BROKEN BOW— The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Lab has been through the central Nebraska area for the past couple of years. It has been made available to students through the Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) Grant. The grant’s purpose is to connect young Nebraskans to careers in manufacturing and technology sectors.
13 area schools (Anselmo-Merna, Arnold, Ansley, Broken Bow, Callaway, Litchfield, Loup County, McPherson County, Mullen, Sandhills, Sargent, Stapleton, and Thedford) in the Custer Public Power District service territory, have been able to benefit from the STEM Lab. Becton Dickinson and Custer Capable have also been big proponents of the STEM Lab which has 10 sections that encourage students to explore design, engineering, fabrication, and education.
The ten stations include: pneumatics, robotics, virtual reality, 3D carving, vinyl cutter, sparkfun, raspberry and MakMakey, sensor station, smart home, and a 3D printer.
While students have been able to enjoy the benefits of the STEM Lab, it is now the general public’s turn to find out what makes this mobile lab so important and beneficial to students with a weekend of events at CPPD.
On Friday, July 12, Custer Public Power District will be conducting “hot work” demonstrations at 10 AM and 12:30 PM along with PowerTown at 11 AM and 1:30 PM. These demonstrations are geared toward younger children, but all are welcome to attend! Hands on activities and door prizes will also be part of the Friday events. Bucket truck rides and an up close look at lineman equipment will be taking place from 10 AM to 2 PM.
On Saturday, July 13, the Hurts Emergency Donut Vehicle will be making its way to Broken Bow from Lincoln to help raise funds to be donated to the Mobile STEM Lab. The Hurts Donut vehicle will begin selling donuts at approximately 9 AM at CPPD for $20 per box of one dozen donuts before traveling to the Broken Bow City Square and finally ending their tour at the Custer County Fairgrounds.
All funds raised will go through Custer Capable to keep the STEM Lab available to participating schools.
The STEM Lab will also be available to the public on Saturday, July 13 at Custer Public Power from 9 AM to 2 PM. Make your way to CPPD to see what has been happening at schools in the area!