Become a TMC Host

Idaho TMC Labs are looking for new partners in rural and/or underserved communities to lead STEAM learning in 2022. Your program may be eligible to become a Hosting Organization. Hosts provide the staffing to operate the labs, engage with youth and keep the labs re-supplied. Sponsorship from our private and public partners may be available. Details of these arrangements are explained below.

ION is now accepting applications from out-of-school programs interested in becoming TMC Hosting Organizations this spring or summer. If you are interested, please fill out the application below.



Return application form to Anna Almerico at: or apply online.

Host selections are made based on funding and community needs.

Roles and Responsibilities of Hosts

The TMC Labs are provided to selected host organizations at no upfront cost to use as part their own programs. Host organizations are responsible for covering all direct operating costs (including staffing). Hosts will be expected to use their lab to engage between 100 to 500 youth per year and submit quarterly reports on lab usage. Hosting Agreements will address specific usage expectations, service areas and general project requirements.

Information About Hosting

Hosts will be responsible for: 1) Setting up, cleaning and securing their lab, 2) Ordering and re-stocking materials (grants may be available), 3) Participating in online training and in-person events, 4) Participating in a Certified DOS observation of the program, and 6) Participating in a TMC LabsTM online community with other Hosting groups. 

Direct operating costs include staffing, new tires or tail- lights, and consumable supplies. Information on where to find donated materials and equipment will be shared between hosts on the TMC webpage. “Re-wrapping” if desired would also need to be paid by the host group. Drivers of vehicles pulling labs must provide auto liability coverage extending to the TMC lab. Host organizations are encouraged to fundraise to help cover costs, special tools, materials and supplies.

Each host group should have at least one Lead Educator as well as other professional users who will participate in a TMC Labs Community Forum. These users will be supported with online and in-person training events and help us collect evaluation information and improve the program. 

Hosts will be expected to submit quarterly reports using the TMC evaluation protocol. If a local host is not able to consistently utilize a lab, it could be reclaimed by ION and offered to another host. Over the course of hosting the lab, the host organization is expected to participate in the Dimensions of Success (DOS) observational program to support programmatic quality and professional development. 

Hosting Agreements will also address:

  • Training and other resources offered to hosts and users
  • Maintenance and restocking requirements for the lab
  • Evaluation criteria and process for return of the lab if needed
  • Insurance requirements for transporting a lab.


TMC Labs are owned and insured for theft or loss by the Idaho Out-of-School Network and/or University of Idaho Extension Service 4-H Youth Program. Organizations interested in purchasing a lab rather than operating under a hosting agreement are encouraged to contact ION director Anna Almerico.


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TMC Intellectual Property

Idaho TMC LabsTM Intellectual Property Policy

All materials, including but not limited to the activity guide, videos, lessons, and trainings developed under the Idaho TMC MOU Agreement will become the intellectual property of ION and UI as co-patent owners of TMC LabsTM in Idaho. All such, will be shared with partners with signed Hosting Agreements and all partners included in this MOU under “Project Leadership” at no charge for non-commercial use in perpetuity. No partner can share, publish, or release copies of any or all part of the educational materials without prior approval from ION and UI.

Hosting organizations will be supported with professional development opportunities through ION, University of Idaho Extension 4-H, and other members of the Idaho STEM Ecosystem. Scholarships for training programs, travel stipends and peer-to-peer support will be made available as they are developed.

Each lab will come equipped with a Lab Journal and/or “Geocache” for kids and adults to provide immediate feedback and share exciting experiences. Hosts and other professionals using the lab will be encouraged to evaluate each lab session. A standard evaluation form will be used by hosts to collect overall usage and demographic information.