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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.

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

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of the Computer Science Professional Development Initiative Grant is to partner with providers of professional development programs that focus on CS. This grant will allow us to help K-12 educators implement the CS training into their classrooms.

Meeting the STEMworks “accomplished” criteria will ensure that applicant programs embrace and include the key elements of professional development in their programs, and is the basic requirement for consideration for Idaho STEM Action Center Computer Science (CS) Professional Development (PD) Initiative. Further, successful CS PD Initiative applications must answer Idaho specific questions and demonstrate how they meet Idaho specific objectives. To meet these, programs must:

  • Provide educators with strategies to better connect computer science with other disciplines, create and teach interdisciplinary programs, and evaluate interdisciplinary work.
  • Have the human and resource capacity to be replicable and sustainable anywhere in Idaho regardless of community size or location.
  • Be based on current best-practices, research and data and 1) immerse participants in inquiry and model inquiry forms of teaching; 2) be intensive and sustainable; 3) engage teachers in concrete tasks and be based on teacher experiences with students; 4) deepen teacher content skills; and 5) be grounded in a common set of professional development standards.
  • Communicate strategies, methodologies, and content that can be used by educators to effectively engage all learners in a computer science-focused approach to instruction. These include racial and ethnic minorities (including English language learners), students of low socioeconomic status, females, and/or students living in rural communities.
  • Provide educators strategies to better embed the practices associated with 21st century skills into their teaching.

Deadline for proposals is October 1, 2018.

Learn more and submit your proposal at https://cte_rating.wested.org/how-it-works/id.php

Max funding per award: Based on distance (see below)

Brief description: The Idaho STEM Action Center has funding available to support travel to the Connections! STEM Conference, hosted by the Idaho Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Idaho Science Teachers Association. To learn more about this conference, visit https://idscienceteachers.wildapricot.org/. This conference features STEM-related strands for all grade levels.

Registration for the conference is a prerequisite to receive travel funding. The registration to attend can be found here: http://www.idahoctm.org/event-2961691

Schedule: Opens September 6, 2018. Funding will be awarded after attendance at the conference is confirmed.

Other dates/locations:
The Conference will be held on October 5-6 at Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho.
Eagle High School
574 North Park Lane
Eagle, ID 83616

Travel funding is awarded as a reimbursement after attendance and provided based on the distance from your school or organization to the conference address. Please use your school or organization address, not your home address.
25-49 miles: $50
50-149 miles: $400
150+ miles: $600

Max funding per award: $2,500

Anticipated # of awards: 60

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of this opportunity is to encourage the exploration of innovative concepts through engagement with new educational tools by educators, students, and local communities. This opportunity also aims to encourage students to explore future pathways in STEM-related fields, reinvigorate excitement for STEM educators, and build local communities of learning across Idaho.

Brief description: This PK12 Innovative STEM Project 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 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.

Schedule: (open/close/review/award notification): Opens 8/20. Closes 9/23. Award announcement date (subject to change): 10/8

Bright Spots:
https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BrightSpots_Parma_Final.pdf
https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BrightSpots_Emmett_Final.pdf

View the Scoring Rubric here: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PK12-Scoring-Rubric-18-19.pdf

Max funding per award: $10,000

Anticipated # of awards: 20

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of the Computer Science Grant is to equip educators with the materials necessary to more effectively instruct computer science concepts to Idaho students, reducing traditional barriers to entry in CS fields for underrepresented populations and increasing the CS knowledge base in Idaho.

Brief description: Equal access is a game-changer. In computer science fields, it enables students to build upon their skills over years, regardless of traditional barriers like geography and income. By helping reduce these barriers, the Computer Science Grant aims to assist students and educators in building program-specific knowledge and skills that can equate to long-term success.

This opportunity is open to Idaho public school formal educators, educational out-of-school nonprofit organizations, library staff, and other informal educators. Funding is available to purchase hardware (laptops, tablets, etc), CS software with the primary purpose of coding and related instruction, as well as related supporting materials (charging stations, keyboards and mice, monitors, etc). The primary and main use of all grant materials must be computer science instruction and learning. Funding for robotics, virtual reality, and drone devices is permitted only with strong justification that their primary use is coding and computer science instruction.

Schedule: Opens: 8/29. Closes: 9/30. Award announcement date (subject to change): 10/15.

