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i-STEM 2019 Strand Instructors Needed!

Want to share your STEMazing knowledge with Idaho educators? Apply to be a strand instructor at i-STEM 2019! We are looking for passionate leaders to teach 4-day strands (workshops) at the i-STEM institutes. Institutes take place the last two weeks of June at six locations across the state. Apply Here to be an i-STEM 2019 Strand Provider. The application will be open Friday, October 5 through December 1, 2018. Lead strand instructors will receive a $1500 stipend and assistant strand instructors will receive $500.

What is i-STEM? i-STEM is a summer professional development opportunity for formal and informal Idaho educators. During four days, participants attend a strand, participate in general sessions, hear from keynote speakers and network with their peers. Strand instruction is focused on hands-on, project-based learning with content that focuses on local topics of interest. Each participant receives a kit of instructional material so that they can implement what they have learned in their teaching environments. This year’s i-STEM theme is Project Based Learning with an emphasis on providing support for the new science standards. Look for the application to attend i-STEM in February, 2019.

2019 i-STEM Institutes

  • June 17-20: North Idaho College & Lewis Clark State College
  • June 18-21: Idaho State University
  • June 24-27: College of Southern Idaho & College of Eastern Idaho
  • June 25-28: Treasure Valley i-STEM at College of Western Idaho

Being an i-STEM strand instructor involves:

  1. Provide ~20 hours of instruction time across 4 days. Strand instruction should be hands-on, project-based and tie to real world applications.
  2. Create a budget and purchase kits ($200/kit) for participants so that they can implement what you have taught them into their own teaching environments.
  3. You are encouraged to plan a field trip to a local business or industry partner to demonstrate the real world applicability of your strand content.
  4. Attend mandatory training day Friday, February 22, 2019 and participate in follow-up training conference calls (Dates/Times TBA).
  5. Provide a final report and receipts.
  6. Review participant applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Email

How to apply to be a strand instructor:

  1. Create an account in STEM AC’s Community Grants Portal (
  2. Fill out the i-STEM 2019 Strand Provider application. Make sure to download the budget template, fill it in with your estimated kit materials, and upload to your application. Also download the strand agenda template, fill it in, and upload to your application.
  3. Applications will be reviewed December 2, 2018 through January 4, 2019.
  4. If accepted, confirm your participation by January 27, 2019.

For a recorded Webinar on being an i-STEM Strand Instructor and how to apply, please click the link below.

Webinar: Being an i-STEM Strand Instructor and How to Apply

i-STEM Libraries

You can check out amazing resources and materials to support STEM education. Please contact the individuals below for information on checking items out of your local i-STEM library.


College of Western Idaho
Emiko Quintana
See what’s in the library HERE

College of Southern Idaho
John Hughes
See what’s in the library HERE


College of Eastern Idaho
Frankie Adams

Idaho State University
Chris Guthrie

Lewis-Clark State College
Ken Wareham

North Idaho College
Gail Ballard

2018 Professional Development Credits

Assignment for 1st Professional Development Credit

Attend i-STEM Institute and Register on Mentorship Portal

i-STEM participants will receive one paid i-STEM undergraduate professional development credit from the College of Southern Idaho. To receive this credit participants will fill out a registration form during the institute and complete the following assignment.

Contact: John Hughes, CSI -; 208-732-6549.

Participants must:

  1. Attend all 4 days of the strand and institute.
  2. Complete the post-institute survey via the Community Grants Portal (
  3. Complete the registration process for Mentorship Portal (

Assignment for 2nd Professional Development Credit

Engage with Mentors

i-STEM participants will have the opportunity to purchase ($60) a graduate professional development credit from Boise State University upon completion an assignment throughout the 2018-19 school year. A link to register for this credit and more information is available in the syllabus linked below.

Contact: Kaitlin Maguire, STEM AC –; 208-332-1729.

Participants must:

  1. Complete the registration process for the Mentorship Platform.
  2. Engage in mentorship activities via the Mentorship Platform in one of two ways:
    a) Identify at least one student-led project that would benefit from mentorship support, assist student with registration into the Mentorship Platform, and monitor the progress of the project in the platform. (10 hrs)
    b) Find at least two mentors in the Mentorship Platform or the community and set up visits with these mentors and a student group (either virtually or in person). (10 hrs)
  3. Create a lesson plan in which there is mentorship engagement. (3 hrs)
  4. Submit a final report via the Community Grants Portal (3 hrs) ( answering questions about their experience engaging with the mentorship platform, connecting mentors and students, and student experiences working with a mentor, highlighting best practices, lessons learned and ways they will engage with mentors moving forward.

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