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ISU intern Adrienne Petrovic helps Idaho National Laboratory publish ‘A Parent’s Guide to STEM’

September 19, 2018

Idaho National Laboratory has published “A Parent’s Guide to STEM,” a resource available to parents in both English and Spanish, that was a project led by INL summer intern Adrienne Petrovic, a sophomore at Idaho State University.

Petrovic was working under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Catherine Riddle."

This guide is designed to provide information and resources to adults with students of any age. The handbook will help parents navigate the steps needed to prepare their students to encounter science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in school, their everyday lives, and even in their careers.

The Parent’s Guide to STEM contains resources for every step of a student’s academic life: introducing elementary students to science in the kitchen, providing places to turn for homework help, helping high school students prep for the SAT, and much more. The booklet will even guide parents as they help their students through the college application process, including choosing a degree, finding scholarships, and selecting the school that is right for them.

INL’s K-12 STEM education and outreach program focuses on developing a skilled, talented and prepared STEM-literate workforce. Outreach is focused on students, teachers and the community. The Parent’s Guide to STEM represents an important step in helping include parents and families as a vital aspect of a student’s success in school. 

“As we travel around the state talking to students, the parents were asking for more information as well,” said Amy Lientz, INL’s director of Partnerships, Engagement and Technology Deployment. “This guide was developed with parent interests in mind.”

The Parent’s Guide to STEM can be accessed in English and Spanish on INL’s K-12 website. It joins a suite of other STEM resources available from INL, including “STEM Help Wanted,” a career guide that’s also available in English and Spanish

INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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