You can’t easily get from Ammon, the bedroom community to Idaho Falls, to Genesee, a small town on the Palouse.
But schools in these far-flung districts will each receive $10,000 grants from an Idaho National Laboratory contractor, to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction.
In Ammon, Sandcreek Middle School will use the money to develop a STEM classroom, stocked with iPads and other equipment.
Genesee will develop a project for kindergartners through 12th graders: a water-conservation station where students can rinse and recycle plastic milk bottles from the school lunchroom.
The Battelle Energy Alliance, the contractor at the Department of Energy site, also awarded 35 STEM micro-grants to schools around the state.