View the Scoring Rubric here: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Computer-Science-Grant-Scoring-Rubric-18-19.pdf

STEM AC will match 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

Hands-on, Minds-on, Hearts-on In this 7-hour early STEM workshop, early childhood practitioners will explore ways to foster a sense of wonder in preschool students using hands-on inquiry-based learning.

Participants will: 1) Gain an understanding of what inquiry-based learning is, and how it can meet young children's cognitive and social emotional needs 2) See examples of inquiry-driven design thinking in the classroom 3) Practice the concept of "hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on" 4) Create their own early STEM curriculum that equips students to design, conduct, and analyze experiments to solve challenges from popular early childhood books 5) Explore the use of high-level questioning to extend and scaffold students' learning during all learning and routine care activities throughout the preschool day 6) Experiment with a makerspace specially designed for young children 7) Learn to implement a screen-free preschool coding curriculum 8) Receive a toolkit worth ~$500 9) Access digital resources on early STEM through the STEM Action Center website 10) Network with local early childhood practitioners to support a strong early STEM learning program throughout Idaho

Eligibility: Formal and informal educators working with children ages 4 to 6 years of age.

Application will open in late Fall.

Anticipated # of awards: 45

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of FabSLAM is to equip students with the practical, technical, and creative skills needed to engage with real-world problems of today and tomorrow.

Brief description: FabSLAM is a team-based digital fabrication challenge where youth learn and practice design, iteration, and production skills primarily focused on 3D design and fabrication. Educators will receive three days of professional development training for this program, and will coach students through a multi-week digital fabrication challenge, including proper documentation of their process and encouraging multiple design iterations throughout the challenge. Teams will then present their work at the FabSLAM Student Showcase Event, where a panel of industry professionals will judge their work based on creativity, iteration, design, and other criteria.

Schedule:
  • Grant open: August 2 - September 17, 2018 (NOW CLOSED)
  • Award notification: September 18-20, 2018
  • Training workshops:
    • Pocatello: October 11-13, Idaho State University Eames Complex (1999 Alvin Ricken Dr. Pocatello, ID 83201)
    • Boise: October 18-20, University of Idaho Water Center (322 E Front St. Boise, ID 83702)
    • Coeur d'Alene: October 25-27, North Idaho College (100 W Garden Ave. Coeur d'Alene 83814)
  • Student showcase events: Spring 2019

Funding details: Recipients of this grant will receive materials related to the program (FlashForge 3D printer, 3D design tools, filament, etc). Funding is also available to support travel to the trainings and showcases and substitutes, as needed.

Travel funding is appropriated as follows, based on one-way distance from your organization to your closest training site:

  • 25-49 miles: $100
  • 50-149 miles: $550
  • 150+ miles: $750

Eligibility: Publicly-funded and nonprofit organizations serving grades 5-9 are eligible to apply. Participating in a regional showcase event is a requirement for this program. Organizations that have participated in FabSLAM in previous years are not eligible for this opportunity.

