Idaho STEM Virtual Roundtable Part II

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There is no video recording of this roundtable held on April 12, 2006. However, see below for a review of what was discussed.

STEM Action Center reported legislative highlights:

·        STEM Action Center has tax credit status!  Donations help support boost STEM across the state from helping students travel and  engaging them in a variety of STEM programs and education, training and professional development for educators,  and supporting events that promote STEM in general (recently the FRC Regional Championship and soon to come, statewide Science Fair)

·        $2 million to help support Computer Science and professional development!

Update on STEM grants that are in the works:

·        A collaborative effort to pursue “NSF INCLUDES” grant funding, headed by Boise State University- Proposal Deadline 4/13/16

·        A 12 member coalition came together to apply for a grant for FIRST robotic funding (grant was submitted 4/11/16), from FIRST Lego league to FIRST Robotic Challenge. Funding will be used to expand the programming to girls, minorities, economically disadvantaged and rural students across Idaho. Stay posted, notifications for this award will be announced 5/27/16.

Spread the word!:

·        e-Day and e-Girls @ Boise State University: http://coen.boisestate.edu/k-12/summer-programs/

·        Zero Robotics available to any site that serves middle school students:http://idahoafterschool.org/zero-robotics-2016/

·        Girl Scouts of Silver Sage and Challenge Island are looking for STEM partners across Idaho.

o   Challenge Island mostly in Treasure Valley, but willing to go statewide – Contact TylerSchlagenhauf, boise@challenge-island.com

o   Girl Scouts looking for Eastern Idaho partners to help bring a variety of STEM activities and resources to their members in that part of the state. Contact, Traci Swift, tswift@girlscouts-ssc.org

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