On The Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 6, 2019
  • Boise Rotary to host Peace Institute summit.
  • Oregon and Washington vote to expand daylight saving.
  • Engineering for Kids extends STEM education beyond the classroom.
  • American Lung Association's 2019 State of the Air ranks Idaho.

- Rotary International provides global professionals with the opportunity to study at one of six Peace Centers located around the world. This year, Rotary International District 5400 in Boise will host its first ever Peace Conference with Rotary Peace Fellows in attendance. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we talk with Ashley Orme about the conference.

- The state legislatures in Washington and Oregon are working on bills that would expand daylight saving to 12 months. The agrarian tradition of changing our clocks twice a year has its roots in the early 20th century and was codified by Congress in 1966. Idaho Matters speaks with Coeur d'Alene Press reporter Craig Northrup and Idaho State Senator Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens about the impact passage of these bills could have on Idaho's cross-border commerce.

- Discussions about improving STEM education usually revolve around the classroom. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we look at an effort to extend that education beyond the classroom, and to make it fun for kids. Engineering for Kids develops classes, workshops and camps for franchisees in 33 countries that let kids enjoy themselves while learning after school, during breaks and even at birthday parties. We talk with Leslie Buch, co-owner and program director of Engineering for Kids Metro Boise about keeping STEM education cool after school.

- The American Lung Association has released its 2019 State of the Air report and it ranks Idaho near the bottom. This is primarily attributed to airborne particulate matter produced by wildfires. Heather Kimmel, Director of Health Promotions with the American Lung Association's Western Division joins Idaho Matters to break down the findings of the report.