Curious People Series: Nurturing the Scientist and Engineer In Everyone | Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center

Nurturing the Scientist and Engineer In Everyone

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is everywhere – in our homes, workplaces, communities, and environment. Therefore, the more knowledgeable and skilled we are at recognizing, understanding, and communicating it, the more interest (and less apprehension) we can have with its use and creation. As a result, a novel approach of using weather balloons to deliver student-generated experiments to near-space allows secondary and first-year college students opportunities to conceive, develop, build, and conduct experiments based on their own perspectives about our world. These near space experiments are developed using science and engineering practices found in professional settings and foster students’ curiosities, discovery, and expression.

Please use the registration link below to register to attend in-person or via zoom. You will be asked how you plan to attend the event, with details for both in-person and zoom attendees in a follow-up email. Note that in-person attendance is limited to the maximum capacity of the room.
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About the Speaker

Derrick Nero, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in UNO’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Nero’s professional experiences, education, research, and involvement make him an expert in engineering and developing STEM education for teachers in training. Throughout his diverse professional experiences, Nero has been involved in projects that range from national security sites to aerial operations and more. He is both well connected and involved in local k-12 schools and the Nebraska Department of Education as the STEM Fellow.

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Curious People: Making a Difference Through Engaged Research

This year, the Curious People Series is spotlighting a diverse array of UNO faculty whose research or creative activity is deeply linked to the community. We call this type of work “Engaged Research” or the “Scholarship of Engagement” — and it’s happening all across campus and in our community. Engaged Research plays an important role at Metropolitan Universities like UNO, as it is defined by collaboration, community partnerships, and tangible contributions to the public good.

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Many thanks to the UNO Office of Research and Creative Activity for being our campus partner in this year’s series.

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