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Imagine Science Omaha

Imagine Science Omaha is one of three ‘Imagine Science’ communities selected for a 3-year national STEM outreach pilot program. The Imagine Science Omaha community is made up of The YMCA of Greater Omaha, Girls Inc. of Omaha, UNL Extension 4-H, and Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. These four organizations are collaborating to bring engaging hands-on STEM activities for 9 to 14 year-old youth in North and South Omaha. These organizations are working together to expose underserved youth in STEM various science, engineering, technology, and math activities (STEM). Imagine Science is hoping to spark a life-long STEM interest that will hopefully continue on through their education and/or onto a career.

A Look Back at Imagine Science Omaha (years 1 & 2) 2015-2016

2016’s programming focus was mainly on the unserved and underserved youth in 6th to 8th grades of greater North and South Omaha. Imagine Science had several camps. The camps and events varied from Chemical reactions to Simple Machines.

2015’s focus was mainly on all ages of unserved and underserved youth in greater Omaha. The events were small and large, publicized, pop-ups, and clubs within each organization.

Upcoming Plans for 2017

Please take some time learning more about Imagine Science Omaha by viewing the activities, camps and event photos on all our social media sites which include; this website, Instagram, Facebook, the Imagine Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Fall Clubs

From August to December Imagine Staff members guided students through STEM based activities and self driven projects. Most clubs concluded with the STEM Showcase. The staff got to know many students at several schools in OPS and at their own organizations, from McMillian, Marrs, Morton, Lewis & Clark, Indian Hill, Jackson, and more. Take a look.

Robotics Competition 2016

Saturday December 3rd, 2016, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands hosted the First Lego League Omaha Qualifier. The plan is after the 18 teams compete, seven teams would qualify and move onto the Regional qualifier in Ashland in February. Each team that arrived was excited to compete and nervous to present. There were several teams that had competed in past years and only 2 or 3 teams that had never competed before. Four teams did not even arrive to compete. The Imagine Science team, The Silverback Scientists arrived with some presentation practice under their belts. They had been at the STEM Showcase two weeks earlier and won the presentation competition. It was a fun, interesting, and a great learning experience for everyone involved. Way to go Silverback Scientists who won the Judge’s Award trophy due to the team’s fight, courtesy, and constant ‘never give up’ attitude.

Imagine Science STEM Showcase

On November 19th, 2016, I attended the first annual Imagine Science STEM Showcase at the UNO Fieldhouse. I had so much fun. There were ten other Imagine Science after-school clubs that also displayed and explained their projects for the judges. It was a so much fun to eat the treats with my friends from school, see each team’s t-shirts, present my project, participate in the Mannequin activity, and listen for Ms. Liz to call my name for a door prize ticket (which I won free movie tickets). In the end it was such an exciting day and it was cool to find out who the BIG winners of the projects were and what prizes they picked. They had so many cool choices! Even better, as we were headed to our buses we got an Imagine backpack full of stuff! I can’t wait for next year!

Imagine Science Summer Camps Rocked!

Our summer Imagine Science camps were FANTASTIC this year! From Mad Scientists, Simple Machines, to Yum, Fizz, Boom, and Aquatic Engineering!(just take a peek below) Students from all around Omaha learned about chemical reactions, engineering, levers, physics, and SLIME!

Thank you to all the organizations, staff, and students who made it such a successful summer! See you all next summer!

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