Nebraska BLAST! (Building Lasting Afterschool STEM Teams) is an initiative designed to bring engaging learning opportunities to students who attend Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool and summer programs. The primary goal of Nebraska BLAST! is to partner with statewide, regional, and local organizations to provide professional development for teams of certified teachers and informal educators who then work together to plan and implement student-centered learning opportunities for students after school and in the summer.
Nebraska BLAST! curriculum is now available at the following web address:
For more information about Nebraska BLAST! please contact:
Kim Larson, Coordinator of Professional Development,
21st Century Community Learning Centers
All workshop sessions are FREE to attend.
Lunch on your own.
No stipends can be offered this year.
GROWING UP WILD
Join Nebraska Project WILD for a training specifically for Afterschool Program Providers! This workshop will focus on the Growing Up WILD guide and show how to use this guide to develop an afterschool club focusing on nature, STEM and having fun outside!
PROJECT WILD & AQUATIC WILD
Come learn how to get kids outside and engaged in STEM learning . . . and having fun!
Biomedical Engineering workshops
Sunrise Middle School Conference Room
4611 Avenue N
July 12 & 13, 2018
Collective for Youth
105 North 31st Ave
July 16 & 17, 2018
Day 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Day 2: 8:30 am – 12:00pm. Lunch on your own.
Biomedical engineers develop solutions to medical problems, such as stabilizing fractured bones, tracking blood flow in the body and growing new organs. In this workshop, participants will explore this exciting field through hands-on activities that can be incorporated into their afterschool programs. The workshop content is appropriate for students in grades 4 through 8.
- Design bone fracture stabilizers.
- Prepare tissue engineering scaffolds and explore how organs are made in a lab.
- Treat nanoparticle models to function inside the body as sensors.
The workshop will be led by Drs. Jenny Keshwani, Becky Wachs and Forrest Keivit, Biomedical Engineering faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The materials needed to implement the Biomedical Engineering curriculum are very low cost and in many cases include materials that are on-hand in afterschool programs. Materials will be provided to workshop participants.
Jenny Keshwani, UNL Biomedical Engineer, explains more about this summer’s Biomedical Engineering workshops! Click here.
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What Afterschool STEM Does Best: How Stakeholders Describe Youth Learning Outcomes. (2013). Krishnamurthi, Began, Rinehart, Coulon. Afterschool Matters.
Research: Wearable Technology
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Barker, B., Nugent, G., & Grandgenett, N. F. (2014). Examining fidelity of program implementation in a STEM-oriented out-of-school setting. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 24(1), 39-52.
Barker, B., Melander, J., Grandgenett, N., & Nugent, G. (2015, March). Utilizing Wearable Technologies as a Pathway to STEM. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (Vol. 2015, No. 1, pp. 1782-1788).
Nugent, G., Barker, B., Grandgenett, N. (in press). Wearable Technologies to Promote STEM Learning and Attitudes. Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning 2015.
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Barker, B., Nugent, G., Grandgenett, N., Melander, J., Nelson, C. A., & Leduc-Mills, B. (In Press) Developing an Elementary Engineering Education Program through Problem-Based Wearable Technologies Activities. In Handbook of Research on Wearable and Mobile Technologies in Education. Hershey, PA: Developing an Elementary Engineering Education Program through Problem-Based Wearable Technologies Activities. IGI.
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