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Speaking on Business: Idaho STEM Action Center

The Idaho STEM Action Center is dedicated to connecting kindergarten through college STEM education with Idaho’s industries.

Chris Redgrave Oct 1, 2016

This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, jobs are growing at 19 percent. In Idaho, STEM jobs pay very well with a median wage over $32 per hour, and many jobs are available. These are some of the major reasons for the creation of the Idaho STEM Action Center.

The Idaho STEM Action Center is doing such great work their budget increased from $250,000 to almost $4 million this year. And, Director Angela Hemingway has been invited to the White House to discuss their state computer science initiative.

Angela says this organization is dedicated to connecting kindergarten through college STEM education with Idaho’s industries. In their first year of operation they’ve focused on increasing awareness of this type of education, specifically computer science. This has included events for students, educators and the community.

After teaching high school STEM classes for 14 years, Angela worked to build connections with industry professionals to help her students; however, she knew many rural communities don’t have the same opportunities. So, an important initiative for the Idaho STEM Action Center is to build a virtual project-based mentorship platform to connect students and educators with industry professionals, who will all have access to the platform.

For more information or to get involved, visit stem.idaho.gov.

For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Idaho STEM Action Center
802 W. Bannock, Ste. 701
Boise, ID 83702
208-332-1726
www.stem.idaho.gov

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