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Ideas + Brainstorming + Collaboration = Lots of fun! At a hackathon, people from different walks of life get together, form teams, and work to develop a unique solution for the presented challenge. All ages. All design skills. All talents. Bring your own technology devices.
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. In Nebraska, 1-in-3 age-eligible youth participates in 4-H, which is present in all 93 counties. These youth, ages 5-18, participate through camps, clubs, school enrichment, and afterschool programs. All 4-H programs are consistent in placing strong emphasis on life skills, such as problem solving, responsibility, citizenship, and leadership.
Youth will be excited to learn introductory computer science in a game environment! Code Camp is designed for ages 8-13 interested in coding. If you can read, then you can code! Excel at problem solving in all subject areas.
The Community Vitality Initiative is focused on launching the heart and soul of the state, its rural and urban communities, into the future by focusing on entrepreneurship, recruiting new residents, disaster recovery, broadband access, engaging youth and young adults, and building businesses.
Would you like to make a difference in a child's life? Would you like to learn and work for positive change? Then VOLUNTEER TODAY!! and be part of a team where youth and adults learn, grow and work together for positive change.
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 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.

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Nebraska Extension offers resources to flood victims
Mar 22 – As Nebraskans begin returning to their homes in the aftermath of widespread historic flooding, Nebraska Extension has mobilized a number of resources to aid in the road to recovery. Read more
Sequenced Genome of Ancient Crop Could Raise Yields
Mar 5 – An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages. Read more