Think, Make, Create Labs (TMC LabsTM)

TMC is a collaborative partnership of educational programs, agencies and private sponsors working together to deploy a fleet of mobile makerspace learning labs across Idaho. The project was developed in Nebraska and licensed for use in Idaho by the ION and the UI-Extension 4-H Youth Program.  In just one year, over 8,000 youth in rural and underserved Idaho communities will use the TMC labs and explore STEM careers. 

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TMC Pilot lab travels to train educators and is available to serve youth programs upon arrangement.
Lab #2:  This lab is operated by American Indian Services PREP program in Fort Hall, and built by Gooding High Skills USA and community members. The Lead Partner is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.  Lab #3: Serves the Twin Falls areas via the Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley. The lab was built by One Stone High School and the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.
Lab #4:  The Treasure Valley Family YMCA uses this lab at several locations. It was built by students at One Stone High School with assistance from Ridgvue High in Nampa and is sponsored by Micron Technology.  Lab #5: Serves the Nampa-Caldwell area and is operated by the Canyon County Extension 4-H program and the Sacajawea Community School.  Micron Technology is the Lead Partner.
Lab #6: The Boys and Girls Club in Payette is the host for this lab. Optum Health is the Lead Partner.  Lab #7: This lab is in box truck operated by Children’s’ Museum of Magic Valley rather than a trailer. Gooding High School Skills USA program assisted with the build. The Lead Sponsor is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.


Lab #8: This lab is hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Reservation Extension 4-H Youth program. The Lead Partner is Optum Health.  Lab #9: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley launched September, 2021. Lab #10:  Operated by UI Extension 4-H program in Lapwai, Orofino, Kamiah and other communities on the Nez Perce Reservation. The unit was built by Lewiston High School Skills USA and is sponsored by Optum. 
Lab #11: Built at Gizmo by a Million Girl Moonshot summer camp. Sponsored by STCU. Lab #12: The Bannock Country Extension 4-H program serves Pocatello and the Marsh Valley Schools and is sponsored by Sparklight. Lab #13: The East Bonner Ct Library launched this lab in September, 2021. Sponsored by STCU. 
Lab #14: GEAR Up Gooding serves all of the youth in Gooding Schools. The Lead Partner is Optum. Lab #15: Boundary County UI Extension, 4-H Youth Program deployed September 2021. Lab #16: Bear Lake County UI Extension, 4-H Youth Program deployed October 2021.

Idaho's New Think, Make, Create Labs

This is the first initiative of the Idaho STEM Ecosystem --  a network of educators and supporters of STEM education. TMC Labs are designed to facilitate hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math learning (STEAM).  Labs are provided at little or no cost to selected after-school programs, schools or other Hosting Organizations. TMC Hosting Organizations provide staff for the labs and keep them STEAMing ahead and exciting youth across Idaho.

Our Leadership Team:  University of Idaho Extension Services 4-H Youth Development program, the Idaho Out-of-School Network, Idaho STEM Action Center, Gizmo-CdA, the Idaho Division of Career and Technical Education and the Idaho Department of Education.

Our Business Partners: Optum Health, Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU), Sparklight, INL Battelle Energy Alliance, Micron Foundation and Trailers Plus are our lead sponsors in 2021.  For more information, download our flyer.

This program is managed as a strategic partnership between five agencies led by Idaho Out-of-School Network (ION) and the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Leadership program(UI). Leadership for the program is shared under a Memorandum of Understanding Idaho's pilot program will include 8 to 10 labs deployed across the state by summer of 2021. These pilot labs will be operated by the UI, ION and selected Hosting Organizations.


Collaboration in Motion

TMC Labs is a trademark of Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Nebraska After School Bells and is licensed to ION and UI for non-commercial educational purposes.


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The Idaho TMC Project goal is to improve STEM learning across the state. 

These mobile maker labs will be “pop up” hands-on activity centers tailored to the needs of targeted communities, and easily expanding for use in outdoor spaces, gymnasiums and arenas. Dozens of labs will be placed in communities across the state to provide robust, hands-on STEM activities.

Our Impacts:

  • Engage over 10,000 youth per year in STEM activities
  • Train hundreds of new or nontraditional STEM educators
  • Replicate effective STEM learning techniques across the state.
  • Help rural and underserved communities develop their technical skills and resources.

Access to STEM Learning


Professional Support


Work Force Development

Idaho's TMC mobile-maker labs are a flexible platform for STEAM learning inside a enclosed 7 ft X 14 ft utility trailer. It is designed to store and transport a world of STEAM wonders to Idaho's youth.

Welcome Aboard! The University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Program and ION are seeking more partners to help us spark a love of STEM education across Idaho.

Agencies, businesses and corporate supporters can help by donating materials, in-kind services, or direct financial support.

Partners contributing $20,000 or more will have their logos prominently displaced on labs, and included in promotional activities.

Sponsorships that can be matched by the Idaho STEM Action Center are especially valuable to our success. To qualify for matching funds, checks should be must be made out to the Idaho STEM AC or the Idaho STEM AC Foundation. Contact ION Director Anna Almerico for details.