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¤ Welcome to the ISU GK-12

The Graduate Students in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program is a three-way partnership between ISU, local industry and K-12 schools in the greater Pocatello area. The goal of GK-12 is to improve science education in Southeast Idaho by involving K-12 students in locally relevant science and engineering activities.

Since 2004, this unique partnership has impacted over 5000 local K-12 students, as well as over 40 ISU graduate students and 50 K-12 teachers. Some of these high school students have chosen to go to college and/or become scientists or engineers because of the mentoring provided by their ISU GK-12 fellow.

In class these K-12 students are:
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  • Creating bacterial fuel cells
  • Building award winning robots
  • Evaluating the health of the Snake & Portneuf Rivers and tributaries
  • Studying the effects of wildfires on local soils
  • Studying the probability and effects of Portneuf River flooding


The GK-12 program places 11 graduate studentsgk2 (39K)from Idaho State University (ISU) into K-12 Science, Math & Engineering for 10 hours per week for an entire school year.

Teacher-Graduate Student partners implement inquiry based science and engineering curricula that are aligned to the state standards.

The GK-12 program supports graduate fellowships, and teacher stipends and participation costs such as supplies.


The program is funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Teaching Fellowships in K-12 (GK-12) program.


This material is based upon worksupported by the National Science Foundation underGrant No. DGE 0638684.

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 (NSF).