Youth

AIM Institute’s Cybersleuth Camp Teaches High School Girls about Technology, Cybersecurity, Digital Citizenship

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Last Friday, 18 high school girls graduated from the AIM Institute’s 2019 Cybersleuth Camp in an afternoon ceremony at the AIM Brain Exchange. About 40 people attended the graduation to show their support for the next generation of tech talent. AIM’s Cybersleuth Camp is a weeklong cybersecurity camp for girls that seeks to raise interest […]

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Upward Bound Summer Academy Concludes with Poetry, Music

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Last Wednesday, students in AIM’s Upward Bound Summer Academy concluded five weeks of intensive STEAM instruction with a poetry reading on the historic Trading Room Floor of the AIM Exchange Building.  Under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson High School English instructor Evan Freemyer, students read their work to a rapt audience of fellow teens and […]

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Upward Bound Senior Spotlight: DeShauna Johnson

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DeShauna Johnson is interested in comedy. When asked if she’d ever participated in an improv show or a comedy open mic, the recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate deadpanned, “I am the mic. And I improvise every day of my life.”  That spirit of improvisation has helped Johnson continually reimagine and revise her vision for […]

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Ask an Astronaut Episode 3, Featuring Guest Director Michael Wu, Hits the Internet Today

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This week, we are joined by guest director Michael Wu. Michael is attending Summer Academy, a free, seven-week long summer program that continues the intensive academic support and tech education we provide our Upward Bound students during the school year. (Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program that helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in […]

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Highlander Code Camp Students Visit Hudl

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Last Thursday, Highlander Code Camp students toured the Lincoln headquarters of Hudl, a video streaming service for athletes and coaches to review and improve gameplay. With over 1,900 employees and satellite offices in Omaha, Boston, London, Sydney, and Mumbai, Hudl is one of the Silicon Prairie’s most impressive tech entrepreneurial success stories.  The field trip […]

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Ask an Astronaut Episode 2 is Live!

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In this week’s episode of Ask an Astronaut, AIM Institute’s resident spaceman and STEAM advocate tackles the issues of space junk, what blastoff feels like, loneliness in outer space, and how much math you need to know to become a programmer. With apologies to Pauly D of MTV’s Jersey Shore (you’ll have to watch the […]

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Upward Bound Senior Spotlight: Ayo Oludipe

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“I love math.” This is beautiful music to a schoolteacher’s ears whenever a student says it—and means it. Ayo Oludipe (above, left) means it. The Papillion La Vista graduating senior loves math, chemistry, anything to do with science and she has worked hard at them. Her dedication is taking her to UNL in the fall […]

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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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