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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

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Eligibility: All not-for-profit and/or publicly-funded educational institutions who have signed up to be an Affiliate Maker Camp this summer.

Must apply to be an Affiliate Maker Camp 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.

Eligible to apply: Idaho Public Formal high school educators

**NOTE: This application is for supplemental travel funds for Idaho public high school educators attending one of the official University of Idaho’s Dual Credit training (Apply here). You must be accepted into the dual credit training in order to be awarded this grant, the Idaho STEM Action Center will help Idaho educators selected with travel funds (based on distance and funding). Our timing will be tight, so we encourage you to apply to this grant in tandem with the dual credit training. **

DEADLINE: June 1, 2017

Please apply by clicking “Login to Grants Portal” or “Create a New Account” on the top of the page.

Eligible to nominate: Idaho public schools serving grades K-12

The Idaho STEM Action Center is excited to announce the Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM (INDEEDS) Awards call for nominations!
Do you know a currently serving public school educator who goes above and beyond in STEM teaching? We’d love to hear their STEM-azing story!

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.

All nominations are encouraged. 

Scoring Rubric

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

Deadline to Apply: July 8, 2017

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

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

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017

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. To apply, please log into the Grants Portal.

Notification of acceptance: June 12, 2017

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): TBD
-Eastern (Idaho State University): March 16, 2018
-Northern (University of Idaho): TBD

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

We’re excited to announce that applications for’s Professional Learning Program for CS Principles (HS) and CS Discoveries (MS) are now open. If your school plans to offer these courses in 2017-18, please encourage interested teachers to apply today!’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long professional learning program for middle and high school educators who are interested in teaching’s Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and 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.

Exploring Computer Science is designed for teachers for 8th to 12th grade. The initial training will take place this summer June 6, 7 and 8 and there will be follow up trainings in Fall of 2017 (1) and Spring 2018 (2).

Teachers who apply and are accepted to the CSP program commit to:

  • Attending the five-day, in-person summer workshop (CSP will be in Boise June 19 – 23)
  • Attending four local one-day, in-person workshops throughout the school year (normally on Saturdays)
  • Engaging in 20 hours of on-line PD
  • Teaching the course during the 2017-18 school year
  • Supporting the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse group of students in the course, representative of the school’s overall student population

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply to the CSP course, visit CS Principles or to enroll in the ECS training, click here.

Eligibility: Public Formal high school educators

The Idaho STEM Action Center is proud to announce our partnership with University of Idaho Computer Science Department to bring educators Dual Credit CS 112 professional development workshop. High school teachers interested in teaching CS 112 Computational as a Dual Credit course through University of Idaho are encouraged to apply. This workshop is designed to provide discipline-specific training and orientation that includes the course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy, course philosophy and administrative responsibilities as a dual credit teacher. Dual credit CS 112 is a yearlong course that meets Idaho’s graduation requirement for senior math. To register click here.

*Additional Stipend available through the Idaho STEM Action Center this summer.

Deadline June 5, 2017

The Idaho STEM Action Center is very excited to announce our partnership with Raspberry Pi Foundation to bring a two-day hands-on course in digital making. Boise was selected to be one of four national training sites. The Picademy professional development training will teach educators how to use maker-friendly technology and cover a range of ways to use hardware such as Raspberry Pi in classrooms. Upon completion, attendees will become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join a network of Picademy graduates around the world. No experience with technology is required.

Applications close on June 16, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, click here.

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.

 Two-day workshop for formal and informal educators. Regional workshops to be held September 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

 Open for both formal and informal educators and organizations. Proposed opening of applications late May 2017.

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 Track): Fort Boise Middle School, June 12-14; Boise (Middle/HS Track): Fort Boise Middle School, June 12-14; Coeur d’Alene: Venue TBA, June 19-21; Twin Falls: Venue TBA, July 31-August 2; Pocatello: Venue TBA, 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.

Application Evaluated: May 1-8, 2017; Awards Announced:  May 9, 2017

C-STEM Center professional development training aims to transform computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in both formal and informal education 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 in a one week C-STEM Institute teacher training in Boise on July 17-21, 2017.

For more information about the training click here.

For CEU information and to review the syllabus click here.

Review Scoring Rubric here.

Application Evaluated: May 1-8, 2017; Awards Announced:  May 9, 2017

The AP Calculus AB course covers topics in areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. You’ll learn how to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and how to make connections among these representations. You will learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. Training is June 19-22, 2017


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: Informal and Formal Science educators who impact teachers of students grades 5-9

Are you passionate about advancing 5–9 science in your region? Do you want to help support teachers and transform education to increase student engagement and boost achievement? If so, we invite you to join the Idaho Leadership Cadre with the STEM Action Center and WestEd’s Making Sense of SCIENCE. Together we will help teachers transition to inspired and rigorous science learning, while increasing their integration of mathematics and literacy in the classroom. Five day training scheduled July 31-August 4 in Boise.

For more information on the project click Idaho_Regional Leaders_Invitation 170224.

Review Scoring Rubric here.

Review the syllabus MSS-Syllabus_FINAL TO BSU.

Applications Evaluated: April 17-21, 2017; Awards announced: April 28, 2017.

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.

The device grant funded devices that help the exploration of CS principles, coding, and STEM curriculum by outfitting educational environments with makerspaces, rapid-prototyping centers, and innovation labs and essential equipment, including Chromebooks, notebooks, tablets, and handheld devices. Students will use these devices to learn software-development tools, frameworks, and languages, such as App Inventor, Java, Python, and Scratch.

Totaling $248,895.03, the 33 CS device grants are the second round of awards the STEM Action Center has announced in fiscal year 2017, which began July 1, 2016.

Press Release

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