Tech Education

Ground CTRL to Astronaut Tom

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The AIM Institute is excited to announce an enlightening new question-and-answer video series, Ask an Astronaut, featuring Astronaut Tom as host. Ask an Astronaut gives viewers the opportunity to ask a real-life astronaut whatever’s on their mind. While the series naturally tilts toward all things STEAM, Astronaut Tom will answer literally anything—anything—as long as it’s […]

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Upward Bound Senior Spotlight: Rebant Shrestha

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“Gotta keep the grind going.” Papillion-La Vista Senior Rebant Shrestha (above, third from left) lives by this maxim. It’s served him well. In the fall he’ll attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha to study aviation on a number of scholarships, including a Dean’s scholarship and two POC-support scholarships. He has worked hard and excelled […]

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Women in Technology: Marina Brown

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Technology was not Marina Brown’s first choice of profession. Originally from Bulgaria, Brown is the daughter of medical professionals who urged her to become a doctor. She wasn’t interested in medicine, however. And as high school slid toward college, she began noticing how new technology was coming out all the time—and that programmers had fairly […]

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Highlander Code Camp Builds Tomorrow’s Tech Workforce

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Teach a kid to code, and they can debug their life. Studies have shown that programming benefits a child’s cognitive development, especially reflectivity and divergent thinking skills, both crucial to creative problem-solving. Learning how to code also helps children enhance their metacognitive abilities, so that they can think about the way they think. Metacognition training […]

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Underwater Robot Wars at Monroe Middle School

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Last Friday, students at Monroe Middle School battled each other by proxy at the underwater robot wars. Since October, two teams of students in the AIM TRIO Talent Search program have been building their own Remotely Operated Vehicles. They have worked with instructors from the AIM Brain Exchange, as well as teachers for Monroe’s Science […]

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Upward Bound Student Spotlight: Alexis Hamilton

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When she becomes a psychiatrist, Papillion-La Vista High School graduating senior Alexis Hamilton (above, second from left) wants to use technology to reach people in rural communities who would not otherwise be able to access the care they need. That’s good, because according to a 2017 report by the physician search firm Merritt Hawkins, there’s […]

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SmartBiz Omaha Showcases Cutting-Edge Community Tech

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When the eyes of a slack-mouthed robot boy dart toward you and a prerecorded voice whines from its rubbery frame—“I want to go home”—you can thank the latest smart technology for any heebie jeebies you feel. HAL is a simulated patient developed through the UNMC iEXCEL program, which employs simulation and visualization technology in healthcare […]

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Women in Tech: Camille Eddy

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Growing up, Camille Eddy wanted to be an astronaut. She went to space camp, loved Star Trek, and was even mentored by former NASA mission specialist Barbara Morgan. Part of being an astronaut, Eddy discovered, involved developing STEM skills. So she began programming at age 12, started her own web design business at age 17, […]

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