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Upcoming Workshops

2017 Workshops


Workshop Descriptions


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APPLY to Attend a Summer 2017 WearTec Workshop.

The Wearable Technologies (WearTec) project seeks to create and deliver a series of hands-on, minds-on activities to engage middle school youth (grades 4-6) in authentic STEM learning. The activities, based on wearable technologies, use a small sewable micro-controller (really small computer), sensors, conductive thread and LEDs to create a “smart” textile. In this program, youth will merge engineering design, computer programming, their understanding of circuitry, innovative problem solving skills, artistry and entrepreneurial skills to solve authentic STEM problems within an engineering context. Workshop participants will receive electronic components needed for implementation with students.

July 12 -14, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day
Norfolk Community College
Lifelong Learning Center
Norfolk, NE

Lunch on your own.
$140.00 stipend each day for certified teachers

Workshop is now closed to certified teachers.
Please contact Kim Larson ( if you are an informal educator wanting to attend the workshop and plan to implement the curriculum in an afterschool or summer program.
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July 25-27
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day
Gretna/Whitetail Creek Elementary School
19110 Greenleaf Street
Omaha, NE
Lunch on your own.
$140.00 stipend each day for certified teachers
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August 1-3, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day
Crete Intermediate School
1700 Glenwood Ave
Crete, NE   68333
Lunch on your own.
$140.00 stipend each day for certified teachers



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 21st CCLC summer programs. The workshop content is appropriate for students in grades 4 through 8.  This two-day workshop will take place at ESU 13 in Scottsbluff, NE and will include a tour of state of the art research laboratories at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Participants will get to:

  • 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 Dr. Angie Pannier, Biomedical Engineer and Associate Professor, UNL, Nicole Iverson, Biomedical Engineering and Assistant Professor, Dr. Jenny Keshwani, Biomedical Engineer and Assistant Professor, UNL, and Dr. Krista Adams, Science Education and Assistant Professor, UNL.

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.

July 25-26, 2017
Educational Service Unit 13
4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE

Day 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm;
Day 2: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm;

Lunch on your own.

  • All workshop participants will receive materials needed to implement activities to take back to their schools.
  • Certified teachers who attend will receive $140.00 daily stipend, PLUS a $320.00 implementation stipend.


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