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Open Grant Opportunities for Educators:

Wonder Media Story Maker Grant

  • Application Deadline: November 18, 2016
  • Who Can Apply: Current 4th, 5th, and 6th grade public school educators.
  • About: The Wonder Media Story Maker Grant will provide funding to districts to cover the costs of equipment, software, professional development, and web access to fully implement the program as a critical tool in their overall literacy plan.
  • Learn More Here

Idaho Science & Engineering Fair Student Project/Travel Grant

  • Application Deadline: December 16, 2016
  • Who Can Apply: High School Educators
  • About: The STEM Action Center is proud to sponsor regional high school science and engineering fairs for the 2016-2017 school year. If selected, the educator will receive up to $2,000 to support participation in their regional fair. Educators will use these funds to purchase classroom materials for student projects and to cover travel costs for the educator and students to attend their regional fair.
  • Learn More Here

Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs:

About Our Regional Fairs

The Idaho STEM Action Center is proud to sponsor regional high school science and engineering fairs for the 2016-2017 school year. Winners of these regional fairs will be eligible to compete in the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF is one of the premier national student science and engineering competitions. Idaho students will be able to work with their teacher to purchase materials necessary to participate in the competition. Educators and students will also have access to virtual mentors to support them on their projects. The top student projects at each local fair will have the opportunity to attend the national Intel ISEF in May 2017 and represent Idaho. All expenses for attendance at nationals will be covered by the Idaho STEM Action Center.


Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (WISEF)

February 18, 2017 @ Boise State University | Learn More

Northern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (NISEF)

March 4, 2017 @ The University of Idaho | Learn More

Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (EISEF)

March 11, 2017 @ Idaho State University | Learn More

How To Participate

  • COMPETE - Idaho high school students are encouraged to compete at their regional fair. As of November 15, we already have 88 students registered!
  • SPONSOR - Regional sponsorship opportunities are available and are a great way for businesses to directly support local STEM students.
  • VOLUNTEER - We are looking for volunteers to help us on-site during each regional fair.
  • JUDGE - All three regional fairs will need judges to review student projects.
  • MENTOR - Sign up to become a mentor to student competitors.

INDEEDS Award Winners Announced:

Melyssa Ferro and Sonia Galaviz

The Idaho STEM Action Center is honoring two teachers who champion science, technology, engineering and mathematics while connecting students with industry leaders to mentor projects and providing invaluable career guidance. Learn More

  • Media Coverage / Teacher Interviews: (view more videos on our YouTube Channel)


STEM News And Blog:

Volunteers Needed For Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11, 2016) is approaching and we are seeking industry professionals that are willing to visit a local classroom to support and participate in an "Hour of Code" with students. The Idaho STEM Action Center, Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, State Department of Education, Idaho Education Association, Idaho Digital Learning, and Idaho Technology Council support this event - and you should too!

STEM Is A State Of Mind:

I very much liked what Angela Hemingway wrote recently, that the working definition of STEM in Idaho is an integration of two (or more) STEM fields and is broad, encompassing not only the traditional STEM fields, but also health care...

Defining STEM – Critical, But Not As Easy As You Might Think:

As the term STEM has become more widely used, people can recite the words associated with the acronym: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. However, beyond this seemingly simple definition, various stakeholders often have significantly different conceptions of what STEM actually means in...

STEM Professional Development Grant Solicitation Opens

Applications under the STEM Action Center Professional Development Initiative are again being accepted to support outstanding inter-disciplinary STEM professional development opportunities for Idaho educators. The STEM Action Center is collaborating with Change the Equation (CTEq), to showcase Idaho programs in the CtEq STEMworks database.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Opens Northwest’s First Tribal Eagle Aviary:

The first tribal eagle aviary in the Northwest is opening on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, which will allow the tribe to keep captive bald and golden eagles and collect their feathers for ceremonial...

Tylar Hedrick, a 14-year-old Idaho student who grew up watching the Science Channel, is now giving advice to the country’s top scientists as the as the president’s new Kid Science Adviser. Read more from the Idaho Press Tribune here