Skyline High School is getting a $10,000 classroom makeover thanks to outreach efforts by the Idaho National Laboratory. Both Skyline and Jerome High School in Central Idaho have been tapped for Extreme Classroom Makeover Grants from the Idaho National Laboratory.

With funding through Battelle Energy Alliance, the grants are part of INL's effort to boost STEM education in Idaho.
Skyline High School plans to use the money to purchase modern science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab equipment for physics, energy and engineering classes. The
new equipment will be integrated with computers, which will allow the students to record more accurate and precise data, as well as to document their findings in technical laboratory documents.

"Getting students excited about STEM is critical to the future of INL, Idaho and the nation as a whole," said Anne Seifert, INL's manager of K-12 education. "Today's students are tomorrow's scientists, engineers and technicians. Grants like these provide our teachers with the tools they need to educate, prepare and engage students and give them hands-on experience in STEM subjects."

INL also awarded several mini grants to teachers to bolster STEM education in private and public schools throughout the state. These grants, worth up to $1,000, can be used to purchase equipment and materials for classrooms.

This year's mini grant recipients in Idaho Falls and eastern Idaho include:

* Sheila Wood of Arco Elementary received $466.15 to purchase GPS units to use during field trips to Craters of the Moon National Monument.

* Sheila Foster of Fort Hall Elementary received $755 to purchase Lego and other building toys to design buildings for a math class.

* Dale Walker of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls received $925.27 to purchase a microscope, which can take high-resolution pictures of cells.

* Jana Wixom of Compass Academy in Idaho Falls received $975.95 to purchase Emission spectra equipment for use in chemistry experiments.

* Gary Maples of Rigby Middle School received $893.99 to purchase a digital camera, lens kit and a portable 2-D-3-D document camera with a microscope adapter.

* Teresa Call of Riverview Elementary in Shelley received $979.98 to purchase two iPads.

* Chris Brown of Parker-Egin Elementary in St. Anthony received $1,000 to purchase science equipment for hands-on projects.

* Rondee Owens of Parker-Egin Elementary in St. Anthony received $1,000 to purchase scales, screens, tools for digging and other miscellaneous supplies for an archaeological dig.

* Stephanie Forbush of Henry's Fork Elementary in St. Anthony received $945 to purchase tablet computers for use in her classroom.

Since 2006, Battelle has committed more than $3.2 million to support K-12 STEM education in Idaho.