Learning Blade is an online, supplemental STEM career awareness system aligned to Idaho's content standards. Learning Blade uses game-based "missions" that focus on societal problems and needs instead of building the program around a particular technology or scientific principle. The missions involve a wide variety of STEM domains and careers, allowing exposure to more contexts than are traditionally available in many school settings. Missions also demonstrate how core academic skills are used in STEM careers, producing analytic reports on the specific skill objectives for individual students or classes. The system is fully internet-based, running on desktops and tablets including iPads. Learning Blade does not require extensive teacher training or classroom materials and is complementary to project- or lab-based activities. The unique organization allows activities to be utilized both in an entertaining self-paced game environment and as skill practice within academic classrooms. This grant is open to Idaho public schools for grades 6-8. Up to 40 schools will be selected in Idaho to receive full school licenses for one year to implement Learning Blade programming. Priority will be given to schools offering the broadest impact by proposing implementation throughout multiple grades (within 6-8 range) and multiple subject areas. More information on the program can be found at http://learningblade.com/or at Idaho Learning Blade Flyer. Learning Blade helps to:
  • Build awareness of and interest in STEM careers
  • Demonstrate the relevance of academics to careers
  • Help prepare students with the required academic skills
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. Join us on October 6, 2018, for an opportunity for kids to build whatever they can dream up out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination! The STEM Action Center is granting eligible learning organizations hosting Cardboard Challenge events across Idaho with $325 to support their event. Visit cardboardchallenge.com for more information. Watch the video for “Cain’s Arcade” on YouTube. Check out some great resources including a Cardboard Challenge playbook and activities by clicking here
The Week of Making is an opportunity to for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of Makers. The Idaho STEM AC is encouraging Idaho learning organizations to get hands-on, get creative, get inspired, and get MAKING this summer!! This grant is to support the purchase of tools, technology, materials, and supplies needed to host fun and engaging maker-centered activities for "kids" of all ages! (Yes, this can include adults!) ELIGIBILITY: All not-for-profit and/or publicly-funded educational organizations (IDAHO ONLY). REQUIREMENTS: Must apply to be an Affiliate Maker Camp through Maker Media's site and add your event to the map to get Idaho recognized! In addition to completing this application you must agree to:
  • Host maker-centered activities at your learning organization over the summer - inclusive of the Week of Making June 11-17, 2018.
  • Utilize funding to purchase tools, technology, materials, and supplies to host maker-centered summer activities.
  • Complete a final report through the Community Grant Portal by deadline stated. This report will include data on participation, details on activities hosted, and feedback from events through participant surveys.
FUNDING: Those organizations meeting the requirements will be awarded $500.00 to purchase materials and supplies to support the activities. Deadline to apply: 5:00 pm May 15, 2018.
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 (Making). 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. WHO SHOULD APPLY: This workshop is for rural communities (population ~6,000 and under) whose educators have already discovered the joy of Making and who are looking for meaningful ways to integrate a Making approach into their programs and classrooms. This is an opportunity for your organization to bring educators together and set a course for 21st century learning at the community level. Our Idaho-based facilitation team will inspire you with innovative new tools, cutting-edge approaches to learning, and strategies for developing sustainable programs that foster STEM learning and 21st century skills. A lead organization will apply for this grant, but must collaborate with other community organizations such as schools, libraries, out-of-school learning organizations, and other educational institutions and obtain their commitment to participate in the entire project. Due to the unique and comprehensive nature of this project, you are encouraged to contact Jeff or Francesca - the lead facilitators - about the requirements and the overall project. Francesca Bessey: francesca.salmonmakers@gmail.com and/or Jeff salmonlibrary1@gmail.com will be happy to answer your questions, determine if this is a good fit for your community, and guide you through the application process. DETAILS: This grant supports a multi-month project, starting with the implementation of a two-day STEM professional development workshop for K-12 educators, including teachers, librarians, daycare providers and out-of-school program staff. Organizations selected for this opportunity will receive the following as part of their award:
  • $10,000 for the following:
    • $1,500 to support the two-day workshop including costs for food, supplies, copies, marketing etc…
    • $3,000 to purchase new STEM equipment for the lead organization
    • $5,000 to distribute to partner organizations ($1,000/each up to five) that participates in the workshop and who completes a making-based STEM activity at their site (if additional organizations participate, additional $1,000/organization will be provided by STEM AC to Lead Organization)
  • Curriculum and materials for all workshop modules
  • Professional facilitation of all workshop modules
  • Tailored promotional materials including fliers and social media
  • Pre- and post-workshop documentation including registration and assessment forms
  • Workshop planning and recruitment support
