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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Ask an Astronaut Episode Four Has Landed

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In this episode, Astronaut Tom makes a distinction between Einstein’s general and special theories of relativity, talks about time travel, and demystifies everyone’s favorite irrational number, Pi. And over at the Brain Exchange, Ground Ctrl gives us a sweet technology demo on making your own drone out of legos. Email your questions to therealastronauttom@nullgmail.com 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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The AIM Institute Brings Kid-Friendly Programmable Robots to the Agnes Robinson Waterloo Library to Teach Youth about Technology

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To encourage interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—the AIM Institute’s Brain Exchange will showcase a kid-friendly, programmable robot as part of a fun, family get-together Friday, July 12, 7pm at the Agnes Robinson Waterloo Library, 23704 Cedar Drive. The event is free and open to the public. The Dash robot, designed by Wonder Workshop, […]

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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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Women in Technology: Susan Courtney

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Susan Courtney didn’t go into tech right away. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota, she joined the navy for six years and worked as a naval flight officer. She took some classes to brush up on her programming skills, found a job in technology, and has grown into […]

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