Think, Make, Create Labs (TMC LabsTM)

We are 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 piloted in Nebraska and licensed for use by Idaho TMC Labs. It is supported by private businesses and community partners.  Because of this project, Idaho youth in rural and underserved communities have better access to quality STEAM learning and STEM career pathways. 



TMC Lab #1: The TMC Pilot lab was built at Gizmo-CdA in 2020. It is used statewide by the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development Program to train educators and after-school staff.  It is available for use by schools and youth programs upon arrangement.

TMC Lab #2:  This lab is hosted by the American Indian Services PREP program in Fort Hall, Idaho. It was built by youth in the PREP program with help from Gooding High Skills USA and Fort Hall community members. The lab is used by K-6 youth on the Shoshone-Bannock reservation. The TMC Lead Partner is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.

TMC Lab #3: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley serve the greater Twin Falls area. This lab was built with the assistance of One Stone High School in Boise.  The Lead Partner for TMC is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.

TMC Lab #4:  The Treasure Valley Family YMCA hosts Lab #4 in Caldwell and uses it at several YMCA locations. The build-out was led by students at One Stone High School in Boise with assistance from Ridgvue High in Nampa. The Lead Partner for this lab is Micron Technology.

TMC Lab #5: Two hosting organizations share this lab in the Nampa-Caldwell area - the Canyon County Extension 4-H program and the Sacajawea Community School. Students at One Stone High School in Boise led the build-out. Lab #5 is available for community events across Canyon County upon arrangement with the hosting organizations. Micron Technology is the Lead Partner for this lab.

TMC Lab #6: The Boys and Girls Club in Payette is the host for this lab. Optum Health is the Lead Partner.

TMC Lab #7: This lab is the first program of the new Children’s’ Museum of Magic Valley. This lab is set up inside a box truck (rather than a trailer like the other units).  Gooding High School Skills USA program assisted with preparation. The Lead Sponsor for this unit is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.

TMC Lab #8: This lab is hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Reservation Extension 4-H Youth program. The TMC Lead Partner for this lab is Optum Health.

TMC Lab #9: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley will be launching their TMC lab in September, 2021.

TMC Lab #10: Lapwai-based, UI Extension 4-H program also covers Orofino, Kamiah and other communities on the Nez Perce Reservation. The unit was built by Lewiston High School Skills USA and sponsored by Optum Health.

TMC Lab #11: This lab was built by a summer camp for middle-school girls at Gizmo-CdA. It is sponsored by the Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU) and will service communities across North Idaho.

TMC Lab #12: The Bannock Country Extension 4-H program will host this lab and serve youth in Pocatello and the Marsh Valley Schools. The TMC Lead Partner is Sparklight.

TMC Lab #13: The Bonner Ct Library in Sandpoint will host this lab in the fall of 2021. STCU will be the Lead Parrtner.

TMC Lab #14: GEAR Up Gooding will host this lab to serve all of the youth in Gooding Schools and beyond. The Lead Partner for this lab is Optum.

TMC Lab #15: Boundary County UI Extension, 4-H Youth Program will deploy this lab in the fall of 2021.

TMC Lab #16: Bear Lake County UI Extension, 4-H Youth Program will deploy this lab in the fall of 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.

Our Business Partners: Battelle Energy Alliance, Micron Foundation and additional business sponsors. 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 Action Center or the Idaho Stem Action Center. Contact ION Director Anna Almerico for details.