  • Facilitation of three (3) digital meetups for participants following the workshop to provide opportunities for extended learning and community building
REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION AS LEAD ORGANIZATION:
  • Recruit partner community organizations for participation in project
  • Make all arrangements for 2-day workshop in including location, food, and supplies (with assistance from facilitation team)
  • Attend two-day workshop
  • Complete all pre- and post-workshop surveys and evaluations from STEM AC
  • Attend all digital meetups as scheduled
  • Complete making-based STEM activity at your organization
  • Oversee partner organizations and distribute funds to those who meet requirements
  • Complete final report
RUBRIC: HERE TIMELINE: Lead organization will work with the STEM AC facilitation team to schedule the 2-day workshop and establish an overall time frame for the project based on the community’s needs. Application closes April 30, 2018 and grants awarded by May 15, 2018.
The Idaho STEM Action Center is excited to announce the Industry's Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM (INDEEDS) Awards! Educators were selected from both K-6th and 7th-12th grade categories. These Idaho educators with a strong commitment to going above and beyond in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) were chosen by industry leaders. EACH PARTICIPANT 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
Winners will be honored at the Idaho Technology Council's Hall of Fame Gala October 17, 2018. View the Scoring Rubric (https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-INDEEDS-Scoring-Rubric.pdf)
Idaho STEM Action Center is excited to sponsor the Code.org’s Professional Learning Program. We partnered with Idaho Digital Learning Academy to provide these professional development opportunities and applications are now open for CS Principles (high school) and CS Discoveries (middle school) professional development. If your district or school plans to offer these Computer Science courses in 2018-19, please encourage interested teachers to apply today! Code.org’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org’s CS Discoveries (middle school) or CS Principles (high school) courses. These programs are designed to prepare educators to provide high quality instruction based on the curriculum, tools and approach to students in their classrooms. Teachers who apply and are accepted to the program commit to:
  • Attending a five-day, in-person summer workshop
  • Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops (normally on Saturdays)
    • Two (2) days in the Fall
    • Two (2) days in the Spring
  • Engaging in 20 hours of on-line PD
  • Teaching the course during the 2018-19 school year
  • Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population
Dates: CS Discoveries
  • Boise- June 4-8 at Fort Boise
  • Idaho Falls- July 30-August 4 at CEI
  • CDA- August 13-17 (location TBD)
CS Principles
  • Boise- June 4-8 at Fort Boise
  • Idaho Falls- July 30-August 4 at CEI
  • CDA- August 13-17 (location TBD)
Overview: Each spring, the Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners proudly host three regional high school 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 national student science and engineering fairs, offering students the chance at $4 million in potential scholarships. 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. This training comes with a $1,000 educator stipend to support travel to the training and student projects. For more information, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov. Educators taking multiple projects to their regional fair may also qualify to receive up to $2,000 in additional funding to be used for participation in their regional Idaho Science and Engineering Fair, to purchase classroom materials for student projects and to return to their regional fair with at least three student projects in spring 2019. Funds can also be used for educator stipends and/or professional development credits. Dates:
  • North Idaho College (Coeur d’Alene): August 6-7
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello): August 9-10
  • Boise State University (Boise): August 13-14
Who can apply? Eligible educators will be teaching in a public high school (grades 9-12) during the 2018-2019 school year. Student project work: September 2018 to March 2019 Idaho Science and Engineering Fairs: -Western (Boise State University): TBD Spring 2019 -Eastern (Idaho State University): TBD Spring 2019 -Northern (North Idaho College): TBD Spring 2019
The Idaho STEM Action Center is funding the University of Idaho’s regional CS 112 Dual Credit trainings this summer. CS 112 meets the Idaho graduation requirements for senior math. Teachers receive training at no cost – and get an additional stipend. This workshop provides course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy, course philosophy and guidance on administrative responsibilities for delivering a dual credit class. Timeline and Dates: University of Idaho - Idaho Falls, June 11-15, 2018 University of Idaho Boise, June 18-22, 2018 University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, June 25-29, 2018 Space is limited. Learn more and reserve your spot at uidaho.edu/CS112
The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Created by the AP Chemistry Development Committee, the course curriculum is compatible with many Chemistry courses in colleges. WHO SHOULD APPLY? 8th-12th grade educators interested in teaching AP Chemistry. *Limited spots available* REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
  • Commit to attending the 4-day training.
  • Agree to participate in the 4-day training.
  • Complete any and all surveys and/or needs assessments administered through the project.
