Amiah Van Hill with her friend Senator Bob Nonini

Amiah with her friend Senator Bob Nonini on Monday March 13 in the Idaho Capitol. Amiah, a first grader and Cathyanne’s little violin student, won Best of Class for grades 1-4 for Invent Idaho. Her invention is a Dewey Drone, which would file and sort library books.

What’s going on with STEM in Idaho

Senator Bob Nonini recently interviewed on Idaho Local Edition:

Photos from the recent STEM Matters event during Education Week (all photos by Otto Kitsinger for the Idaho STEM Action Center):

Watch this animation video created at the STEM Matters event. The video was made with Wondermedia Storymaker. Enjoy!!

 

Senator Nonini Appointed to Idaho’s Higher Education Task Force

The following is excerpted from the Idaho.gov website on February 1, 2017.

Membership Announced for Higher Ed, Workforce Development Task Forces

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the full membership rolls today for two new task forces created to study and recommend how best to address Idaho’s “K-through-Career” education and job training needs beyond high school.

The Governor’s 36-member Higher Education Task Force and 17-member Workforce Development Task Force both have scheduled organizational meetings in Boise on Friday, February 10th to begin their work. They are patterned on the Governor’s successful Task Force for Improving Education, which submitted 20 recommendations for K-12 public school reforms. The State now is in the third year of a five-year plan for implementing those recommendations targeting teacher pay, preparation and professional development, local school accountability, post-secondary counseling, classroom technology and student performance. [Read more…]

STEM Action Center creation likely

I am pleased that the STEM Action Center has passed both Chambers – this will be a terrific asset and tool for the students of Idaho.

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on May 4, 2014, by Brian Walker. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

Many spokes have formed around Idaho’s STEM education in recent years, and a hub for those spokes is coming through the Idaho Legislature.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday agreed to appropriate $650,000 in the first year toward the creation of a STEM Action Center.

“It will be exciting to get this off the ground,” said Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who sponsored the bill with Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle. “Idaho has a lot of good things going on with STEM and this center, under the direction of the Governor’s Office, will give those a high-visibility hub for coordination and professional development.”

JFAC decided to appropriate around $200,000 per year after the first toward the action center. [Read more…]

Great Video on Importance of STEM

I support more STEM Education – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In 2023, there will be 2.6 million new jobs created in this country requiring a STEM Education background.