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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

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 Open Opportunities

ATTENTION: Career STEM Awareness Event Grant application deadline has been extended to March 5th, 2017

About This Grant:

The STEM Career Awareness Grant is available to 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. Up to $1,000 will be provided to successful applicants.


Successful grant applications will address the following:
  • Depth of career exposure
  • Number of careers represented
  • Overall student impact
  • Industry/professional relationships
  • Face-to-face/hands-on experiences
  • Creative & original approach
Please note that funding is not available for the following:
  • Speakers & related fees
  • Overhead/indirect costs
  • Payments to industry for attendance

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

Grant Process Dates:

Applications will be reviewed by independent Idaho evaluators after the closing date of March 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm MST. Awards will be announced on March 27, and funds will be disbursed within approximately 2 weeks of receipt of your signed MOU. The event must be completed by November 18, 2017 and final reports will be due to the STEM Action Center by December 30, 2017.

Grant Scoring Rubric

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.

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 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 the five-day, in-person summer workshop (CSD will be in Phoenix July 16 -21 and 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 close on March 17, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the CS Discoveries and CS Principles pages.

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 6, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, click here.

 Upcoming Opportunities

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.

For more information on the project click HERE.

Review the syllabus HERE.

Application Opening: March 3, 2017; Deadline to Apply: April 3, 2017.


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 teachers learn how to better integrate English language arts, history, and social studies into their science classes, making science more meaningful to the students. 

For more information on the project click HERE.

Review the syllabus HERE.

Application Opening: March 6, 2017; Deadline to Apply: April 7, 2017.

Are you interested in integrating Drones into your educational setting? Then this is the opportunity for you! The Discover Drone Education package provides students with a highly effective educational pedagogy that delivers distinct student experiences.  Both formal and informal learning environments provide a great platform for Drone Education. This includes public schools, afterschool programs, libraries and other educational organizations. Each Discover Drones kit is designed to support groups of up to 25 students and includes licenses, software and controllers sufficient to support this number.

Application Opening: March 10, 2017; Deadline to Apply: April 16, 2017.

 Applications Under Review

 Recently Awarded Grants

About This Grant:

The Family STEM Awareness Event Grant is designed to support a publicly-funded organization wishing to host a STEM event for families in their community. 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. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to those organizations selected.

Grant Process Dates:

  • Applications will be reviewed after the closing date of February 12, 2017, midnight MT.
  • Awards will be announced on March 7th and applicants will receive their award within approximately 2 weeks of submitted agreement.
  • The event must be completed by November 18, 2017 and final reports will be due to the STEM Action Center by December 30, 2017.

Grant Scoring Rubric

More information coming soon!

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

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Date: February 11, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am-5:30pm (lunch will be provided)
  • Location: Pocatello, ID (TBD)

The Idaho STEM Action Center and Oracle Academy are pleased to offer a free Alice workshop to K-12 public school educators who are currently teaching and are interested in introducing computer science concepts to their students.
This workshop is designed for educators with little or no programming experience. It teaches basic Java programming concepts through developing 3-D Animations in Alice 3.1. Educators will create animated stories and games using objects and characters from a rich gallery of 3-D models. Educators will also receive the workshop curriculum and ongoing support to use in their classroom.
Space is limited; for more information or to apply, visit our Community Grants Portal now. If you are accepted for this course, you will be given instruction on how to register for the Oracle Academy and to enroll in training.