Note: Preference will be given to educators planning on teaching AP Chemistry within the next 3 years. TIMELINE: Training: July 30 - August 2 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM) We encourage you to view the scoring rubrics here STEM Action Center will pay the registration fee in addition to the travel stipend/support listed below. TRAVEL STIPENDS/SUPPORT: Educators attending the training will be provided a stipend to cover travel expenses including air, mileage, hotel and per diem. Stipends will be determined by the following guidelines: Traveling 0-35 miles = $0 Traveling 36-80 miles = $150 Traveling 81-249 miles = $500 Traveling 250+ miles = $750 These funds are meant to cover any and all travel expenses as well as meals not provided during the workshop. No further funding will be provided. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional) 2 credits will be offered through North Nazarene University for successfully completing the 4-day training. For more information, please contact Chris Taylor at chris.taylor@boiseschools.org. Educators are responsible for paying for credits. For questions on this application contact Crispin Gravatt at grants@stem.idaho.gov For questions on the training contact Chris Taylor at chris.taylor@boiseschools.org
This Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) course on the topic of matter prepares STEM educators to navigate shifts in teaching practices through phenomena-based professional learning that combines in-depth adult-level explorations with a focus on classroom practices, productive scientific discourse, literacy supports, and pedagogical reasoning. In the words of a participant last summer, “It was one of the densest and most informative PDs I have participated in. It was a content-rich (gold mine really), very well-organized science workshop.” This course is optimal for teachers in grades 5–12, as it takes a systems approach to understanding matter and its interactions in the world. As teachers grapple with their own conceptual understanding of core science concepts, they are explicitly supported in utilizing mathematical tools and representations, along with algebraic thinking, to analyze and interpret data (e.g., graphing, calculating slope, determining buoyant force). The teaching component of the course utilizes written teaching cases of practice and protocols to collaboratively examine student work and analyze instructional choices. The literacy component of the course focuses on supporting disciplinary reading and strategies for making sense of informational texts (e.g., reading data tables, mass-volume graphs, the periodic table). Many aspects of the course model classroom environments that build key learning and innovation skills (e.g., critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration), while provide opportunities to engage in productive scientific discourse. More information is available on the attached MSS Matter overview and at wested.org/mss TIMELINE: 5-day MSS training in Boise, Idaho (location TBD) Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 approximately 8:30-4 More information on Making Sense of SCIENCE: Educator Invitation -HERE; Course Overview HERE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION: * Commit to attending the 5-day training. * Complete any and all surveys and/or needs assessments administered through the project. PARTICIPATION STIPEND: $450 per educator will be provided as a stipend to attend the five day training. TRAVEL STIPENDS: Educators attending the training will be provided a stipend to cover travel expenses including air, mileage, hotel and per diem. Stipends will be determined by the following guidelines: Traveling 0-25 miles (one-way) = $0 Traveling 26-49 miles (one-way) = $250 Traveling 50-249 miles (one-way) = $1,000 Traveling 250+ miles (one-way) = $1,250 These funds are meant to cover any and all travel expenses as well as meals not provided during the workshop. No further funding will be provided. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator. SCORING RUBRIC HERE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional) 2 credits will be offered through Boise State University for successfully completing the 5-day workshop and all other course requirements as listed in the syllabus. Educators are responsible for paying for credits. SYLLABUS: HERE
This Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) Earth Systems course prepares STEM educators to navigate shifts in teaching practices through phenomena-based professional learning that combines in-depth adult-level explorations with a focus on classroom practices, productive scientific discourse, literacy supports, and pedagogical reasoning. In the words of a participant last summer, “It was exceptionally helpful to support cross-curricular needs, as well as supporting effective science instruction.” This course is optimal for teachers in grades 5–9, as it takes a systems approach to understanding dynamic interactions on Earth. As teachers grapple with their own conceptual understanding of the hydrosphere and geosphere, they are explicitly supported in developing, using and analyzing models that serve to deepen their understanding of the ways in which matter and energy flow through these systems. The teaching component of the course utilizes written teaching cases of practice and protocols to collaboratively examine student work in order to explore common misconceptions. Teachers also analyze instructional choices associated models that explain various phenomena involving water and rocks. The literacy component of the course focuses on supporting productive scientific conversations and productive classroom cultures as well as related literacy standards. Many aspects of the course model classroom environments that build key learning and innovation skills (e.g., critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration). COURSE OBJECTIVES: Educators will participate in a 3-day Teacher Course held during summer 2018 (in Boise, ID). Educators will submit a written reflection describing key learning from the professional learning including what they have taken away from the experience that informs their teaching practices. More information on Making Sense of SCIENCE: Educator Invitation -HERE ; Course Overview HERE SCORING RUBRIC HERE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
  • Commit to attending the 3-day training.
