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Volunteers Needed for First Lego League (FLL) Qualifier Tournament on January 16th

Nebraska City will be hosting a First Lego League Qualifier tournament at Nebraska City Public School on January 16th.  Your help is needed to make this 32 team tournament go smoothly.  Robotics, engineering, and math skills are not whether you have those skills or not, we have a volunteer match for you. FLL Volunteer Positions

 You must however be 13 years old to volunteer.  High school youth may be able to use these hours for community service hours.  Contact Deb Weitzenkamp at or 402-873-3166 to verify.

 Go to to view all the positions available and to register.  You do not need to pay a background fee, just click through the process.  

 Thank you for volunteering!

Download and play our new FREE #Happy Orchard App

It is fun and educational, too. We're excited to introduce our pollinator friends at #HappyOrchard to you! For Ipads only, go to your App store, search for #HappyOrchard and download for FREE!


Also, please enjoy these downloadable coloring pages and share with your friends.

Click on each page shown, print, and have some fun!

Let's Creatively Grow Together...

~~Youth and Child Development~~


Teams are currently underway at
Nebraska City Middle School (Contact Deane Nielson) and Nebraska City Lourdes (Contact Cathy Thomas).

What is FIRST® LEGO® League?

It is MUCH more than playing with legos! The First® Lego® League team members develop teamwork by planning, brainstorming and collaborating. The youth meet after school weekly and their research, presentation and technical skills are put to test at First® Lego® League competitions. Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, along with volunteer adult coaches, parents and school staff, guide students to prepare for competition.

First® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. In 1998 he joined with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen of LEGO® to create the program, First® Lego® League, for 9 to 14 year olds around the world. Regional competitions will provide an opportunity for area teams to advance to the state competition in February.

For information about youth development programs, contact Dr. Deborah Weitzenkamp at the UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center - 402-873-3166 or email


Check out these videos to learn more about FIRST® LEGO® League:
Trash Trek Challenge Overview
Trash Trek Project Overview
Trash Trek Robot Game Overview

~ExtensionCorps Opportunity Here in Nebraska City~

Contact Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp at if you'd like to chat about this position and learn more.

~~Summer Workshop Opportunities~~

We are excited about your child's potential to grow their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...and we are super excited about building a better partnership for your child's educational future! Take a closer look at some of the workshops we offer.

These students were enthustiastic about learning during Code Camp.       

Code Camp                                 

Youth had  the opportunity to learn introductory computer science!  This class wss designed for anyone interested in coding'¦if you can read, you can code in this game environment!  Youth learned critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity to help them excel at problem solving in all subject areas!

Code Camp Train-the-Trainer

Train-the-Trainer was designed to train an adult or teen to help youth learn introductory computer science!  This class was designed for anyone interested in helping youth learn coding in a game environment!  Trainers learned to assist with critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity to help youth excel at problem solving in all subject areas!

First Lego League                               

An introduction for Middle School students to build and command robots to perform functions like grasp an object, hit a ball, avoid obstacles and more! A creative learning experience and great fun, too! Complete real-world engineering and computer science challenges. This camp was held at Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City.                                      

Makey Makey

Reimagining uses for everyday objects by turning them into a video game controller, keyboard, piano, or whatever possible to imagine is what the learners tried at this camp.  If you like Design & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or hands-on making, then watch for more sessions like this.  This camp was recently held at Kimmel Education and Research Center.




Junk Drawer Robotics

By: Deb Weitzenkamp, PhD, Extension Educator in Child and Youth Development

Students at a local elementary recently learned about science, technology, engineering and math -- all using miscellaneous things from Dr. Deb's junk drawer! From a catapult to a 3D tic-tac-toe game to a robotic arm, the students engineered these items using  tape, string, cups, styrofoam, tubing, syringes, rubberbands, washers, and did we say "tape" --- lots of tape! The students learned to sort and identify, draw their plan on paper and experiment for best results. The class met once a week after school for six weeks.

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Plan your April & May Friday Field Trips...
Fun & Educational at Kimmel

Now scheduling for Pre K through 8th grade

By: Deb Weitzenkamp, PhD, Extension Educator in Child and Youth Development

Take your class on an exciting and educational field trip to Kimmel in Nebraska City. For only $5 per youth, your class or youth group will get to experience hands-on learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education and Research Center, as well as the Kimmel Orchard. Each field trip will include your selected educational experience led by Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp, a guided tour of the Apple Barn, and a hayrack ride through the orchard (weather permitting).

If you are interested in more information about any of these workshops, classes or field trips, contact Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp at 402-873-3166 or email

Be part of a team where youth and adults learn, grow and work together for positive change.
The application process includes the Youth Protection 4-H Volunteer Screening Process and the Nebraska 4-H Code of Ethics. To download the Youth Protection Screening Form, go to:


~~Community Vitality Initiative~~

One of our focus areas in Extension is committed to fostering the future of Nebraska communities through:

  • Creating 21st century communities attractive to young adults and families
  • Engaging youth and young adults in civic and leadership opportunities
  • Increasing employment by growing Nebraska's businesses



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5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska   68410

 Next door at Kimmel Orchard & display of stacked jellies

The Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Historic Apple Barn located right next door is 
OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 30  and then will close for the season. Be sure to stop in before then for your holiday gifting needs!

 CLICK HERE for the Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard website


The UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center represents a unique public-private partnership between the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Educational Foundation, Inc. and the University of Nebraska. It is located at 5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska, next to the historic Apple Barn at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, northwest of Nebraska City.


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