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The Idaho State Constitution prevents the Idaho STEM Action Center from funding private and parochial organizations.

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

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.
Application Deadline: March 3rd at 11pm.

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.

Grantees will receive the following:

  • $2,575 for the drone package (to be paid to PCS; includes shipping)
  • Workshop Participation stipend of $160/workshop attendee 
  • Travel stipend to the closest training (based on mileage and to be determined) per workshop attendee

Regional Training Workshops: (Specific locations to be announced)
North Idaho: July 12-13
Treasure Valley: July 9-10
Southeast Idaho: July 16-17

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

Application Deadline: March 11, 2018

We encourage you to view the Scoring Rubric

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.

Regional Training Workshops:
N. Idaho-Hayden Library: April 21, 2018
Pocatello: May 19, 2018 (Specific location TBD)
Boise - Idaho Commission for Libraries: May 12, 2018
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING TO APPLY FOR & RECEIVE THIS GRANT.

Application Deadline: March 11, 2018

We encourage you to view the Scoring Rubric

 

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, afterschool 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

To apply, please download the Budget Template

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

**You will be required to conduct a short survey of participants before and during/after the event and submit copies of those surveys to the STEM Action Center. The STEM Action Center will provide a survey.​**

We encourage you to review the SCORING RUBRIC

To apply, please download the BUDGET TEMPLATE

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.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2018
Grants Maximum is $10,000. 

We encourage you to view the Scoring Rubric
To apply, please download the Budget Template

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 wishing to host an event focused on raising awareness about STEM education and career options. 39 organizations were awarded funding through this opportunity.

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/