Monthly Archives: September 2015

Omaha Mini Maker Faire

Omaha Mini Maker FaireThe Omaha Children’s Museum hosted the Mini Maker Faire this weekend, with the goal to inspire area children to go home and make something. There were 30 exhibitors at the Faire, including the University of Nebraska-Omaha Robotics Club.

“If young students want to get into the information-technology field, then that could be a very rewarding and good opportunity for them,” UNO Robotics Club member Josiah Krutz said.

You can read more on this exciting opportunity for young students in the Omaha area, here on KETV Channel 7 News.

State Fair exhibit brings STEM opportunities to young fairgoers

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, MathBreakthroughs in science and math have helped the world to experience dramatic growth during the last 50 years, and the future will demand students be more proficient in math and science skills to meet the challenges this planet will face.

To bring that world of career possibilities in science and math to the many youngsters who attend the State Fair each year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed STEMming Into the Future, which is an interactive exhibit focusing on all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related. The exhibit is located in the Nebraska Building, and will run through the length of the State Fair with new exhibits daily.

You can read more on this exciting opportunity for young Nebraskans at the State Fair, here on the Grand Island Independent.

In class or on the field, drones help curious minds soar

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, MathSchools are able to use drones in Science class to allow students write programs to steer miniature them through obstacle courses. That is just one possibility with the technology that ESU 3 is making avaiable to the Omaha area schools.

“It just seemed to be an incredibly compelling way of engaging students, specifically in STEM concepts — science, technology, engineering, math — that is so important for the future of our nation,” Jeff Ingraham of ESU 3
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Will a robot take your Job?

Is your job in danger? Will you be replaced by a Robot?  Check out the BBC’s Automation Risk tool to find out.

We must catch our kids early and ignite a passion for areas like Engineering, Computer Science and Science. If we do, they’ll have a bright future even after a possible job market shift like this.  This is the purpose of what we hope to highlight on this blog.

Building Brighter Futures

Nebraksa Possibilities .. endlessBy Governor Pete Ricketts,
September 11, 2015
(Original Press Release)

As I travel the state, ag producers, manufacturers, and small business owners tell me that one of their greatest barriers to growing their operations is recruiting the right talent with the right skills. The center-pivot industry needs irrigation technicians. Manufacturers face a shortage of welders. IT companies are looking for a broader pool of developers and programmers. To address these challenges, we must always be expanding educational opportunities for young Nebraskans and exposing them to the great career possibilities available to them right here in our state. Introducing our young people to these opportunities early on can help them make Nebraska their home as they look for a place to live, work, and raise a family in the coming years. Continue reading

Lincoln Schools rolls out revamped elementary computer curriculum

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, MathLincoln Public Schools rolls out a revamped elementary computer curriculum that emphasizes computer science principles.  There will be an added focus on introducing the basics of coding, robotics and other related STEM subjects.  Most notably they participated in’s ‘Hour of Code’ event, ranking Lincoln 15th in participation worldwide.

You can read more on this exciting opportunity for students in the Lincoln, Nebraska area, here on the Scottsbluff Star Herald.


Two Companies Win Grant for Nebraska’s Developing Youth Talent Initiative

Nebraksa Possibilities .. endless - Nebraska's Developing Youth Talent Initiative

The Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative is a program intended to connect young Nebraskans to the manufacturing and technology sectors in Nebraska.  In it’s first year, it is an innovative approach to develop a pipeline of young talent to build the future of Nebraska’s workplace.

Two local companies received grants, Flowserve Corporation (Hastings, NE) and Hollman Media, LLC (Kearney, NE).  Both will be  working with area Middle School students on advanced skill sets and experience.  An exciting opportunity to ignite a passion for the future workforce in Nebraska, we look to seeing how this program develops over time.
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