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STEM Portfolio

February 24, 2023

Science and Engineering Fair

Our 6th graders did an incredible job at their first ever Science and Engineering Fair! We are incredibly proud of them and the effort that they put into their work. A big shoutout to Mrs. Paxman for taking this on and leading the way in a new White Pine tradition!

February 10, 2023


Mrs. Paxman, Mrs. Smith, and 6th grade girls attended She Can STEM at ISU. This event was sponsored by ISEE STEM. Girls got to participate in labs from the State Crime Lab, Idahoan, Dept of Homeland Security and Idaho Power. It was a huge success and we are so lucky that our students were able to attend.

January 31, 2023

Future City Competition - Boise

Our middle school students attended the Future City competition in Boise this past week and came home with some awards! Brix City won Most Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Bristle Cone Pine won the Multimodal Transportation award. Congrats to our students for taking on the ultimate STEM competition as winners and to all our teams who competed. We are so proud!

January 24, 2023

Getting Ready for Future City!

A huge thank you to Sunshine Shepherd and Greg Losinski from INL and Riley Bradshaw from Keller & Associates for helping get students ready for the Future City engineering competition in Boise!

December 14, 2022

3D Printing Canopic Jars

3D printing canopic jars in Mrs. Attebury’s 1st grade classroom while studying Ancient Egypt.

December 13, 2022

The Longest Chain

Ms. Miller’s 3rd grade class had a STEM Challenge to see who could build the longest chain with 6 pieces of paper in 20 minutes. They did awesome!

December 8, 2022

States of Matter

1st grade just finished learning about the states of matter and participated in so many fun experiments!

November 7, 2022

The Tempest

Arrrrrg matey! Mrs. Gray’s class is reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest while learning about exploration, with a splash of pirates and treasure! Check out these cool ships a couple of students made! How much treasure do you think they can hold?

October 22, 2022

Ammon City Pumpkin Walk

“Sometimes the dragon wins…” but today White Pine STEM Academy won! Congratulations to Mrs. Gray’s art class who won first place in the Ammon City Pumpkin Walk!

October 21, 2022

CEI Punkin' Chunkin'

Congrats to Mr. Wilson and the Medieval Times Immersion Group for taking 4th at the CEI Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest with their launch of  59 yards!!

October 20, 2022


Zoomobile came to White Pine!

October 17, 2022

Immersion Week

Immersion Week! White Pine begins our Immersion Week initiative, where teachers and students spend a week diving into various interests in STEM Fields! This week our topics are: Cinematography and Film, Ghosts, Spirits & Poltergeists-OH MY!, Investigative Journalism, Medieval Times, Riparian Ecology, and Survival Preparedness.

October 9, 2022

Idaho STEM Action Center

White Pine was lucky enough to host guests from the Idaho STEM Action Center, from the office of the governor this week! Thanks for visiting!

October 7, 2022

Solar Ovens

White Pine students continue their tradition of making solar ovens. Here they are cooking up some treats at the STEM Academy!

October 1, 2022

Building Strong Foundations

White Pine teachers wrote down ways to build a strong foundation for success for EVERY student on index cards and built a tower with all of their strategies! We are constantly impressed with our teachers and their abilities to take an innovative approach towards education and meeting their students’ needs!

September 28, 2022

Aerospace Education Club

The sky’s the limit! White Pine launches its first ever Aerospace Education Club as our students work with veterans from Desert Eagles to assemble and fly model airplanes.

April 4, 2022

Science Olympiad Competition

Science Olympiad, 2nd place!!

April 4, 2022


Wednesday for STEMx we welcomed RN, Tonya Rupe from EIRMC,  John Collins an air traffic controller and Aelin Allegood an Olympic athlete.  Students learned about the dangers of vaping  including seriously nasty wounds, what it takes to control 3,500 planes in the sky at the same time and an Olympic athlete asked us what our own Olympic sized dream was.

March 22, 2022


Last week on Friday, the 5th and 6th graders went over to the STEM Academy for a special STEM day event, everyone had a blast, and it was the perfect way to kick off spring break.

February 28, 2022

CISA Cyber Defense Education and Training

Greg Bastian is the team lead for academics of CISA Cyber Defense Education and Training at INL. He educated WPSA students on the importance of cybersecurity and how to get involved in a rapidly growing industry.

February 8, 2022

HK Construction

Today HK Construction came and presented "Rocks Build Our World" to our fourth graders. They learned about what rocks provide for us and how miners are so important in todays world!

February 4, 2022

WP Future City Awards

Congratulations to our Future City award winners! It was nice recognizing them at today’s awards ceremony at the STEM.

February 2, 2022

Future City Competition

This past week some of our awesome STEM students went to Boise to compete in the Future City competition. Great job to them!

November 17th, 2021

November STEM Day

Our November STEM day was a hit! We had many stations on this day. The first was a guest speaker, Captain Marty Sattison, who is a retired U.S Navy Captain, and Mr.  Dan Hunt, a retired Senior Chief MMCS (SS/SW) at the United States Navy. We also had several labs such as Dream Big: Surviving the Storm Surge, Future City planning and Dissections.

November 12, 2021

Chats with Changemaker

White Pine had special guest speakers from the Idaho National Laboratory to show our girls some examples of strong and smart women in STEM! Girls from 6th-11th grade attended a luncheon with Alyse Benson and Ms. Cary for our first-ever, Chats with Changemakers.

November 11, 2021

Veteran’s Day Assembly

Today the STEM Academy had a special Assembly for Veterans Day! Our Student Council, along with Tammie Smith, a staff member and veteran, planned a beautiful presentation for our visiting veterans and active military members. Thank you so much American Legion and Veterans for The QRF, and thank you for your service.

