INL News Release
May 20, 2009

Media Contact: Marilyn Whitney, 208-334-9572,

North Idaho schools receive INL grants for K-12 projects

Idaho National Laboratory has awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to teachers across the state to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in grades K-12.

The lab’s Mini Grant program provides teachers up to $2,000 per proposal for classroom equipment, materials and professional development projects. More than 40 grants have been awarded this year to support innovative STEM projects throughout Idaho.

For the first time this year, INL also awarded two $10,000 Science Laboratory Grants to Idaho schools to either establish or upgrade a chemistry or physical science laboratory. This year’s recipients are Kuna Middle School and Butte County High School in Arco.

Grant applications are evaluated by a panel of judges based on specific criteria. Teachers are required to provide information on how learning objectives and curriculum concepts will be enhanced and how the project or program will bolster student interest and achievement.

The following are the 2009 Mini Grant recipients in north Idaho.

Kristie Goodan, Lake City High School, $1,932 to upgrade the freshman biology lab and allow for hands-on discovery and lab experiments

Pamela Gomes, Lake City High School, $1,956 for microscopes to increase opportunities for interactive lab activities and investigation

Salvatore Lorenzen, Post Falls High School, $1,929 to purchase software and equipment for students to design, build and program autonomous robots

Funding for the INL Mini Grant and Science Laboratory Grant programs comes from Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), which operates INL for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Idaho National Laboratory is dedicated to research and development in support of DOE’s mission to discover the solutions to power and secure America’s future.


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