  • Complete any and all surveys and/or needs assessments administered through the project.
TIMELINE: 3-day MSS training in Boise, Idaho (location TBD) Dates: July 9 - 11, 2018 PARTICIPATION STIPEND: $270 per educator will be provided as a stipend to attend the three day training. TRAVEL STIPENDS: Educators attending the training will be provided a stipend to cover travel expenses including air, mileage, hotel and per diem. Stipends will be determined by the following guidelines: Traveling 0-25 miles (one-way) = $0 Traveling 26-49 miles (one-way) = $200 Traveling 50-249 miles (one-way) = $600 Traveling 250+ miles (one-way) = $750 These funds are meant to cover any and all travel expenses as well as meals not provided during the workshop. No further funding will be provided. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional) 1 credit will be offered through Boise State University for successfully completing the 3-day workshop and all other course requirements as listed in the syllabus. Educators are responsible for paying for credits. Click the syllabus below for the registration link and additional information. Syllabus: HERE
The Student Competition Travel Grant is available for student STEM competition teams associated with a publicly-funded organization or nonprofit. Up to $500 per student is available for in-state travel greater than 100 miles to qualifying competitions, and up to $1,000 per student for national travel. Teams may request up to $2,500. Eligibility: Publicly-funded educational organizations such as schools, libraries, after-school educational programs, educational nonprofits/community centers. The following programs receive separate funding to support competition travel from the STEM Action Center, and are ineligible for this opportunity:
  • Invent Idaho (Please contact Beth Brubaker at bethbr@inventidaho.com for more information.)
  • Idaho Science and Engineering Fairs
PD OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:  C-STEM aims to transform computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in educational settings. C-STEM will work with public middle and high school educators to integrate computer programming and robotics into STEM subjects through hands-on, personalized, and collaborative learning strategies. C-STEM’s 4-Day Workshop is designed to provide professional development for grade 6-12 teachers on the principles of robotics and computing and how to integrate them into STEM classes. Teachers learn computer programming, computational thinking, and problem-solving with coding using freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly. Teachers will learn specific teaching pedagogy and classroom implementation strategies for integrating computing and robotics activities into math, science and engineering curricula using the C-STEM integrated curriculum with interactive computing, programming, and robotics. Teachers will also learn physical computing using general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins with Raspberry Pi and Arduino, control of Linkbot and NXT/EV3 robots through Pi, and how to bring physical computing and free C-STEM resources into their classroom teaching of STEM, computer science, making, and robotics courses. Whether or not you have previous coding and robotics experience, you will enjoy the workshop enormously. VIEW RUBRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
  • Commit to attending and participate in the 1-week institute
  • Agree to attend and participate in five 1-hour follow-up sessions as scheduled post Institute
  • Must bring a laptop to the Institute training
  • Must have access to computer lab or a set of classroom computers (with the required software installed) daily. Preferred Windows or Mac computers (Chromebooks does not fully support use of all C-STEM tools).
  • Must plan to integrate C-STEM learning into learning curriculum next school year
  • Complete any and all surveys and/or needs assessments administered through the project
  • Prefer two teachers from the SAME school to apply as a team/duo(must be a math, science, technology, computer science or CTE teacher)
EACH PARTICIPANT RECEIVES:
  • Four Linkbots
  • 1 Lego Mindstorms EV3
  • 1 Raspberry Pi
  • 1 Arduino
  • Textbooks and software to implement coding, making and robotics in their classroom teaching
  • $300 stipend
DATE: June 11– 14, 2018, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 322 E. Front St., Boise, ID 83702: Classroom 156 ELIGIBILITY: To participate, a team of educators (SAME school) that teaches in a STEM or CTE discipline in Idaho public schools teaching grades 6-12 CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional) 2 credits will be offered through Boise State University for successfully completing the 1-week institute and subsequent required virtual meetings and all other course requirements as listed in the syllabus. Educators are responsible for paying for credits. View Syllabus For questions on this application contact Finia Dinh at finia.dinh@stem.idaho.gov For questions on the PD opportunity contact Harry Cheng at hhcheng@ucdavis.edu
PD OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION: Educurious will bring groups of educators together across Idaho and work with local Idaho school districts, partner with STEM industries and professionals to build a library of STEM problem to build project-based learning units. Educurious’ approach is content integration – both across the disciplines in science and across subject areas and begin with providing models of standards based STEM units that educators can adapt to local context and develop STEM projects. All work is aligned to standards and integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In these workshops, you will learn how to create or revise compelling and authentic STEM projects for your K-8 grade classrooms. Goals and Outcomes:
  • Learn and apply elements and design features of rigorous STEM project-based learning.
  • Construct or adapt a STEM project-based learning unit.
  • Access exemplary units to support your work and consider ways to involve local experts.
