January 2020 Newsletter

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January 2020

A STEM Professional You Should Know

In December 2019, Neyda Zavala became the program’s first intern to be hired full-time by the utility.

Zavala, part of the first of three Legacy classes at OPPD, works in the Customer Care Services call center. In this video, she explains where she found her motivation to succeed, and program leaders share more about their goals.


WOZ ED Recap

The Omaha STEM Ecosystem hosted an event, January 14th at the Durham Museum, with over 34 educators, non-profit and business partners, in collaboration with WOZ ED.

This event provided an opportunity  to discuss not only the need  our community has to assure K-12 student are prepared for careers of the future, but also identifying quality programs to achieve that goal.


As participants worked in teams, they experienced lessons in Coding, Mobile App Development and Drones, as well as sharing feedback and ways to utilize in their classrooms or out of school programs.

We look forward to future collaborations in building a vibrant STEM community for Greater Omaha.

Spotlight: UNO Magazine Winter 2020 – Animal Tales

Omaha STEM Ecosystem was featured in the UNO Magazine for Winter 2020, so we wanted to give them the spotlight as well.  

“STEM is one of the largest growing career fields in the world, yet the number of college graduates earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics trails the need for highly skilled professionals.
That’s why, in 2016, UNO and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium joined forces to form the Omaha STEM Ecosystem, a citywide partnership to address the shortage of STEM professionals in the greater Omaha area.”

– page 14

The magazine is available as a flip book online. 

Mark Your Calendars!

Math Series

Math and Medicine

Have you wondered the math behind the logarithmic growth rate of bacteria?

Join us for this  very interactive hands-on event with activities connecting math principles to healthcare concepts. Tour the state of the art Interprofessional Learning Center.

This event is for Educators, Administrators and Pre-Service Teachers

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (4:30pm – 6:30pm)

Registration Information

Math with Biomechanics

Math and the Body

Explore how mathematics helps scientists understand human body movement!

This event is for Educators, Administrators and Pre-Service Teachers

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (4:30pm – 6:30pm)

Registration Information

Math at Union Pacific

Math Makes Trains Move

Learn how Union Pacific Railroad applies math in its drones and engineering construction programs.

This event is for Educators, Administrators and Pre-Service Teachers

Monday, April 6, 2020 (4:30pm – 6:30pm)

Registration Information


Metro Community College (College for Kids)

Looking for a summer opportunity for your child to continue to grow and learn?

Metro Community College is offering summer camps!

This is a link to register. 

Note: Summer classes will not be viewable on their registration page via
the link above until registration opens on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 8 a.m.


Aim for the Stars Science and Math Camps

Omaha STEM Ecosystems would like to inform the Omaha community of an exciting opportunity for children in grades from 3rd to 10th grade. Registration for these camps opens up the first week of January for 1 week camps that go through June 3rd to August 2nd (no camps during the week of July 1-5). To learn more about this exciting venture, as well as, where to register go to aimforthestars.unomaha.edu 


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Day Camps

Have a WILD time with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s day camps! Certified teachers will guide students through camps from one-half to five days in length with educational activities, tours, games and much more. Please contact our Education Department at Educate@OmahaZoo.com for more information.

Attention Parents: Please download this informational packet to answer important questions about our day camps.


We want you to be a part of the conversation about how to find solutions for addressing the shortfall of STEM professionals in the Omaha community. To collaborate with innovators, educators, researchers and leaders of tomorrow, join the Omaha STEM Ecosystem today at https://omahastem.com/get-involved/.

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