Rigs & Gigs along with other Events in January Update of STEM happenings around the state

Have you heard about FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) competitions for 9-14 year olds?  This is usually an after-school activity where teams build and program small robots for specific challenges.  Read about Kellie Taylor’s experience as a first year FLL coach from West Ada School District at Elementary Engineering blogspot and check out Idaho ROKS at University of Idaho for statewide competition details as well as information for other age levels.

The Idaho National Lab gave out big grants for STEM programs and equipment in Idaho Falls and Bonneville school districts.  Educator jumps for joy after STEM grant announcement  Bonneville district will use their grant to fund equipment for its “Future Technologies for Future Jobs Project” to teach robotics and programming skills for the middle grades.  Idaho Falls is spreading its grant to several schools including providing more lab equipment for physics classes and a video production lab at a magnet school.

Hour of Code barnstormed thru Idaho during December with over 200 events listed at schools and elsewhere in communities across the state.  Some events were as simple as having library computers dedicated to the Hour of Code site for the week but over 80 schools decided to go to the max and did “whole-school” events where every student got a chance to participate with the help of community and business volunteers who led many of the lessons. Twin Fall high school kids Magic Valley News attended two assemblies presented by students from their programming classes on Monday and followed up later that week with hands on lessons.       KMVT TV Video 

Sampling of Upcoming Events

January 27: The Dennis Technical Education Center will host its annual Rigs and Gigs Event from 8:20 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Ninth grade students from across the Boise District have been invited to interact with professional-technical program areas that they can enroll in for their sophomore year.  The center will also host an Open House January 29 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise, for current and future students and their families. All students interested in professional-technical programs are encouraged to attend. Click here for more information.

February 2-4: Many teachers will be attending the Idaho Educational Technology Association (IETA) Conference to learn about new technology, software programs, and websites that are being used throughout Idaho to enhance student learning.

February 7: The annual free family STEM Exploration Day at Boise State University will be held on Saturday Feburary 7, 2015 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Make sure to click on the drop down links on the web page to get an idea of the large variety of activities.  Most activities are suitable for Kindergarten on up.  This is hosted by the College of Engineering and they are also putting together a list of activities most suited to Junior High and High School students.

February 27 & 28: Boise location – Project WILD workshops are 15 hours in length. They are held at various locations throughout the state. Participants become very involved in learning about wildlife and wildlife management concepts. Through a series of activities, educators learn fun and exciting ways to teach wildlife conservation in the classroom.

For more events find the age level desired at the Idaho STEM Pipeline then click into your region and you can find programs etc by time of year offered.


POTUS Visits Idaho

President Obama tours New Product Development Lab in the Micron Engineering Center at Boise State University

Budding mechanical engineers get hands-on learning in class projects and also work as technicians for local businesses. The lab can inexpensively build and test ideas using 3-D printers and other rapid prototyping tools.


The lab is “a really innovative program,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “You have a lot of students from Idaho getting the kinds of good engineering skills that will be critical to finding a good middle-class job, but also critical to ensuring that our nation has the kind of economy that produces things in an innovative way.

Idaho Statesman story



With Dean of the College of Engineering, Amy Moll

Stephanie Zepelin ‏@KTVBStephanie

“Did you go to engineering school?”-Amy Moll “No but I know this stuff I’m fascinated by this stuff.”-BO


STEM Idaho Contact

STEM Idaho is working on increasing social media exposure for all STEM programs in Idaho. If you haven’t already, please join us on our LinkedIn Group STEM Idaho Network for Education for more in-depth discussion of STEM programs and opportunities in Idaho. And visit our resource pages at www.stemidaho.org .

Bookmark our Twitter page @STEMIdaho to get a running overview and links to daily events around the state. Don’t like Twitter? Check out our Paper.li magazine which puts all of the links in our tweets in a nice readable format.   STrEaMing in Idaho It’s published once a week and keeps archives so you can go back in time easily.