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The University of Idaho received a $1 million grant to fund 12 Native American doctoral students beginning in 2020. The grant is from the National Science Foundation, with the aim of getting more Native American students to earn their Ph.D in science, technology, engineering and math fields. We talk with the University of Idaho's dean of graduate studies about why the grant is important.

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Technology surrounds us everyday, and the demand for software engineers continues to grow. But women are significantly under-represented in STEM fields; according to a 2014 NPR report, less than 20% of the professionals in computer science were women. That's why the Boise Discovery Center has opened up a free coding camp for girls to learn the skill at an early age. We learn more on Idaho Matters.

 

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Learning to code is like learning how to speak and write a new language, and it's a good skill to have in the marketplace. According to code.org, 58% of all new jobs in Idaho are in computing. So learning to code will increase your child's odds of securing a lucrative STEM career. 

Join us for a conversation about a new program that will bring learning how to code into the K-12 system. On Idaho Matters are Peter Rissee, the Associate Dean of Extended Studies at Boise State University and Mark Woychick, the Director of Programs for the College of Innovation and Design. 

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The World Center for Birds of Prey is expanding with its new "Global Stem Classroom," that will connect students with biologists in the field. We visit with the Power Foundation and the Peregrine Fund, and Phoenix, a red-tailed hawk, drops by the Idaho Matters studio.

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.

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Seven-thousand STEM jobs went unfilled in Idaho in 2017 and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters we'll learn about efforts to fill those positions and prevent this employment gap in the future with Jake Overall of CodeWorks Boise, Nathan Muller of Zennify and student Caleb Adrien.

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The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was in Idaho Tuesday visiting the community of Wilder. The First Daughter was joined by Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the pair went to the small town west of Boise to see how technology was being integrated into the classroom, the visit drew both supporters and opponents of the president.

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The Physics Department at Boise State University wants to buy a digital planetarium to help teach kids about STEM. And they’re hoping to raise money to pay for the project.

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Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states. We talk with organizers of Idaho Science Olympiad about STEM education.

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Kevin Davenport has been covering science content for the Idaho Statesman this summer. He joins Idaho Matters to talk about algae blooms, bee colony collapse and a plague affecting humans and pets alike.

Get 'em While They're Young

Apr 24, 2018

Idaho is losing out on thousands of jobs and, as a result, millions in undeclared wages.  This could have a devastating impact on Idaho's workforce and economy if the trend isn't reversed.

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At an engineering and science festival in Boise in February, Jake Sadovich was showing children how to build a rocket ship.

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The Consumer Technology Association has put out an Innovation Scorecard for the last three years. The rankings are based on a mix of qualitative and quantitative factors.

Director of Policy Communications Izzy Santa says the point is to encourage some friendly competition among states, and give policy makers some ideas to improve their standing.

Students Animate Idaho Capitol At 'STEM Matters Day'

Jan 25, 2017
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Projects centering on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — took over the capitol rotunda in Boise Tuesday. From robots launching balls through a hoop to projects engineered out of Legos, the skills of tomorrow were on show by the students of today.

Among the displays at the event, one from the Wilder School District stands out. It focuses on an animation program that brings cartoons to the classroom. Jeff Dillon, superintendent of the Wilder School District and Wilder Elementary principal, explains the appeal to young students.

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Idaho students topped the national average in a 2015 standardized science test.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress tested fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders in science — and on Thursday morning, NAEP released state results for fourth and eighth grades. NAEP tests are not given in all schools in Idaho or elsewhere, but are instead administered to a sample of U.S. schools.

The Idaho highlights:

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A Boise State chemistry professor has been named the 2015 Idaho Professor of the Year by two national education organizations.

Susan Shadle is among 35 state winners and the 10th Boise State professor to claim the award, which is handed out by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

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The Discovery Center of Idaho wants more young people to get excited about science, technology, engineering and math – better known as STEM. To do that, the center has partnered with another Boise nonprofit, Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Center. The two groups are asking people in the community to sponsor 50 low-income families with memberships to the science center.

Mecale Causey is with the Discovery Center. She says the idea fits perfectly with their overall mission.

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This weekend, a group of hackers and computer programmers will meet in Boise for the annual Code Camp. For the first time, the event will feature a discussion about women in technology. Panelists will include Marianna Budnikova of MetaGeek, Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, and Boise State professor Carrie Semmelroth.

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President Barack Obama got an up-close look this week at some of the technology and business partnerships being created in Boise. During his speech at Boise State, Obama said the university's New Product Development Lab is putting the Treasure Valley on the "cutting edge of innovation" and is helping to build Idaho's economy. 

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The Boise State University sophomore who introduced President Barack Obama before his Wednesday speech was beaming ear-to-ear at the podium. Camille Eddy is studying mechanical engineering. When she learned she'd be introducing the president at Wednesday's event, she was understandably thrilled.

“That felt really great -- being up there on the stage -- being able to welcome him to our community was such an awesome honor," Eddy says.

Science Education In The Spotlight In Idaho

May 13, 2012
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A study called the Nation’s Report Card for science came out last week. Idaho students scored 14th nationally. At the same time education leaders from across the state met to discuss how to improve the state’s science education. Last week’s STEM Summit brought together, teachers, administrators, politicians, and business leaders from all over Idaho to talk about the future of science, technology, engineering and math education. Brenda Gardunia was one of the speakers. She’s a long time Boise teacher and is working for the National Science Foundation through an Albert Einstein Fellowship.