Idaho STEP Program
STEM SUMMER ADVENTURE August 19 – 23, 2013
What: The STEM Summer Adventure is a 5-day extended field program happening the week before school starts. New Boise State Students planning to study the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) will get a chance to meet other students, make friends, and engage with STEM faculty. The summer adventure is a math-science learning experience that uses outdoor-based activities as a fun laboratory for learning.
Summer Adventure participants will be traveling via rafts and camping on the Payette River north of Boise. Program faculty, scientists and outdoor instructors will use activities and group facilitation to focus on community building, forming new relationships and learning about the geology, astronomy, hydrology, wildlife and human history of the Payette River Basin. Along the way, we will have fun doing science-based activities to see how scientific reasoning applies to the real world. The selected river stretch and outdoor activities are designed to accommodate participants that are new to rafting and outdoor camping. On the final day there will be a campus workshop focused on acquainting the STEM students with both the campus and downtown Boise.
Who: The STEM Summer Adventure is designed for incoming first-year students majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Space is limited to 27 students, apply as soon as possible. The trip is limited to the first 27 STEM students who apply. This program is funded via a National Science Foundation grant. Therefore, all participants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Fall Semester Academic Requirement:
STEM Summer Adventure participants are required to enroll in the one-credit University 197 class for fall 2013. The class will meet weekly and feature guest speakers and hands on learning activities.
When: August 19 – 23, 2013
8/19 9:00 am – depart from Boise State University Outdoor Programs
8/22 late afternoon – arrive on campus and clean rafts – on your own for dinner
8/23 8:30 – 3:00 pm – Day on campus
Fee: $190 – payable through credit card or bank transfer. A limited amount of financial support is available to participants based on need through the NSF Grant funding the program. Feel free to submit a STEM Summer Adventure, Financial Support Request by July 17, 2013 for consideration. You will be notified if you receive support and supplied a code to use in the STEM Summer Adventure Application.
Registration Deadline: Please complete online registration located by July 19th, 2013. Online Registration
For additional information contact:
Idaho Step Program
Summer Adventure Important Documents
- Minor Trip Waiver Form
- Adult Trip Waiver Form
- Trip Details
- Packing/Equipment List
- Equipment Reservation Form
- Outdoor Program Office Map
Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) under Award No. 0856815. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.