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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

Need to fill out an Interim or Final Report? Instructions on how to complete them can be found here!

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Overview: FabSLAM has two components: 1) A two-day professional development workshop for educators and 2) a team-based digital fabrication challenge where youth learn and practice design, iteration, and production skills primarily focused on 3D design and fabrication.

Details: Educators will attend the two-day professional development training on 3D design and fabrication and form a team comprised of 4-6 youth to begin working on the youth competition. The educator will ensure the youth attend the regional FabSLAM Showcase Event and are prepared to share their project and speak about their design.

Requirements & Eligibility:  Educators from publicly-funded formal and informal Idaho educational organizations serving students in grades 5 through 9 can apply. Private entities (including parochial) are not eligible to apply. Educators who participated in FabSLAM 2016 are not eligible to apply again this year, however they can bring a team to the regional Showcase Event.

Educators who successfully complete the workshop will receive a FlashForge 3D printer, 3D design tools, filament and other supplies for their educational organization.


OCTOBER 9-10: Idaho Falls/Pocatello area (specific location TBD)

OCTOBER 12-13: Twin Falls (or Boise – specific location TBD)

OCTOBER 16-17: Moscow/Lewiston area (specific location TBD)

Deadline to Apply: September 6, 2017.

Apply through the Community Grant Portal links at the top of the page.

Eligible to apply: Idaho public schools serving grades 6-8

The number one reason students do not pursue STEM careers is they do not know about them. Learning Blade is designed to be implemented in almost any classroom and across multiple grades. If you are looking to support Idaho’s academic middle school standards in Career and Technical Education, Computer Science Education or English Language Arts then Learning Blade is for you! If awarded, your school will receive a school-wide site license for the Learning Blade System.

Informational Flyer

Informational Webinar – You are encouraged to watch this 30 minute presentation to see how Learning Blade can help you increase STEM Career Awareness with your students.

Scoring Rubric

Deadline to apply August 25, 2017.

Apply through the Community Grant Portal links at the top of the page.

This award is ONLY OPEN for schools which have been accepted to attend the Gowen Thunder Airshow STEM Challenge on October 13th. More information on the event can be found here. 

Apply through the Community Grant Portal links at the top of the page.

Global Cardboard Challenge Grant – September 1

PK12 Innovative STEM Grant – Fall 2017

Family STEM and Career Awareness Event Grant – Fall 2017

Eligible: Only current formal K-12 educators at Idaho public schools who attended the two day Business Educator Exchange conference at NNU July 26-27 were eligible. Educators must have met/completed all requirements pertaining to the grant and NNU’s CEU requirements.**

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

The STEM Action Center funding will be reimbursed through public school districts. It is preferred applicants keep that in mind. Applicants may be taxed on your funding amount if funds are disbursed directly to the individual. Individuals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and funding cannot be guaranteed. Funding is not available for private schools and related organizations.

Informational Flyer

PDC Information

Deadline to apply was August 5, 2017. Applications are now under review. 

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.

Who can apply?
Eligible educators will be teaching in a public high school (grades 9-12) during the 2017-2018 school year.

Extended deadline to apply – July 12th!

Regional professional development trainings:
-Boise State University: July 20-21
-Idaho State University: July 27-28
-North Idaho College: August 7-8

Student project work: September 2017 to March 2018

Idaho Science and Engineering Fairs:
-Western (Boise State University): March 2, 2018
-Eastern (Idaho State University): March 16, 2018
-Northern (North Idaho College): March 9, 2018

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.

Applications are under review. 

Eligible to apply: Idaho Educators that applied to Picademy USA Training. Those selected for the training will be awarded the travel grant.

Idaho STEM Action Center is partnering with Raspberry Pi to bring one of four national Picademy trainings to Boise, Idaho. Raspberry Pi has the decision on which educators will be selected for the training but the Idaho STEM Action Center will help Idaho educators selected with travel funds (based on distance).

Deadline: May 29, 2017

To apply to our travel grant, click on the “Login to Grants Portal” or “Create a New Account” above. Our timing will be very tight, so we encourage you to apply to this grant in tandem with the Raspberry Pi’s Picademy training grant by clicking here

The STEM Action Center has funding available for students and student teams qualifying for state and national STEM competitions. Up to $2,500 per team is available to help with the costs of travel associated with these competitions. More details are available in our Community Grants Portal.

