Innovations

Three seed grants of $8k for innovation programs were awarded in February 2013 in Idaho communities. Four more seed grants of $15k were awarded in June 2013 and will support programs to be implemented by June 2014.

Summary of innovation programs:

U-Idaho Sponsors Video Contest to Promote STEM Among Lewiston Students
A University of Idaho-sponsored video contest will encourage Lewiston students to imagine their futures as scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians.
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U-Idaho Program to support Post Falls Parents helping Children with Math Homework
A University of Idaho program will help Post Falls parents crack the math books to gain confidence and assist their children in tackling homework assignments more methodically.
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U-Idaho Sponsors Summer Camp to Teach Head Start Students about STEM
A three-day summer camp in Jerome this June is designed to motivate 3- to 5-year-old Head Start students to get excited about science, math and technology.
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Dign'IT Camp Introduces Coeur d'Alene Girls to Coding
Middle school girls in the Coeur d’Alene area tried their hands at computer coding at the Dign’IT summer camp sponsored by the University of Idaho.
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Inspiring Students and Teachers With Water Science
With support from the UI-Micron STEM Education Research Initiative, Lakeland School District launched a multi-part program to inspire kids to study science and help teachers develop science-pedagogy skills.
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Making STEM Careers, Education accessible through Partners for Prosperity
To address the problem of high school students not associating STEM careers and jobs that pay a living wage, eastern Idaho-based nonprofit Partners for Prosperity created a public awareness campaign about STEM careers, their benefits and the education required to enter them.
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Virtual World Village Uses Global Problems to Teach STEM Skills
In Virtual World Village, students become global problem solvers while honing their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
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