research, tools, courses, and kits
K-12 Outreach Activities
The Department of Geosciences is eager to work with local teachers and classes to enhance Earth Science education in the K-12 community. , if you are looking for someone from the department to give a special presentation to your class, assist with developing classroom activities, serve as a science fair judge or advisor, speak at a career day, assist with Science Olympiads, etc.
A variety of materials have been produced within the geoscience department by faculty, staff, students and volunteers. These include field trip guides, lab activities, career resource materials, local geoscience content and related instruction materials. We expect the number and variety of items available for download on this site to increase each year. Please contact us with further specific classroom material requests and/or suggestions to improve our materials available.
Each summer the Micron Foundation hosts Chip Camp, a free three-day camp for students completing either the 7th or 8th grade. This camp focuses on hands-on science and engineering activities related to the semiconductor industry. Activities are lead led by Micron engineers and professionals and include a visit to Microns global headquarters in Boise, Idaho.
2018 Boise Chip Camp Dates:
Online Registration for Chip Camp 2018 will be available Monday, April 9, 2018. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. MT.
Each camp session is held Tuesday Thursday. Students are expected to attend all three days.
April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. For Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, engage your students in a variety of fun, educational and impactful learning opportunities! As afterschool programs, you are unique in your ability to reach and shape future leaders outside of the classroom. Earth Day Network has resources to support you as you host events that can foster discussion and design activities to help students understand and address environmental issues.
For example, hold citizen science data collection events that encourage your students to learn about environmental issues and connect them with lessons from school. Organize environmental-themed craft projects that allow them to channel their creativity or host cooking workshops where they can make sustainable recipes. Explore what species are local to your community and think of ways your students can help protect them. For more information about Earth Day and resources on things you can do, check out the Earth Day Network website. To be part of the movement your organization can Partner with Us (https://earthdaynetwork.formstack.com/forms/partnership_2020) or your school can Sign Up to be an Earth Day School (https://earthdaynetwork.formstack.com/forms/signup_earth_day_school)!
The on-site event includes various technical sessions led by Micron female mentors exploring a variety of technical career options with fun, hands-on learning activities.
Gizmo-CDA, Coeur d’ Alene’s non-profit makerspace, is a place where art, design, technology and tools are connected by the hands and minds of the people of this community. Its a place where creative play is done by everyone from K thru Gray. Tools you have always wanted are there
to give birth to the ideas that you have always had!
THINK BOLD be part of Gizmo-CDA and become a gizmologist!
The Idaho Out-of-School Network’s (ION) mission is to ensure Idaho’s youth have access to high quality out-of-school (OST) programs.
The research on OST programs reveals that youth consistently enrolled in quality programs perform better academically, have better school attendance, adapt better socially, are more likely to graduate from high school and go-on to higher learning. Research also reveals that they are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors that may lead to crime, substance abuse or teen parenthood. New studies are showing too that OST programs are helping close the achievement gap of students across income levels. ION is the only program of its kind in Idaho, though all 50 states have launched similar programs.
ION does not directly offer out-of-school programs; the focus is to advocate and promote the benefits of out-of-school programming, help connect families and youth to a program and support providers with resources and training to enrich and expand their programming and services.
The goal of the Upward Bound Math and Science program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees and ultimately careers, in math and science.
Program services include:
Summer programs with intensive math and science training
Opportunities for research experience with faculty members
Academic, financial, or personal counseling
Information on postsecondary education opportunities
Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
Shelley High School
Firth High School
Bonneville High School
Idaho Falls High School
The STEMAC is a state agency that provides support to publicly-funded Idaho schools and out-of-school learning organizations through grants, professional development opportunities, and student competitions. Visit stem.idaho.gov/apply for more information on our opportunities.