Upcoming STEM Opportunities

By Scott Smith
STEM Coordinator
Idaho State Department of Education

STEM education is a relatively new movement in American Education designed to help teachers and their students understand how the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics impact their world and to prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow. In the STEM environment, less emphasis is placed on activities that demonstrate science content and a greater focus is placed on those activities that allow students to engage in real world problems and experiences through project-based, experiential learning activities that lead to higher level thinking. Learning in a STEM environment compels students to understand issues, distill problems, and comprehend processes that lead to innovative solutions. Here are some fantastic upcoming opportunities for students and teachers involved in STEM learning.

National Youth Science Camp

DEADLINE: February 15, 2013

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from each state and others from selected countries around the world.

The National Youth Science Camp is offered at NO COST to its participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. All educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge to the delegates.

The NYSC will be held at a facility located in the Monongahela National Forest near Bartow in the eastern mountain of West Virginia. Delegates must be able to attend the entire program, which runs from June 26, 2013 - July 20, 2013. Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation's premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities. The NYSC experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest, featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities. Delegates are required to participate in the camp program for its entirety, as the fast-paced activities and remote location make travel to and from the NYSC very difficult. More information is available online.

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Submit Application to:
Scott Smith, Science Coordinator
650 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83720

Idaho GIANTS: Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science

DEADLINE: February 27, 2013

The 13th annual Governor's Industry Awards for Notable Teaching in STEM (GIANTS) will recognize teachers who integrate real life applications of science and technology in their classrooms.

The GIANTS program was developed by the governor's office. It is sponsored by the Science and Technology Roundtable, which includes the Micron Foundation, Idaho Power Company, LCF Enterprises, URS, Idaho National Laboratory, and Hewlett-Packard. The Idaho State Department of Education, the Office of the State Board of Education, and the Discovery Center of Idaho also support the GIANTS program.

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Submit Application to:
Scott Smith, Science Coordinator
650 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83720

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Grades 7-12

DEADLINE: April 1, 2013

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science).The 2013 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades 7-12.

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