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Engineering Learning Community of Idaho –Boise State University was selected as one of 10 schools in the nation for the Hewlett-Packard Innovations in Education grant. The award package consisted of HP Blade servers and tablet PC’s, grant money and professional services. The proposal authors were Dr. Joe Guarino and Dr. Pat Pyke of the College of Engineering. With this generous funding, our goal is to create a website that allows K-12 students from all over the state of Idaho to connect with university students technology and and encourage them to follow STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. | more

All about Engineering Links: – This site from the American Society of Engineering Education strives to identify and gather in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community. – National Engineers Week is held each February. This site has sections devoted to discovery or exploration of engineering, and one all about engineering for girls. The site also provides resources for volunteers, educators, students, and those with other interests such as media and projects. – Great site by the National Academy of Engineering that also includes details about their annual essay contest for students interested in engineering. – The K-12 Programs on this site has a listing of programs for young people divided up by girl scouts, boy scouts, and then by grade level; including college activities. The website also provides information on scholarships, professional development, and career building. – The National Academy of Engineering site that lists the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century. – A guide to engineering for high school girls – Providing a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students. – The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare. – The new eGFI Web Site will offer a fun way for middle-school and high school students to explore engineering, with stories about engineering innovations, interviews with students and young working engineers, examples of the many different engineering fields, and a searchable directory of colleges. – The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ON THE AIR! Website is an audio resource for young girls, young women, parents, middle and high school teachers, college professors, guidance counselors, researchers, organizational leaders, and anyone interested in learning more about the past, present and future role of women in science and technology education, fields and careers. – Science Fair Project Ideas. Find the science fair project ideas you’re looking for. Many different science fair projects are available for you to browse through and get ideas for your own science fair project.

Activities, Projects and Cool Stuff Links:– ASEE is a partner in developing activities for a new Family Engineering Program ( with funding from the National Science Foundation. More than 40 activities have been developed that are now being field tested at 40 family engineering events for elementary-aged children and their parents in eight states across the country during March, April and May. – This Micron Technology Inc. website has resources for K-12 teachers, students and parents including lesson plans arranged by grade levels. The site also includes outreach activities at their Boise, Idaho and Manassas, Virginia sites. – The official site for the PBS hit show, Design Squad. – PBS TV program and materials, after school programs, events and in-class education materials. – Features groups of middle school girls modeling authentic, girl-focused approaches to inquiry-based science and engineering projects. – Great site fro interactive labs, challenges, local wonders, and much more. Natural corporate sponsorship is provided by the American Society of Civil Engineers and by Siemens. – A sightseer’s guide to state-by-state engineering projects (great for organizing field trips). – This National Engineers Week competition for seventh- and eighth-grade students combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a “hands-on” application to present their vision of a city of the future. – New website that contains really neat games and trivia for kids. – Materials, blogs, activities, great range and variety. – Resources for students, parents, teachers and counselors. – Do it Yourself Science has science activities that can be done at home appropriate for elementary school aged students.

For Teachers:– The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America is unrolling a new program, called Wind for Schools (WfS), initially in six states: Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota. Building on our existing wind energy research programs, Boise State University has been selected to be Idaho’s Wind Application Center. – This site from the American Society of Engineering Education strives to identify and gather in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community. – The American Library Association listing of great websites for kids, organized by topic areas with useful tools for teachers, parents and students. – A site full of great photos and activities for educators and students.– Middle school and high school curriculum, teachers must be PLTW certified. – NSF National Science Digital Library, K-12 standards aligned lessons, Inexpensive materials; excellent lessons; field tested. – Links and resources for teachers; “Engineering the Future” complete curriculum and textbook for a year-long high school course. – The Virtual Reference Desk Presents VRD Learning Center. Excellent Websites for links to top educational websites.

“Foundations of Engineering & Technology”– presents an engaging
introduction to basic principles of technology and engineering resources for grades K-5 using
simple, captivating, hands-on projects.

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is an eight week summer research opportunity at participating ONR laboratories for high school students. Students must have completed at least grade nine, be 16 years of age for most Laboratories, and be a U.S. citizen. A graduating senior is eligible to apply. The stipend for the summer program is $1,500 for new students; $1,550 for returning students. The application is usually open in January and references are due by February.

Summer Programs