INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 21, 2016
Idaho educators, stakeholders encouraged to apply for INL STEM education grants
Applications are being accepted for three grant programs in support of excellence and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at Idaho National Laboratory. INL will accept proposals for the State-wide STEM Mini Grants, Southeast Idaho Extreme Classroom Makeover Grants and the East Idaho Ultimate STEM Grants from Nov. 21 through Jan. 6, 2017.
Funding for the grants comes from Battelle Energy Alliance, which operates INL for the U.S. Department of Energy. This year, INL is offering three types of STEM education grants:
- The INL Statewide STEM Mini Grants will provide funds to enhance public and private elementary, middle school and high school programs. Idaho teachers can apply for up to $500 to fund technology or lab equipment, material for special projects or professional development.
- The INL Southeast Idaho Classroom Makeover STEM Grant will provide funding to an Idaho educator or school to transform classrooms into 21st-century STEM learning environments. The $5,000 grant award is available to support classroom instructional resources, materials and laboratory equipment used to integrate STEM concepts across multiple disciplines.
- The East Idaho Ultimate STEM Grants will provide up to $10,000 to educators, schools, and STEM stakeholders to enhance or implement new STEM programs, fund new equipment or create opportunities for STEM professional development.
Grant applications are available at https://www.inl.gov/inl-initiatives/education/k-12-stem-grants/. Completed applications, proof of 501(c)(3) status and a W-9 form must be submitted by close of business on Jan. 6, 2017.
A panel of judges will evaluate the applications based on specific criteria. Educators and STEM stakeholders are required to provide information on how project goals, learning objectives and curriculum concepts will be enhanced, and how the project or program will improve student interest in STEM careers and student achievement in STEM disciplines. Grant recipients will be announced by March 2017.
Over the past decade, INL has contributed nearly $4.6 million to advance STEM education in Idaho.
INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.