Printed on: June 15, 2013

Science, math teachers head to EITC


Area teachers interested in STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- will converge on Eastern Idaho Technical College next week.

They are among nearly 500 teachers across the state participating in i-STEM Institutes held at five different colleges over the next two weeks.

In addition to EITC, teachers will meet at North Idaho College, Idaho State University, College of Southern Idaho and University of Phoenix.

This is the fourth year for the institutes, but the first one held in Idaho Falls.

"We've added workshops so we can train as many educators as possible," said Anne Seifert, executive director of i-STEM and Idaho National Laboratory's K-12 education coordinator.

The Idaho STEM initiative is a partnership of educators, government agencies, organizations and private companies working to improve STEM education in the state. It is funded by a state Math and Science Partnership Grant, as well as industry supporters such as Battelle Energy Alliance, the contractor in charge of INL.

At each institute, teachers can attend workshops geared toward topics such as energy, robotics and the environment.

From Monday through Wednesday, the EITC Institute will offer workshops on earth and lunar science and energy usage and efficiency, among other things.

Educators also will attend general sessions to learn how to integrate STEM into all subject areas.

"One of the goals of the regional workshops is to help educators learn about the STEM resources in their backyard," Seifert said.

Idaho National Laboratory reporter Alex Stuckey can be reached at 542-6755.