Next Generation Extension Online Course Development Boot CampParticipants will develop their own course while also learning research based techniques for increasing engagement, reducing the stress of course development and maintenance, and understanding the basics of online course infrastructure so that the technology works for you, not against you.
Volunteer Today!Volunteers needed for the First Lego League (FLL) Qualifier Tournament on January 16, 2016
Free Webinar Series to Focus on FinancesNebraska Extension is hosting a series of webinars aim to provide farmers and ranchers with financial principles they can apply to their own operations.
Extension Helps Growers Generate ResultsThe Nebraska On-Farm Research Network provides an opportunity for growers to get questions answered about their own fields.
From Research to RealityNebraska Extension has delivered research-based knowledge to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities and publication.
Kimmel Education and Research Center
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 required....so 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-873-3166 to verify.
Go to http://go.unl.edu/FLLVolunteer 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~~
FIRST® LEGO® League
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 email@example.com
Trash Trek Challenge Overview
Trash Trek Project Overview
Trash Trek Robot Game Overview
~ExtensionCorps Opportunity Here in Nebraska City~
Contact Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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).
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: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1034&context=kimmelfacpub
~~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
Occasionally, we send a quick update to help you keep informed about programs and events here at Kimmel Education and Research Center.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education and Research Center
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5985 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
Next door at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard...
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!
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.