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Bright Spots – STEM Highlights from Idaho Communities

Bright Spot: i-STEM
i-STEM Summer Institutes provide high quality, in-depth professional development to Idaho educators. In June 2022, the four-day institutes with workshops and general sessions were held in five locations throughout the state. (Click above image to download the pdf.)
Bright Spot: Externships
The Idaho STEM Action Center Educator Externship Program is a summer program that brings educators into the workplace of an Idaho employer for a 200-hour on-site learning experience. In addition to gaining valuable industry experience and awareness about in-demand careers, educators receive a $5,000 stipend and earn free professional development credit. . (Click above image to download the pdf.)
Bright Spot: INDEEDS
Each year Idaho STEM Action Center honors two outstanding Idaho educators who champion science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and connect students to industry leaders to mentor projects and provide invaluable career guidance. INDEEDS awards are given out at the Idaho Technology Council’s Hall of Fame Gala. Jessica LaPresta, math teacher at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, was the Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM (INDEEDS) Award winner in the 7-12th grade category. (Click above image to download the pdf.)
Bright Spot: Idaho State University and Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25
It is never too early to help students start thinking about career paths in STEM. PCSD25’s Lewis & Clark Elementary School hosted a career fair on March 11, 2022, for 100 5th grade students with great support from local businesses. (Click above image to download the pdf.)
Idaho STEM Action Center

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It’s in these subjects that students learn the skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration – skills that translate to success in many fields. The STEM Action Center is here to support this development and provide Idaho with the talent pipeline it needs for its economy to thrive. Idaho can generate a strong, STEM-competent and competitive workforce that will make us become a prime STEM business destination.


Industry participation is essential for success, and we’re here to help make that participation easier. We’ve created many ways for Idaho businesses to engage with STEM education. From mentoring and volunteering to donating and partnering, you can help move the economy forward by closing the gaps in Idaho’s workforce. Let us help you help Idaho!


To learn more about the STEM Action Center’s strategies, success stories, and positive impacts in your community, email:

Idaho STEM Action Center
802 W. Bannock St., Suite 900
Boise, Idaho 83702

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Meridian: Educator Builds Interest in Career & Technical Education

“What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?”

Educators Grow Through i-STEM Summer Institutes: Content Knowledge and Partnerships Flourish 

Children’s Museum of Idaho Pop-Up Mini Museum Encourages STEM Learning for Children Ages 4-9

Externships Strengthen Educator Understanding of Durable Skills Needed for Idaho Businesses

Externships Offer Insight on Career Technical Education Needs for Idaho Businesses

Student Innovation Yields Ideas for Humanitarian Relief

Jerome: Catching the STEM wave

3D Printing Projects Expand Students’ Engineering Skills – At Any Age

Missions from Moscow Launch Student STEM Explorations

Eagle: Galileo’s 21st Century Teaching Style

Engaging Kids in STEM Education Through Drones

Idaho Falls Paving the Way from Classroom to Career

Coeur d’Alene: Firsthand forestry knowledge benefits science education (2020 ISEF)

Astronaut Inspired Meridian

Idaho Falls STEM Gateway to the West

Coeur d’Alene: The New Code for Student Success

Idaho Student Researchers Shine in agriculture, technology, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences (2021 IDSEF)

Idaho Student Researchers Shine in agriculture, technology, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences (2020 ISEF)

Boise: Elementary Educator Ignites a Passion for STEM in Her Students

Orofino: Rural and Career Ready Through Drones Training

Emmett Excellence

Southside Elementary: STEM-azing Cocolalla

Top Student Innovation! Twin Falls and Salmon

Priest River Elementary: Ready, Set, Drones!

American Falls School District: Planting STEM, Growing Roots

STEM Power in Payette: Learning Leaders

Priest River Lamanna High School: STEaMazing West Bonner County

Bear Lake Middle School: Scores Rising with STEM Career Focus

Patricia Romanko Public Library: Envisioning a STEM Future

Emmett Middle School: Operation Ozobots: Closing gaps with a Broader Reach

Wonder Media Story Maker®: Pilot Project

Salmon Public Library: Building a STEM Identity and Making Thought Leaders

Glenns Ferry Public Library: Family STEM Awareness Event

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