STEM award goes to INL program coordinator


Idaho National Laboratory i-STEM coordinator Anne Seifert has been honored for providing professional development to more than 1,750 Idaho teachers through the program.

Seifert and Boise State University professor Louis Nadelson received the STEM Professional Development Leadership Award from the International Association for STEM leaders at the end of April, according to a news release.

"This has been the work of many people. (We) have a wonderful team that includes people from K-12, state government, higher education and business and industry," Nadelson said in the release.

The i-STEM program is a coordinated statewide effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education and Idaho National Laboratory to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in grades K-12. It holds summer teacher workshops statewide to help Idaho's educators learn activities to increase student interest and achievement in technical subjects.

Specifically, i-STEM focuses on inquiry-based problem-solving and inquiry-based learning on Idaho-related topics, including state industries.

The program also focuses on providing other educational resources for STEM educators.

"A major goal of i-STEM is outreach beyond trainings and making resources available for teachers throughout the year," Seifert said last summer. "If we can be there in the background to provide tools, resources and support, we want to do that."

Idaho National Laboratory Reporter Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.