University of South Dakota’s High School Robotic Programming Contest

University of South Dakota’s 40th annual High School Robotic Programming Contest. The contest will take place in the Muenster University Center on Friday, April 10, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m.

This event is a great opportunity for students to practice their programming skills, collaborate with their peers and get to know the USD Computer Science Department. In the past, this event was solely a programming contest. Four years ago, the department revamped the competition to include robot programming, and the event has since bloomed into a major event for high school teams in the area. In 2017, the University of South Dakota hosted 29 teams, with over 100 participants from 16 high schools, and we awarded over $50,000 in housing scholarships to the top ten teams.

TWIST: Teen Women in Science and Technology

Interested students are invited to attend 2020 TWIST, hosted by Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus!

Thursday, Jan. 9 | Check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

TWIST, or Teen Women in Science and Technology, is a one-day conference to expose teen women across the state to various career possibilities. TWIST is open to any young woman in ninth through 12th grade.  Students must register individually to choose their top 5 career sessions.

Learn more about 2020 TWIST!

Student career sessions available (students will choose top 5 during registration):

  • Chiropractic Care
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Services
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Professional Pilot
  • Realty
  • Research Scientist
  • Zoo Veterinarian Medicine

No cost to attend! Lunch and t-shirt included.

Join us for TWIST!

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Register by Thursday, Dec. 19.

Gettysburg College Summer Academic Programs

Gettysburg College will be offering several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, or information technology. Information about the academic camps is listed below:

  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp – Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too – Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring electronics, and building robots through the open source software and hardware. This camp is an introduction into the world of coding robotics and electronics.
  • Camp Psych – Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Civil War Era Studies Camp – Students will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying the American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. They will explore the circumstances leading to the war, investigate significant battles during the war, and explore the condition of the United States after the war.
  • Young Writers’ Workshop – Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – Scholarship – The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war’s most decisive battle.

Girl Scouts USA Delegation Application

This March, Renae Ninneman, Program Specialist with the Girl Scouts of Nebraska,  will be taking a team of 4 girls from around Nebraska to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York City. I will also be taking them on an additional trip to an international location, either Paris in July or Mexico in May to the United Nations Global Gender Equality Forum (details TBD). It’s an incredible opportunity to represent Nebraska on an international stage, learn about gender equality and advocacy, and there is no cost to the girl. This is all in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, and there will be a total of 16 girls from 4 states in the delegation to the UN.

I am accepting applications from girls who live all over the state, but Girl Scouts has interest in recruiting a high school girl from a refugee background to attend in March. If are a high school girl who meets the following criteria, you may apply.


  • In 9th-11th grade
  • Has time to commit to preparations over the next year, like webinars and trainings and readings
  • Parents willing to allow her to travel with Girl Scouts
  • Able to travel internationally
  • Confident in sharing her voice and experience-not afraid to speak out
  • Interested in opportunities that can change her life
  • Understands the importance of gender equality and girl’s and women’s rights
  • Able to complete a service project next year, after the trips, on the topic of gender equality
  • Can fill out the application ASAP and complete an in person interview by November 8th
  • Participants does not need to drive or does not need be a Girl Scout right now.
  • In the following webinar, thee first 8 ½ minutes is the relevant part, about the Commission on the Status of Women, and the rest is about a separate program.

Application * Deadline: November 4th, 2019

Please contact Renae Ninneman if you have any questions!

NMC Student Sponsorship Programs

For over 20 years, NMC has partnered with diesel technology schools in the midwest, offering a premier sponsorship opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in the heavy equipment industry. In collaboration with the Midwest’s finest diesel technology schools, our programs include:

  • Two paid summer internships (dependent upon student start date)
  • Paid Tuition, Books, Fees, Uniforms (up to a $10,000 value)
  • Toolbox (up to a $7,000 value)
  • Personalized mentoring during the summer and school year
  • Opportunity to earn an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology
  • Employment and career progression opportunities with NMC

To apply, click here.

Click Here to apply or contact Talent Solutions for additional information. Email us at or call at 402-891-7555.

Hope Spoke’s Active Parenting Programs

Active Parenting Classes are enrolling now!

Parents of 5-12 Year Olds: 11/4/19 to 12/9/19, Mondays 5-7pm

Parents of 0-5 Year Olds: 11/7/19 to 12/5/19, Thursdays 4-6pm (excluding 11/28/19)

Parents of Teens/Adolescents: 11/18/19 to 12/23/19, Mondays 1:30-3:30pm

Contact Alicia Waltman, MA, LIMHP, LADC, LPC at HopeSpoke for more information or to make a referral at (402) 475-7666 or

Class fee is $40.00; however, a reduced rate as low of $5.00 based upon income is possible. Materials are included. A snack and an incentive is offered for participants that attend all of the course sessions.

The Active Parenting Program is made possible through the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln