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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.

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

Deadline to apply September 9, 2018

 

Opening August 1, 2018
STEM AC has funding available to sponsor events, conferences, projects, and other programs 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). Sponsorship applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Note that it can take up to 45 days to process the request and get the funds to you. Please plan your timeline accordingly.

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.

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)

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.

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

Take to the skies with mini drones! Housing a thrilling, hands-on aerial robotics platform, this is the perfect introduction to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In this indoor activity, safety is a priority as youth learn to fly in first-person view (FPV), exploring the real-world applications of drones. In Ready, Set, Drone! youth go through Droneology, the online drone education platform, master basic piloting skills, construct an obstacle course to fly through and stage a final race to showcase their cumulative knowledge. Putting critical thinking to the test, youth brainstorm ways drones could be used for good, sketching out their ideas for new and innovative drones and drone uses.

Eligibility: Formal and informal educators interested in establishing a drone program in their organizations and who serve youth in grades 4th through 6th.

Camp & Out-of-School Grants are available for current Idaho educational programs (schools, libraries, after-school/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 February and August 2018. Priority is given to camps serving underrepresented populations in STEM.

Eligibility: Publicly-funded educational organizations such as schools, libraries, afterschool educational programs, educational nonprofits/community centers.

We encourage you to view the Scoring Rubric

Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching (ASSET) will provide a two-day professional development workshop focused on Engineering Design Process w/ A World in Motion (AWIM) engineering unit. The "World in Motion" modules, developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) brings STEM education to life for students in K through 8. They incorporate integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning.

Each participant will receive one of the SAE engineering modules and teacher guides based on their grade level. (K-3: Rolling Things; 4-6: Gravity Cruiser; 6-8: Glider Challenge) The materials will be shipped to their schools/organizations and each module serves a group of 24-36 students based on the challenge.
You will also participate in 3 hours of virtual learning.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Educators will attend the two-day professional development workshop to:

  •  Understand and identify the benefits of engaging students in hands-on, minds-on activities
  • Investigate an engineering design process (EDP)
  • Explore the practices of science and engineering
  • Consider the inclusion of engineering design challenges to STEM education, including intentional teaching and design moves that promote students to engage in their learning in and outside of the classroom

SCORING RUBRIC HERE
TIMELINE:
Two regional trainings will be held:
Coeur d'Alene: April 16-17, 2018
Treasure Valley:  April 19-20, 2018

PARTICIPATION or SUBSTITUTE STIPEND: $160 ($80/day) per educator will be provided as a stipend to attend the two-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 and are meant to cover all expenses (no receipts required):
Traveling 0-25 miles (one-way) = $0
Traveling 26-49 miles (one-way) = $75
Traveling 50-249 miles (one-way) = $400
Traveling 250+ miles (one-way) = $600
These funds are meant to cover any and all expenses and no further funding will be provided. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: (optional)
1 credits will be offered through Boise State University for successfully completing the 2-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

Project Description:
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 through the use of 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 $600 (estimate)
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.

Grantees will receive the following:

  • ~$700 STEM toolkit
  • Travel stipend to the closest training per workshop attendee

Regional Training Workshops:
N. Idaho-Hayden Library: April 21, 2018
Pocatello: May 19, 2018 Marshall Public Library
Boise - Idaho Commission for Libraries: May 12, 2018

YOU  MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING TO APPLY FOR & RECEIVE THIS GRANT.

Travel - funding sent directly to School District, Library or educational organization from STEMAC
Regional workshops are being in order to keep travel to a minimum. You are required to attend the workshop closest to your organization. The STEM Action Center covers all costs of the professional development workshop including breakfast and lunch during the training. Travel stipends will be provided based on the following schedule and are intended to cover any and all costs of travel:
0-49 miles one-way: $0
50-100 miles one-way: $100
101-249 miles one-way: $200
250+ miles one-way: $300
(Use http://maps.randmcnally.com/mileage_calculator to calculate one-way mileage)
View RUBRIC.

Stars Credit Available: More information coming soon.

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.

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.

Northern Idaho College (NIC) = June 18-21

Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) = June 18-21

Idaho State University (ISU) = June 19-22

College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) = June 25-29

College of Southern Idaho (CSI) = June 25-29

College of Western Idaho (CWI) = June 26-29

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.

REQUIREMENTS:
Successful grant applications will address the following:
1) STEM Learning Need
2) Family and Community Engagement
3) Creative & Original Approach
4) Overall Impact
5) Volunteer Involvement

Eight communities throughout Idaho were selected to participate in the VR4ED Coding Pilot Program. This pilot project equips educational organizations with the materials they need to teach coding and computer science through the creation of virtual worlds. This program is a partnership with Blocksmith, Inc. and the Idaho Virtual Reality Council. Learn more here: https://idahovirtualreality.com/about/vr-4-ed-program/