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Garden County Schools

Garden County Schools flyerSTEM Club

This ELO project focused on the development of a STEM Club for students in grades K-2 and 3-5. Both age groups learned how to use technology for the purpose of photography and editing, as well as recording videos about themselves and their rockets, including the launch. Students built Estes rockets with variable designs in fin structure, self-selected their engines, and launched outside. The robot unit encompassed Dot and Dash robots in which primary students “trained” their robots using predesigned programs and iPads in groups of three. At the end of the unit, many students were actually programming their robots’ movement using simple coding programs. The older students built E-Z robots, then coded sophisticated robot movements to perform various challenges in an obstacle course setting. They shared their robots with parents, at the local senior centers, and care facility.

Garden County Schools - CHAMPSPrimary project partners include:

  • UNL Extension
  • Volunteers of American Western NE nonprofit
  • Garden County Schools and Ministerial Association
  • TeamMates mentors
  • Turner Board

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Garden County School Elementary’s 21st CCLC Enhanced Learning Opportunity Program

Garden County STEM Club Movie

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Expanded Learning Opportunity Grants
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Fax: (402) 742-2371
Web Site: Expanded Learning Opportunity Site

Jan Handa, Grants Manager
Phone: 402.471.0876


Chadron Public Schools

NE One-Year Opportunity Grant - Chadron Middle SchoolRegional Science, History, and Entrepreneurship

The Chadron Middle School (CMS) afterschool program targeted the subgroup of high ability learners (HAL) which represent approximately 25% of program’s regular attendees. This grant provided additional funding to expand community partner collaboration, transportation for afterschool field trips designed to connect the students to expanded learning opportunities connected to work they were doing during the school day. ESI: Entrepreneurship Investigation, is a UNL Extension Curriculum, taught by an Extension educator and afterschool staff member, that supported students as they developed business plans, made products, and sold them at market place. CMS students were also invited to compete at the NE Capital. Field trips taken to local and regional sites of historical and scientific importance expanded student knowledge of our area for possible history day or science fair projects. 

Image - Chadron PS GrantPrimary project partners include:

  • Chadron State College Science Department, Planetarium,
  • Rangeland Center, Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center
  • UNL Extension – Dawes County
  • First National Bank of Chadron
  • Ta-Da Quilt Shop, Whitney Tewahade, owner
  • Outlaw Printers, Matt Reeves, owner
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Red Cloud Heritage Center, Pine Ridge, SD
  • Toadstool Geologic Park
  • Hudson-Meng Geologic Park
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Journey Museum – Rapid City, SD
  • Museum of the Fur Trade

Collective for Youth – Omaha

Collective for Youth - OmahaCollective for Youth - OmahaOmaha Engineering and Art

Collective for Youth’s Omaha Engineering and Art project was concentrated on developing 21st century skills and exposing students to a variety of careers. The project enhance the existing afterschool programs in three areas- engineering, agriculture, and the creative arts. In addition to expanding programming, the project focused on strengthening the professional development options for staff members. Within the year, several trainings were available for staff members to learn how to provide hands on programming directly related to engineering, agriculture and creative arts.

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Primary project partners include:

  • Urban League of Nebraska
  • Nothing But Net
  • Completely KIDS
  • YMCA of Greater Omaha
  • Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Nebraskans for Civic Reform
  • Center for Holistic Development
  • Kids Can Community Center Union for Contemporary Art
  • Drone 8
  • University of Nebraska Extension office
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Two-Year Opportunity Grant

The Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Program Act was created by the Nebraska Legislature to promote academic achievement in high-need schools during out-of-school time afterschool and during summer break.  Beginning July 1, 2016, one percent of proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery are transferred to this fund.  A competition for Two-Year Opportunity Grants was held in summer 2017.  These grants require a partnership contributing a 1:1 match of the grant award.  Partnerships must include a school district and at least one community-based organization, agency or business.  Eligible afterschool sites must be receiving funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Continuation Grant.  Thirteen grants were awarded which will provide programming at 43 afterschool sites during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. 

Grant recipients include:

* Award amounts subject to finalization of grant budget.


Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Program Act

One-Year Opportunity Grant

In 2016, the Nebraska Legislature appropriated $250,000 to be awarded through competition to partnerships of school districts and community-based organizations, and administered by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). This was a one-time appropriation to provide expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) through programming and other support activities and services in existing 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs).  The project period was August 5, 2016 – June 30, 2017.


2016-17 Statewide Evaluation Summary

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