Idaho STEM Action Center

The Idaho STEM Action Center was created by House Bill 302 in 2015. Mission: Engineering innovative

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January is Radon Action Month! The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare invites students to get creative and raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas by participating in the 2024 Northwest Radon Poster Contest. Teachers can access curricular resources and lesson plans at the link below.

Idaho will award the 1st place winner $100, 2nd place winner $75, and 3rd place winner $50. A regional grand prize, worth $300, will be selected from the winning submissions. First-place posters from each state will be submitted to the 2025 National Radon Poster Contest. All participating students will learn about radon and how to reduce their risk of exposure.

Youth between the ages of 9 and 14 can learn more and submit their posters by February 28 at

2024 Northwest Radon Poster Contest | Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Nez Perce Tribe, Oregon Health Authority, Spokane Tribe of Indians, and Washington State Department of Health in collaboration with the Northwest Radon Coalition and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10. Contes...

Idaho STEM Externship Program - Idaho STEM Action Center 01/11/2024

It's finally here! We are accepting applications for the summer Externship Program!

Idaho teachers and college/career counselors like you are invited to apply for this work-based professional development experience. This program places you with an Idaho business for 200 hours of paid, hands-on experience in STEM fields. Students succeed from the value these relationships bring to your classroom practice- and have more fun learning how learning can lead to local jobs!

Learn more about this program and apply today at

Thank you to Micron Technology and Idaho Workforce Development Council for helping make this program possible.

Idaho STEM Externship Program - Idaho STEM Action Center The Idaho Educator Externship Program For Hosts Benefits Get 200 hours of professional-level work from an experienced educator Build awareness of your organization and your work needs with Idaho educators and students Make a difference for Idaho educators and students! In 2024, the $5000 stipend for...

Event Volunteers 12/18/2023

FIRST Idaho Robotics is seeking volunteers for the upcoming season! More than robots, FIRST gives students lasting inspiration and confidence to build a better future for themselves and their communities. Check out the times below and register to volunteer today!

FLL South State Championship
Saturday, January 13th, 2024
Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise
8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

FLL North State Championship
Saturday, January 20th, 2024
River City Middle School, Post Falls
8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

FTC State Championship
Saturday, February 17th, 2024
Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise
7:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

FRC Idaho Regional Competition
March 21st—24th, 2024
Ford Idaho Center, Nampa
7:20 a.m.—7:00 p.m.

Register to volunteer at

Learn more about FIRST Idaho at

Event Volunteers FIRST® hosts thousands of events around the globe annually. These events are made possible through the support of event volunteers who work alongside others who are passionate about the mission of FIRST to run seasonal events at the local, regional, and even international levels. As an event volunt...

Photos from Idaho STEM Action Center's post 12/12/2023

STEM AC staff are joining partners from across the region at the Advancing Semiconductor Technologies in the Northwest (ASTN) Summit!

Our colleagues from Idaho, Washington, and Oregon are gathered at Boise State University to leverage federal, regional, state, private and public institutions to develop a regional innovation ecosystem.

Learn more about this initiative at


Computer science icon Grace Hopper invented the COBOL programming language and was part of the team that developed the UNIVAC I computer. We honor Grace's work every year during , which is always set the week of her birthday — Dec. 9! 🎉

Computer Science Education Week 2023 Proclamation 12/05/2023

Governor Brad Little has declared Dec. 4-10 Computer Science Education Week in Idaho!

To kick off the celebration, Lt. Governor Scott Bedke coded with students at Whittier Elementary School in Boise School District Monday. He was joined by volunteers and staff from Idaho Digital Learning Alliance,, Soñia Galaviz for Idaho, and Idaho STEM Action Center staff. Schools and organizations across the state are staging at least 70 Hour of Code events this week.

Learn more about and get ideas and resources so you can join the fun by visiting

Photos from Idaho STEM Action Center's post 12/05/2023

Thanks to SWISH - Southwest Idaho STEM Hub for partnering on an at Basin Elementary! Students, teachers, and volunteers across the state are loving . Keep sharing about the ways you are celebrating!


Calling Idaho teachers! Start Computer Science Education Week off right by joining CSTA Idaho! This chapter was built to connect you with other computer science teachers, provide professional development to help you improve your craft, and connect your local voice to the national computer science education community.

Idaho has a growing chapter and would love you to be part of it. Learn more and join today at


Let's turn the Gem State into the STEM State! With your donation, you support teacher professional development, student programming, and strategic partnerships with Idaho businesses, educators, community leaders, and more!

Give today at

12 Fun Thanksgiving STEM Activities - Create & Learn 11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving! While you're spending time with loved ones and waiting for a feast, check out some of these Turkey Day-themed STEM activities?

12 Fun Thanksgiving STEM Activities - Create & Learn Thanksgiving STEM activities are the perfect way to keep kids engaged in education throughout the holiday season. Not only are themed experiments more fun, but they also help learners develop valuable skills in engineering, science, math, and turkey. Ah, we


Calling all K-12 student space and science enthusiasts! NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration wants to hear where and how you’d explore space with the Power to Explore
Student Challenge. First, learn how Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) have enabled spacecraft to explore the farthest reaches of our solar system, then share (250-word limit) how you’d design an RPS-powered space mission to fulfill your space exploration dreams!

Enter here:

Photos from Idaho STEM Action Center's post 11/17/2023

This week, business leaders across Idaho recognized two outstanding teachers with the Sawtooth STEM Educator Awards! Congratulations to Misti Newby (Grace Joint School District) and Chad Maxton (Syringa Middle School)! Your work to inspire students' interest in STEM serves as an example for everyone to follow.

Thank you to our partners at Micron Technology, Idaho National Laboratory, and Tech CU for leading our industry selection panel, and Idaho Power and IBL Events for your additional support.

Photos from Idaho STEM Action Center's post 11/13/2023

Computer Science Education Week is coming soon! Prepare activities for your classroom for this year's celebration December 4th-10th.

Our partners at Learning Blade are here to help! Kickstart your CSEdWeek plans by attending their virtual training session on Thursday, November 30th, at 3:30 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to explore computer science lessons in Learning Blade and leave with specific things to do during the week!

Register today at #/registration


Happy ! STEM is everywhere- how are you using STEM today?

Brite 2024 Application Now Open | National Girls Collaborative Project 11/06/2023

Informal STEM education programs serving girls from historically excluded groups - this is for you!

Apply to participate in the Brite Program, which provides an online suite of activities centered around collaborative learning and engagement with diverse women role models for girls age 13-16.

Application closes on Dec. 15, 2023.

Brite 2024 Application Now Open | National Girls Collaborative Project BRITE Girls Online STEM Practices: Building Relevance and Identity to Transform Experiences is a Research in Service to Practice National Science Foundation Grant led by Florida State University, in partnership with NGCP and Smart Girls HQ. The project examines the STEM identity development of girls...

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