November 1, 2021

East Idaho Aquarium

Ms. Dey’s class had a special visit with the East Idaho Aquarium.

October 27, 2021

October STEM Day

Today was our second STEM Day! A big shout out to everyone who donated boxes, newspapers, pumpkins and more. We could not have done it without you. We are so grateful to have our guest speaker Chayce Whitworth from come and talk about what he does as a corn maze designer. This might sound corny but we think you are a-maze-ing Mr. Whitworth thank you!

October 25, 2021

Ammon Pumpkin Walk

White Pine participated in the Ammon Pumpkin Walk this year with three separate displays! Our themes were Alice in Wonderland, STEM Superheroes and Cinderella. A huge thank you to everyone who donated pumpkins, backdrops and time to make this year’s  Pumpkin Walk a massive success. Our Creative Writing class even took 3rd place!

September 29, 2021

September STEM Day

For our first ever STEM Day, we had RN Tonya Rupe at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, and nursing student Kelby Renfro come to teach our students about the science of stopping a bleed and bystander CPR. The students also participated in making Stockings for Soldiers, began building a trebuchet for CEI’s Punkin Chunkin contest, and competed in an engineering design challenge.

May 18, 2021

Solar Oven Cookout

A huge thank you to Mitch Workman and his team at Big Dog Solar! He helped us judge our middle school STEM Solar Oven Cook Out. Mr. Workman did a small presentation about solar energy and brought a solar panel to display for students. Winners of Big Dog Solar merch and treats from Ms. Whitworth were:

Innovation Award: Isaiah

1st place: Andrew

2nd place: Laila

3rd place: Blake

The BIG surprise of the afternoon was a generous donation of $500.00 for the STEM class to “continue doing amazing projects”.

Check out Big Dog Solar’s Facebook page as we sure appreciate their support!

A big thank you to our awesome Community Outreach Coordinator, Mrs. Smith, for arranging this!

April 22, 2021

INL Earth Day

INL Earth Day Art Contest

Our students had a great time creating art for Idaho National Laboratory’s Earth Day Art Competition. #EarthDay2021

March 4, 2021

Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition

Eight White Pine students competed in the Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition in February. All of our mathletes scored in the top half and Ben Xing, a White Pine 6th grader, placed 10th out of 84 mathletes. On Feb. 25, he competed in the second round to see who qualified for state. Results just came in and he took 3rd overall! He now will move to compete in the state competition on March 25.  Thanks to Ms. Croft for leading this competition!

February 21, 2021

Invent Idaho WPSA Success

“Invent Idaho envisions a day when EVERY child in Idaho has the chance to follow their natural curiosity, invent creative solutions to problems, and be inspired to achieve their highest level of personal accomplishment. Through these efforts, Idaho’s future will be brighter and its workforce more capable and productive.”

White Pine STEM Academy hosted Invention Convention as a school-wide project where the top 20 projects went to the Southeastern Regional Competition. We had many students place at regionals that are now moving onto the state competition! We are so excited for them to continue on! Check out the amazing awards won 

January 22, 2021

Future City

Dedicated describes our students perfectly! These top three teams in our eighth grade made it past our school competition to compete at the state level this weekend for the largest engineering middle school national competition, Future City.

Today and tomorrow they are being interviewed by professionals from all over the state! They were not only tasked to create a futuristic city on Earth’s moon at least 100 years in the future but also to utilize two of the moon’s resources.

We are beyond proud and excited for them. Finishing a challenging multi-month national competition with many obstacles in the way was no easy task. These students have grit and determination.

October 16, 2020

Bridges to Prosperity

For the seventh grade Bridges to Prosperity Unit, they learned about strong shapes, the engineering design process and how to design and create something with purpose  The end of our project resulted with some amazing bridges that held up to the test! Check them out 

April 15, 2020

3D Printers

It’s time to brag about our awesome students and their families! Look at some of the progress made today.

They have been working hard keeping our 3D printers up and going to print these mask clips and ear savers. All students at our school all get the chance to learn how to use and print with 3D printers. They are now putting these skills to solve problems for our amazing community.

March 14, 2020

Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair

Did you know we had 6 Freshman students take home 8 awards at the Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair?! Our amazing science teacher, Mrs. Nelson, has been an amazing mentor and resource with these projects.

March 10, 2020

State Invention Convention

12 students qualified for the State Invention Convention last weekend in Moscow, Idaho. Five students brought home some impressive awards!!!

We had one seventh grade student qualify for Nationals this summer at the Henry Ford Museum!!!! Two ninth graders took home 1st place wins in their category, another ninth grader took home second place. We also had one seventh grade student take home third!

Congratulations to our amazing students!

February 5, 2020

Invention Convention

Last night was a blast at the Invention Convention! We appreciate everyone who helped and all of the fantastic ideas and prototypes the students explained to us. We had great participation in all grades and look forward to making this a tradition of using the engineering-design process!

January 27, 2020

Future City

Congratulations to Ms. Whit and the Future City team Azai! They won the Best Multimodal Transportation System special award at the state engineering competition in Boise.

A huge thank you to community partners!

*INL’s Kurt Ririe, Nathan Carlson and Quinton Reese

*City of Ammon - Nathan Ribblett

*Keller and Associates - Riley Bradshaw

*White Pine Board of Directors Joni Larson and Mark Duncanson

November 18, 2019


Congratulations to our 7th-grade students from Ms. Whitworth's FabSLAM class.  3rd place in your first competition!  Way to go!

September 16, 2019

Ribbon Cutting


We had a great Community Night and Ribbon Cutting last night. We had former board chairs, some founders, student alumni, teachers and staff from our K-6 and our STEM Academy.  We had visits from many prominent business members, parents, ambassadors from the Chamber of Commerce, leaders in higher education, and other community members. Thanks to everyone who were able to help us celebrate!