance on how to embed Intel ISEF projects into current classroom instruction.

If selected, the educator’s school may receive up to $3,000 to be used for participation in their regional Idaho Science and Engineering Fair. Educators will use the funds to travel to their region’s host site (below) to attend the professional development training over the summer. Educators can use the remaining funds to purchase classroom materials for student projects and to return to their regional fair with at least three student projects in spring 2018. Funds can also be used for educator stipends and/or professional development credits.

Overview: The Idaho Science Teachers Association Conference is an Idaho teacher workshop held Oct 5-6, 2017. This workshop features strands for all grade levels in a variety of STEM-related fields, as well as keynote speaker Janie Veltkamp, a raptor biologist from Birds of Prey Northwest.

The Idaho STEM Action Center is providing a conference stipend to 20 Idaho STEM  educators interested in attending the workshop. This stipend is meant to cover the cost of travel and overnight lodging for teachers living more than 100 miles away from the event location (Highland High School, 1800 Bench Rd, Pocatello, ID 83201).

Nominate: Idaho public schools serving grades K-12 were eligible.

The INDEEDS Award is given to two Idaho educators who create unique opportunities for student to experience the fun and excitement of STEM by integrating real-world examples and hands-on activities into the classroom.
One K-6th educator and one 7th-12th grade educator will be selected based on their strong commitment to going above and beyond in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be chosen by industry leaders.

The INDEEDS Award comes with:

  • $2,000 individual cash prize provided by industry
  • Funding to attend a national STEM conference provided by the STEM Action Center
  • $2,000 school funding for STEM initiatives

Winners will be honored at the Idaho Technology Council’s annual Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards gala on October 24, 2017.

Congratulations Jason George from Caldwell School District and Paula McElroy from Payette School District, this years’ INDEEDS Award recipients.

FabSLAM is a two-day professional development workshop for educators and a team-based digital fabrication challenge where youth learn and practice design, iteration, and production skills primarily focused on 3D design and fabrication. Forty-five Idaho educational organizations have been awarded this grant!!


Each fall, thinkers and makers from around the world join the Imagination Foundation for a day of creative construction. Inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. The STEM Action Center is sponsoring up to 50 Cardboard Challenge events across Idaho with complete Makedo kits. Join us on October 7, 2017, for an opportunity for kids to build whatever they can dream up out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination!

37 Idaho educational organizations were sponsored through this opportunity! You can still join the fun on your own! Visit cardboardchallenge.com for more information. Watch the video for “Caine’s Arcade” on YouTube.

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The Idaho STEM Action Center funded one continuing education credit (CEUs, $60) for educators that attended the Business Educator Exchange conference.

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