ESU 10 Student Activities  

December 15, 2014
ESU 10 offers several student activities throughout the year. These activities give the students in our region the opportunity to use critical thinking skills, to work collaboratively with others, and learn skills that can prepare them for experiences outside of the classroom. Student activities hosted by ESU 10 staff include:

Elementary Science Olympiad

The 1st annual ESU 10 Elementary Science Olympiad was held on December 8th, 2014. The Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) is the perfect complement to any 4-6 science program. ESO events take advantage of the natural curiosity of each child, and allow for in-depth hands-on experiences. These programs are designed to utilize ordinary classroom and household supplies and materials.  

Regional Science Olympiad 

The Division B (grades 6-9) & C (grades 9-12) Science Olympiad will be held at UNK on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Information pertaining to Nebraska State and Regional Science Olympiad can be found at https://nebraskaacademyofsciences.wildapricot.org/ScienceOlympiad/.

Nebraska has a rare opportunity as the host for the National Science Olympiad in 2015. For the past 31 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,000 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.  

Middle School & High School Quiz Bowl

Quiz bowl is a supplementary academic activity in which teams of students represent their school. Knowledge in all its forms is celebrated through teamwork and competition. Academic areas include history, literature, science, current events, sports, fine arts, and pop culture.  

Invention Convention

The purpose of the Regional Invention Convention is to provide a forum for schools across the region to showcase their students’ best inventions. Students are given the opportunity to find out about real inventions and fantasy inventions, real inventors, and the inventive process. Students will use both their creative and critical thinking skills to develop an invention.  Invention Convention is designed for children in grades 1st through 8th.  

Build a Computer Day

The ESU 10 technology training team along with technology majors from UNK provide assistance to students as they build their computers. Participants gain a better understanding of the working components of a computer and become familiar with Web 2.0 tools that support both education and personal use. This class is offered to schools for students in grades 10-12 having a strong interest in technology. 

Broadband Conference Youth Track

The non-profit organization Aim hosted a two-day Broadband Connecting Nebraska conference at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. Students got hands-on experience with new technologies like drones, GoPro cameras, and Google Glass glasses. Instructors showed students the potential those products could have at school. Jason Everett with ESU 10 says “they’re part of an exploratory program looking at how to use new technologies in traditional classroom settings.” Businesses also had representatives on hand to show how they use cutting edge tech in their industries.
The NTV article describing the event can be found at http://www.nebraska.tv/story/26683644/tech-conference-lets-students-learn-hands-on.

-by Dianah Steinbrink, Teaching & Learning Coordinator