K-12 Tech Education

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Virtual Workforce Development Approach Encourages Youth to Dig Themselves, Discover Their Talents and Compete for Prize Money

By SPN Newsroom / April 4, 2020

When CEO of Symphony Workforce Todd Smith speaks about Discover Your Genius, a workforce development challenge for high school and college students, enthusiasm brightens his voice.  When he describes what DYG (“dig”) has done for underserved youth across Nebraska—particularly in rural areas where food deserts, poverty and lack of mental health services persist—it’s hard to…

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Nearly 1,000 Iowa Junior High Students Learned to Code Today. That’s Good News.

By Tom McCauley / December 11, 2019

Today, with the help of the AIM Institute, nearly 1,000 students at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Council Bluffs learned the fundamentals of computer programming as part of the international Hour of Code initiative.  Principal Mike Naughton expressed his excitement over every student getting a firsthand experience with coding during their science classes. “Anytime…

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2nd Annual Future Builders Challenge brings students to the stage

By Aidan Chapman / July 17, 2019

This weekend, I attended the 2nd Annual Future Builders Challenge, hosted by Buildertrend, a successful Omaha startup. As Silicon Prairie News’s resident high school student, I had the pleasure of going through the event as a participant rather than an observer, which gave me an opportunity to experience the event hands-on, observe wonderful volunteer speakers,…

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Lincoln’s Future Builders – Building Lincoln’s Future

By Rich Claussen / July 1, 2019

The identification, recruitment, development and retention of talent to Lincoln is vital to building on the entrepreneurial momentum in the city. So back in 2016, the Prosper Lincoln community agenda began to look at more intentional efforts to better connect high school students to their innovation and entrepreneurial talents.

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2018 AIM Tech Celebration inspired and recognized Omaha’s local tech talent community

By SPN Newsroom / November 16, 2018

Last night, AIM Tech Celebration welcomed over 300 of the Silicon Prairie’s tech professionals and supporters to Founders One|Nine in downtown Omaha for an awards ceremony recognizing those who have made a profound impact within the local tech community. The uplifting evening was made possible by generous sponsorships and donations from the local community, and…

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Six education startups named to LEANLAB Education’s K12 Fellowship

By SPN Team / July 18, 2018

Six education entrepreneurs developing new technologies, tools and services to enhance teaching and learning will participate in LEANLAB Education’s K12 Fellowship this year. The LEANLAB Education K12 Fellowship is an accelerator program for startup ventures focused on solving real problems within education. This year’s Cohort 5 Fellows will work with coaches and mentors from Kansas…

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