  • Apply content standards and 21st-century skills to project work.
  • Design rich learning experiences so all students have high levels of engaged learning.
WHO WAS ELIGIBLE? Formal educators currently teaching grades K-8 in public school settings. View RUBRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
  • Commit to attending and participate in one of the regional 3-day training
  • Agree to attend and participate in follow-up virtual meetings as scheduled
  • Must plan to integrate Educurious training into learning curriculum next school year
  • Complete any and all surveys and/or needs assessments administered through the project.
TIMELINE: 3-day training held regionally (applicants will choose one): Nampa: Columbia High School, June 19-21 Pocatello: Pocatello/Chubbuck District Office, June 26-28 Coeur d'Alene: CDA School District Office, July 31-August 2 CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional) 2 credits will be offered through Boise State University for successfully completing the 3-day workshop and subsequent required virtual meetings and all other course requirements as listed in the syllabus. Educators are responsible for paying for credits. View: Syllabus For questions on this application contact Finia Dinh at finia.dinh@stem.idaho.gov For questions on the PD opportunity contact Jane Chadsey at jchadsey@educurious.org or 206.402.4489
A Project-based learning STEM professional development workshop for current public K-8 principals, assistant principals, district administrators and instructional coaches. In this workshop, participants will learn how to lead, coach, and support educators in creating authentic STEM projects for their K-8 grade classrooms. REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
  • Commit to attending and participate in the 3-day training in Boise on April 16-18, 2018 at SpringHill Suites Marriott, 424 E Parkcenter Blvd. Boise, ID 83706
  • Agree to attend and participate in follow-up virtual meetings as scheduled
  • Agree to attend and participate in the 4-hour in person follow up session on November 3rd, 2018 (10am-2pm)
  • Plan to integrate and support STEM project-based learning into your school or educational setting
  • Complete any and all surveys and/or needs assessments administered through the project
PARTICIPATION STIPEND: $150 VISA gift card per participant will be provided as a stipend to attend the three day training in addition to the travel stipends/support listed below. TRAVEL STIPENDS/SUPPORT: Educators attending the training will be provided a stipend to cover travel expenses including air, mileage, hotel and per diem. Stipends will be determined by the following guidelines: Traveling 0-25 miles = $0 Traveling 26-49 miles = $150 Traveling 50-249 miles = $500 Traveling 250+ miles = $750 *These funds are meant to cover any and all travel expenses as well as meals not provided during the workshop. No further funding will be provided. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator from your school address to 424 E. Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, Id 83706. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional) 2 credits will be offered through Boise State University for successfully completing the 3-day workshop and subsequent required virtual meetings and all other course requirements as listed in the syllabus. Educators are responsible for paying for credits ($120). Registration link will be up by March 30th, 2018. View our scoring Rubrics View the PD Syllabus
INSTRUCTIONS: This year i-STEM will have an application process. Please fill out the Contact Details and Application Details. Then fill out each i-STEM institute location section below. We will evaluate applications and in mid-March notify you. If you are informed of your acceptance into a strand, you will register and pay the registration fee at that time. TRAVEL: The following guidelines will be used to award travel funding. Travel funding is only available to educators associated with a publicly-funded educational institution or nonprofit, and is not guaranteed. Failure to participate in your selected i-STEM institute may result in a recall of funding. Travel to closest i-STEM institute 0-49 miles = $0 Travel to closest i-STEM institute 50+ miles = $500 INFORMATION: i-STEM is a four-day professional development institute for formal and informal educators. During i-STEM,participants attend a workshop strand, 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. Workshop strands are focused on high-quality, relevant, real-world, hands-on, and project-based opportunities for Idaho STEM educators. Participants receive professional development credits (see below) and leave with a kit of materials related to the strand workshop they attend. This year's theme is Bridging the Gap: Partnering, Collaborating and Mentoring in Our Digital Backyard! LOCATIONS: i-STEM institutes take place at six flagship Idaho locations during the last two weeks of June. To see what strands will be offered at each institute, visit stem.idaho.gov/istem and click on the school icons. You can also find more information about each of the institutes there. Institute Dates: North Idaho College June 18-21 Lewis Clark State College June 18-21 Idaho State University June 19-22 College of Eastern Idaho June 25-28 College of Southern Idaho June 25-28 College of Western Idaho June 26-29 REGISTRATION FEE: Registration fee for Idaho educators associated with a publicly-funded educational organization or nonprofit is $50. Registration fee for out-of-state educators, retired educators, homeschool and private educators, and others is $500. If selected to participate, you will receive further instructions on how to pay the registration fee. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS: An undergraduate professional development credit will be available for free and a second graduate level professional development credit will be possible for an additional $60 upon completion of an assignment (TBD). We encourage you to view the Scoring Rubric If you have questions, please contact us at istem@stem.idaho.gov or visit stem.idaho.gov/istem