Industry's Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM Award (INDEEDS)


A coalition of Idaho's leading industries is proud to continue to partner with the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho State Board of Education to provide a statewide recognition that will reward Idaho teachers who are leading the way in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Formerly known as the GIANTS Award, Idaho is excited to introduce the new INDEEDS Award Program. INDEEDS – the Industry's Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM – Awards Program better reflects the critical role Idaho industry plays in identifying, recognizing and rewarding excellent STEM teachers across our great state.

INDEEDS is proudly sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Micron Foundation, Washington Division of URS, Hewlett-Packard Company, Idaho Power, and LCF Enterprises with support from Discovery Center of Idaho, Idaho State Department of Education, and Idaho State Board of Education.


The INDEEDS Award Program will recognize Idaho teachers who integrate the real-life application of science and technology into their classrooms. Specifically, we are looking for teachers who work to engage students in unique and innovative ways to demonstrate the tangible connections between the content taught in the classroom and its application in the larger world of science and technology. Examples might include: internships or the use of guest speakers. Special attention will be given to teachers connecting with business and industry.

INDEEDS Awardees will receive a cash prize, a grant for their school, and an all-expense-paid trip to Boise where they will be honored in front of Idaho's business and industry leaders at an awards banquet in October.

We are seeking nominations for this award, so please nominate a well-deserved teacher in your school or community today!

How Will INDEEDS Teachers Be Recognized?

Each INDEEDS Awardee will receive a $2,000 individual cash prize to recognize and reward his/her personal success. In addition, the recipient's schools will receive a $2,000 grant to expand STEM activities with the school and community. Through the INDEEDS Award, we hope to duplicate success across Idaho!

We also will recognize all INDEEDS Awardees at the Idaho Technology Council's Annual Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards Banquet in October.

How Do I Nominate a Teacher in My School?

The nomination process is easy! Ask your school principal to nominate a well-deserving teacher in your school or community for the INDEEDS Award. The nomination must include the following:

  1. A copy of the nominated teacher's resume that you are nominating. Each resume must include the following information:
    • Education background
    • Professional memberships
    • Student organizations
    • Special programs used in the classroom to enhance science learning
    • Curriculum, academic, or professional leadership roles
    • Resumes longer than two pages can detract from the competitiveness of the application.
  2. A letter of support from your school's principal. This letter should include or address:
    • A statement of support.
    • A description of how the teacher demonstrates real-world applications of science/technology in the classroom. Special attention will be given to teachers connecting with business and industry.
  3. At least one letter of recommendation from a student and/or parent.

Please submit completed documents for nominations with all three components via e-mail to the State Department of Education. Send specifically to Scott Smith, STEM Coordinator, at, no later than April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM MST.
* Disclaimer: If any portion of the application is incomplete, the nomination will be void.


If you have any questions as you prepare a teacher's nomination, please feel free to contact Scott Smith via e-mail at, or contact Marilyn Allen at or phone at (208) 332-6974.

We look forward to receiving nominations for the INDEEDS Award. This is the ideal way to recognize and reward the teachers who are making STEM education in Idaho relevant and exciting for students!