Idaho STEM Action Center spent $171,000 on summer activities

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on August 14, 2017

It’s been a busy summer for the Idaho STEM Action Center staff. The team of four have been around the state providing professional development for educators, awarding summer camp scholarships to students and preparing for the solar eclipse.

“The action center is having an impact on students and educators,” said Erica Compton, the program manager at the Idaho STEM Action Center. “We didn’t realize the high need for camp scholarships.”

The action center spent $171,197 on scholarships since April and $401,467 in fiscal year 2017. The action center opened in 2015, as a clearinghouse to support programs and teacher training in the “STEM” disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.

Scholarships awarded for summer professional development:

Scholarships awarded for student and educator camps:

The center also purchased 6,000 solar eclipse glasses to handout at the Western Idaho Fair on Aug. 18. Entry is free from 12-2 p.m. You can pickup your glasses while participating in STEM day at the fair where kids can operate robots, build with LEGOs and explore virtual reality.