School Programs Stoking a Passion for STEM Highlighted in July 18 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’

News Release Date: 
July 3, 2013

For Immediate Release

School Programs Stoking a Passion for STEM Highlighted in  July 18 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 3, 2013) -- Today’s top jobs, and those of the future, rely on skills learned in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, often called STEM. These skills are sought by private and public employers and the need for workers with these skills is growing. One way to satisfy that demand is by helping school children develop a love of STEM disciplines.

The July episode of NET’s series “The State of Education in Nebraska” looks at public school programs designed to fuel that passion for STEM. The program airs Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m. CT on NET2 World.

From robotics, to environmental sciences, to architecture and engineering, to food sciences, “STEM: Key Building Blocks for Our Future” will explore several ways schools are getting students excited about STEM and the limitless career opportunities that await them.

Among  the projects featured on the 30-minute program are outdoor classroom experiences at Newman Grove Public Schools, a school-wide recycling program managed by fourth-grade students at Omaha’s Lothrop Magnet Center and the Nebraska Robotics Expo, an annual competition that attracts more than 80 teams of students statewide.

This episode is produced by Nebraska Loves Public Schools, an initiative funded by the Sherwood Foundation with the goal of building pride in Nebraska’s public schools, to air as part of NET’s “State of Education in Nebraska” series.

Viewers are encouraged to visit NElovesPS’s MindMixer website ( to continue the dialogue online.

The “State of Education in Nebraska” is a two-year initiative led by NET Learning Services and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. A statewide transmedia effort, “State of Education in Nebraska” examines issues and connects Nebraskans to the important role that innovative school-community partnerships can have on improving student achievement.

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Since its inception in 2011, the Nebraska Loves Public Schools campaign (NElovesPS) has traveled across the state to tell the story of successful public schools and educators. Funded by The Sherwood Foundation, its goal is simple: instill a sense of pride in Nebraska’s public schools to encourage investment from parents, businesses, lawmakers and the community as a whole. NElovesPS – a 2013 Webby Awards Official Honoree – features a series of mini-documentaries filmed at schools across the state. To learn more visit, or follow us on Facebook ( or Twitter (@nelovesps).