Idaho Think, Make, Create Labs Project (TMC LabsTM)

We are a collaborative partnership to increase access to STEAM learning in rural and underserved communities. The project was created by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and licensed for use in Idaho. Idaho TMC Labs project is supported by private entities, after-school programs and state agencies working together to operate a growing fleet of labs across the state. Because of this project, Idaho youth will have greater access to STEAM learning and STEM career pathways -- no matter where they live. 



TMC Lab #1: The TMC Pilot Trailer is owned by the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. It was built at Gizmo last September and is now being used by TMC staff and trainers and is available for use by youth groups across the state upon arrangement.

TMC Lab #2:  This lab will be in the final build-out stage by middle and secondary school students with the American Indian Services PREP program in Fort Hall.  Wood working and materials preparation was led by Gooding High Skills USA students. The lab will begin to be used by K-6 youth on the Shoshone-Bannock reservation in June.  The TMC Lead Partner for TMC lab #2 is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.

TMC Lab #3: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley will have a fully stocked TMC lab by launch day to serve the Twin Falls area. Wood working for the lab involved students at One Stone High School in Boise.  The Lead Partner for TMC lab #3 is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.

TMC Lab #4: The exterior graphic design for Lab #4 was done by Ridgevue High in Nampa. The interior build-out was led by students at One Stone High School in Boise. By launch date, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA will be trained and ready to take over operations from the TMC staff. Caldwell youth will be able to use the lab for the first time at the launch event. Micron Technology is the Lead Partner for this lab

TMC Lab #5: There are two hosting organizations planning to use this lab in the Nampa area, the Canyon County Extension 4-H program and the Sacajawea Community School. The students at One Stone High School in Boise led the full build-out. Lab #5 will be 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: This lab is being built with the Coeur d’Alene Reservation Extension 4-H program. The TMC Lead Partner for this lab is Optum Health.

TMC Lab #7: The Children’s’ Museum of Magic Valley has recently launched their first direct programming with the help of TMC labs. This lab is set up inside a box truck rather than a trailer.  Gooding High School Skills USA program assisted with woodworking and materials preparation. The TMC Lead Sponsor for this unit is the Idaho National Laboratory, Battelle Energy Partners.

TMC Lab #8: The Boys and Girls Club of Payette will receive their TMC lab on June 1st. The Lead Partner for this unit is Optum Health.

TMC Lab #9: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley will be stocking and using their TMC lab in early June. The trailer is currently under construction and the build-out will be conducted by Lewiston High Schools Skills USA.

TMC Lab #10: Lapwai-based UI Extension 4-H program – including Orofino, Kamiah and the Nez Perce Reservation – will begin using this lab in June. This unit will be built by Lewiston High School Skills USA and is also sponsored by Optum Health.

TMC Lab #11: This lab will be built at Gizmo CdA by youth participating in a summer program for middle-school girls. It is sponsored by Optum Health and will service communities across North Idaho.

TMC Lab #12: The Bannock Country Extension 4-H program will be hosting this lab and base operations out of Pocatello and the Marsh Valley Schools. The TMC Lead Partner is Sparklight.

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 $15,000 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.