Eligibility: All not-for-profit and/or publicly-funded educational institutions who have signed up to be an Maker Camp affiliate this summer.
Must agree to be an Maker Camp affiliate through Maker Media’s site. In addition to completing this application you must agree to:

Share videos, photos, comments on projects, experience
Provide feedback, comments, input about what works, what doesn’t
Share aggregate data on campers

Complete and return any site or participant surveys (provided by STEM AC where applicable)
Those organizations meeting the requirements will be awarded $500.00 to purchase materials and supplies to support the Maker Camp activities.
Deadline to apply: 5:00 pm June 9, 2017 for funding.

Deadline to return Grant Award Letter for release of funds: 5 pm June 16, 2017.
Please apply by clicking “Login to Grants Portal” or “Create a New Account” on the top of the page.

i-STEM is a coordinated effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education, educators, businesses, and industry to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Please note the following dates and locations: College of Southern Idaho June 26-29, College of Western Idaho June 27-30, Eastern Idaho Technical College June 26-29, Idaho State University June 20-23, Lewis-Clark State College June 19-22, North Idaho College June 19-22.

For more information click here.


Twenty educators from around the state will be attending the five day training scheduled July 31-August 4 in Boise. Organizations represented include: Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, Lewis and Clark State College, Lake Hazel Middle School, Nampa School District, West Bonner School District, Discovery Center of Idaho, Emmett Middle School, Bonneville School District, Idaho Falls Power, Idaho Falls Zoo, Idaho National Labratory, and Musuem of Idaho.

For more information on the project click Idaho_Regional Leaders_Invitation 170224.

Review the syllabus MSS-Syllabus_FINAL TO BSU.


Educurious three day professional development training will provide educators with strategies to effectively integrate 21st-century skills into science teaching. The program will guide public educators to support students to work collaboratively, persist in their endeavors, communicate well, and integrate subject knowledge into creating solutions for authentic problems — all skills required in STEM fields.

  • Boise (Elementary and Middle/HS Track): Fort Boise Learning Center, 300 West Fort Street, June 12-14;
  • Coeur d’Alene: Midtown Meeting Center, 1505 N 5th St, June 19-21;
  • Twin Falls: Canyon Ridge HS, 301 N College Rd West, July 31-August 2;
  • Pocatello: Holiday Inn Express, 200 Via Venito, August 14-16

For more information about the training, click here.

For CEU information and to review the syllabus click here.

Review Scoring Rubric here.

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Twenty-two public schools and libraries representing both urban and rural communities were awarded the Discover Drone Education package. A total of 42 applications were submitted, making this a highly competitive review process! 20 Idaho content experts thoroughly reviewed the submissions and we increased funding to support to support the large number of applications receiving excellent scores.

Congratulations to the following organizations:

Bingham Academy, Blackfoot; Blackfoot High School, Blackfoot; Cascade School District, Cascade; Centennial High School, Boise; Culdesac School, Culdesac; East Junior High School, Boise; Fremont County School District, Teton; Glenns Ferry Public Library, Glenns Ferry; Hailey Public Library, Hailey; Hillside Junior High School, Boise; Kamiah School District, Kamiah; Madison High School, Rexburg; Mountainview Alternative High School, Rathdrum; New Plymouth School District, New Plymouth; Nezperce Junior High School, Nezperce; Ridgevue High School, Nampa; Salmon Public Library, Salmon; South Junior High School, Boise; ; Syringa Middle School, Caldwell; Treasure Valley Math/Science,  Boise; Vallivue Middle School, Caldwell; West Minico Middle School, Paul. 

Eligibility: Informal and Formal K-12 educators

This 3-day workshop will build teachers’ understanding of the essential features of inquiry, misconceptions about inquiry and the instructional focus on process skills that support implementation of Idaho science standards. ASSET will also help educators learn how to better integrate English language arts, history, and social studies into their science learning activities, making science more meaningful to the students. Lewiston workshop May 18-20; Boise workshop June 15-17.

For more information on the project click here.

Review the syllabus here.

Applications Evaluated: April 7-14, 2017; Awards Announced: April 24, 2017.

The STEM Career awareness grant was awarded to nine publicly-funded K-12 schools and educational organizations wishing to provide students with hands-on experiences with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) jobs and face-to-face exposure to STEM professionals. Awards were announced April 1, 2017 totaling $9,000.

The $1,000 Family STEM Awareness Event Grant was awarded to 51 public schools, public libraries, and educational organizations. The funding will be used to support a STEM event for families in their community. The events target not only students, but also their parents/guardians, industry, and the community at large.


BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 11, 2017) — The Idaho STEM Action Center just awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in PK12 grants to education professionals and organizations throughout the state. The grants provide recipients – such as kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, libraries, and out-of-school organizations – with up to $2,500 each to fund innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer-science projects. Read More Here