May 2017 Newsletter

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Omaha STEM Ecosystem Joins SFN STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative Conference, Tampa, FL

Launched in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative forms a National Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry and others.

The nearly 40 communities selected from across the United States compose a national Community of Practice and have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective preK-16 instruction in STEM learning. These collaborations happen in schools and beyond the classroom—in afterschool and summer programs, at home, in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical. They spark young people’s engagement, develop their knowledge, strengthen their persistence and nurture their sense of identity and belonging in STEM disciplines. As these STEM Ecosystems evolve, a student will be able to connect what they learn in and out of school with real-world learning opportunities, leading to STEM related careers and opportunities.

The Omaha Team, Chris Schaben, Tracie Evans Reding and Julie Sigmon, participated in two days of meetings, workshops and panel discussions around the importance of the Engineering Design Process, and how to integrate the critical features into the Omaha STEM Ecosystem.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming STEM Events

The National Science Education Leadership Association –Summer Leadership Institute

The National Science Education Leadership Association is hosting their Summer Leadership Institute, June 28th through July 1st.  The Institute will focus on how to understand the Next Generation Science Standards and how districts can implement and train educators on three dimensional Learning.  The organization is for anyone who is a leader in science education – informal science, district and ESU leaders, University professors, and teachers alike.

For more information go to the website

Welcome To Tech Opportunities For Students of All Ages

AIM Brain Exchange is home to tech learning experiences for youth ages 7yrs. – 17 yrs., and offers robust tech training opportunities for adults through AIM Interface school.

For more information, go to:

Lab Girl Author to Headline Omaha Public Library Fundraiser

Meet New York Times-bestselling author Hope Jahren on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, when the Omaha Public Library Foundation welcomes the Lab Girl author to Omaha. The evening fundraiser will be held at the Institute for Culinary Arts Building on the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus.

For more information, go to :

Biomechanics Zoo Camp “Walk Like the Animals”

This two-day camp, June 22 – June 23, is for students 8yrs. – 11yrs. This collaboration between UNO Department of Biomechanics and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is a great opportunity where campers will work in the Biomechanics Research Building on campus and also go to the Zoo to investigate how animals and humans move.

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WOW! That’s Engineering!

The 5th Biennial Outreach Event in Omaha is aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in engineering. Saturday, September 30th, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the College of St. Mary Campus in Omaha. Girls will participate in hands-on activities with local female engineers.  Lunch will be provided, and the event is FREE. Local middle school and high school girls are encouraged to attend. Parents will be invited to an afternoon session to discuss additional ways they can encourage their child to consider a career in engineering.

For more information, contact: Shannon DeVivo, SWE Eastern Nebraska outreach chair at  Or check out the website :


Look What’s Going On With Professional Development Opportunities!

Professional Development at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Workshops are open to all educators. Explore new curriculum, participate in hands-on activities and build your knowledge of the natural world.  Workshops are available at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park, located off Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 426.

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Improvement of Instruction for STEM –Fall 2017

Calling all educators! This 3-credit, blended graduate course is designed to provide advance degree candidates with and understanding of principles and practices utilized in STEM-based curriculum planning with today’s multifaceted students.  This course if for the non-engineering teacher with no experience as well as those with extensive STEM-based experience.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Neal Grandgenett:

Dr. Rosemary Edzie:


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