TMC Educator Resources

TMC Labs Training

Learn how to use Think Make Create (TMC) Labs to teach STEM concepts through fun, hands-on, activities. Each lab is a mobile makerspace with a robust K-8 curriculum aligned to Idaho science standards and the materials to complete each activity. Labs are available to educators to use in their classrooms, afterschool programs, summer camps, community events, and more at little or no cost! Join us for one of these FREE 5-hour trainings, including lunch!

  • May 31, 9 am to 2:30 pm, Boys and Girls Club, Payette (Registration is now closed.  Email to inquire about attending.)

Classroom teachers can use this training as one learning experience for the professional development course EDOE53701 - Idaho Learning Adventures: Choose Your Own Path - Spring/Summer 2024 through NNU Center for Professional Development.

Goals of TMC Labs Training

TMC training participants will...

  • Gain confidence and competence as a STEM educator
  • Learn how to guide youth through science and engineering practices
  • Learn how to facilitate problem-solving through tinkering
  • Plan and prepare quality STEM activities
  • Access TMC and STEM resources
  • Connect with other STEM educators

TMC Labs Online Training

Online TMC Labs training compliments and expands upon our in-person training.

In order to access the online training, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the blue button below
  2. Create an account
  3. Search for the course “Ensuring Quality STEM"
  4. Enroll in the Idaho course
  5. Use “TMCID” as the keycode to enroll in the course.

TMC Labs Mini-Grants

TMC host organizations are eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $1,000 to cover the costs of restocking and maintaining their TMC Labs. TMC Hosts must be up to date on user report submissions to qualify for mini-grants.  Applications will be considered monthly on a rolling basis.

Idaho STEM Ecosystem Grants

We strongly encourage all TMC Lab hosts and other STEM programs to apply for the Idaho STEM Ecosystem regional grants of up to $5,000.  These grants will be available during the school year and applications are considered four times each year.  Click HERE to learn more.





Please return completed forms to or enter in the online report.

Lapwai, ID: A young "maker" enjoys TMC activities

Lending your TMC Lab to Community Members

Download these resources, tailor them to your specific needs, and use them to lend your TMC Lab to community members.  You are not required to use these resources; they are here to help you develop your own lending processes.

Contact Amy Post ( for a copy of the "Lab Lending Form."  You can use this form to receive community requests to borrow your TMC Lab.  See example below.

Tracking your TMC Lab use

Use these internal forms to help you track your TMC Lab use.  These forms are not a replacement for submitting user reports; complete user reports at least quarterly at this LINK.

TMC Lab Inventory

Use these forms to take and track materials inventory of your TMC Lab.

Print on Avery 5164 labels.

Stocking List Index:

  • Tab 1: Stocking List Index
  • Tab 2: Stocking List for Labs 1-25
  • Tab 3: Stocking List for Labs 26-28
  • Tab 4: Materials by activity
  • Tab 5: Stocking items in alphabetical order
  • Tab 6: Items to collect
  • Tab 7: New items for 2023
  • Tab 8: TMC Extras (additional items)
  • Tab 9: Bring inside in winter