32 Planning for the future Supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers is a priority at INL. The lab’s education programs support K-12 students and teachers, college undergraduate interns, graduate students, post- doctoral researchers and university research efforts. Access to INL resources, capabilities and expertise is helping build a competitive workforce and economy. Pipeline TALENT 125 $302,000 SIX In FY18, INL’s K-12 STEM group led 125 mission-aligned STEM outreach activities, more than half of which reached underrepresented, first generation, rural or remote students. involvement of underrepresented talent pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in science and engineering. INL published a guidebook (in English and Spanish) for the parents to help guide their children through every stage of their early STEM life, from engaging passion in elementary school students to helping high school students choose the right postgraduate path for them. Ten weeks The Cybercore Integration Center hosted a local pilot of the “Girls Who Code” club, a national initiative working to break the gender gap in STEM careers, particularly computer science. INL professionals mentored middle school girls over 10 weeks and plan to develop this program in more local communities. On behalf of Battelle Energy Alliance, INL awarded more than $302,000 in STEM grants to Idaho educators, with more than $223,000 supporting Idaho STEM Action Center’s mission of engineering innovative opportunities for educators, students, communities and industry. The 2018 interns were the most diverse in INL history in terms of demographics, disciplines and institutions. INL partnered with the National GEM Consortium to welcome six inaugural GEM Fellows this summer. The National GEM Consortium’s mission is to increase the