January Newsletter 2018

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Building Omaha Future Leaders

January 2018

A STEM Professional You Should Know!

Bronchae Brown


Bronchae Brown is the Regional Sales Director for First Data, a credit card processing and payments solution firm for merchants. Brown leads a team of business consultants spread across six states. His team helps small and medium sized businesses implement payment solutions that simplify their daily operations. Brown brings over 25 years of experience in the technology industry to accomplish his role within First Data.

Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has lots of experience including Data Center Operations for State Farm Insurance, Aircraft Instructor Pilot for the Marine Corps, Rotary Wing Planner in Iraq, Computer Network Attack/Defense Planner for the United States Strategic Command, and Regional Sales Director for First Data. Brown also serves on the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Engagement Council and volunteers with Omaha STEM Ecosystem.  

Bronchae is passionate about helping people understand technology. With that, he has been building a technology company called Zoomie. He hopes to help 100 million people unload tedious tasks that get in the way of enjoying special events. In addition, he gives presentations on Cyber-Security and Technology to help people understand technology-related news stories.







Celebrating STEM in Omaha

Math with an Architect

January 29th

The STEM Ecosystem, in partnership with UNO Mathematics Department and BVH Architecture, were proud to sponsor the second in the Math with a Professional series. Over 20 educators, both formal and informal, met at BVH Architecture for an exceptional evening of connecting Nebraska standards for 6th-8th grades, into the world, using the power of design thinking. Teachers learned the many elements of design thinking including listening, researching, exploring, testing, resolving, and executing. The teachers were enthusiastic to have some more tools to add to their toolboxes, and they can’t wait to bring those back into their classrooms. One teacher commented, “I appreciated hearing the mathematical concepts used in architecture and following the steps of design.  I learned so much that I can take back to my classroom.”











Wilson Focus School Becomes an Apple Distinguished School

Wilson Focus School: Celebrating a New Dawn in Leadership, Technology, and Communication.

Part of becoming an Apple Distinguished School is having 75 percent of teachers complete Apple Teacher training.  Congratulations for exceeding that 75%!

For more information, open the Wilson Focus School iBook at the Apple iBooks store. No charge.













Collective for Youth Wins Afterschool Professionals Awards


 Collective for Youth started off the new year with a celebration presenting the first ever Afterschool Professionals Award event. Over 250 staff, friends and family were present to celebrate. All individuals who received awards were nominated by their peers which made the nominations that much more meaningful to the recipients. These awards recognize outstanding performance and achievement by individuals within Collective for Youth Afterschool Programs.




Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming STEM Events

Active Learning Workshop

February 27th,  4:30-6:30 pm

Join in a discussion on how critical the physical learning environment is to the success and achievement of students. In addition, they will discuss the latest research on the key trends and classroom issues students face today. This workshop is for administrators, educators, and pre-service teachers.

For more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/active-learning-workshop-tickets-42249989857

Sponsored by:



Growing Up Wild

February 6, 2018

For more information, go to: www.omahazoo.com/professional-development


Greater Omaha Chamber CareeRockit

February 12 – 18, 2018

For Information, go to: OmahaChamber@OmahaChamber


NE Science Olympiad

March 3 – 4, 2018

For information, go to: https://nebraskaacademyofsciences.wildapricot.org/ScienceOlympiad


Metro Science and Engineering Fair

March 10, 2018

For information, go to: http://msefomaha.com


HOSA Nebraska State Leadership Conference

March 19 – 20, 2018

For information, contact: Kori Jensen@nebraska.gov


Nebraska Science Festival

April 19 – 28, 2018

For information, go to:  nescifest.com


City Nature Challenge

April 27 – 30, 2018

For information, contact:  julie.sigmon@omahazoo.com



Judges Needed


The 39th annual Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF) will be held at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium this year. Volunteer judges are currently being recruited to assist in judging student’s projects that will range in a variety of categories with divisions of Juniors and Seniors. The event will be Saturday March 10, 2018, with judging times from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

For more information contact: Sandra Petry, email: classes@omahazoo.com







Christa McAuliffe’s Lost Lessons Finally Taught in Space


6 Essential Skills for Students in Today’s Global Economy




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