Mid-Nebraska Makerspace Labs link students to new technologies and future employers

July 11, 2019 – In collaboration with Orthman Manufacturing, Education Service Unit #10, Central Community College, and many other sponsors, Dawson Public Power District is bringing three mobile STEM trailers to ESU#10’s service territory, including Buffalo and Dawson Counties.

The Mid-Nebraska Makerspace Labs will travel throughout school districts in a 10-county area of central Nebraska to educate at least 3,300 students on manufacturing industry-related concepts. The trailers will remain at each school for two weeks during the academic year. As part of the project, local business professionals will also work with students on projects intended to build mentoring relationships.

Students will experience new technology like a CNC (computer numerical control) machine, virtual welding, pneumatics, virtual reality and computer coding. The trailers are inspired by the Nebraska Public Power District’s STEM Connections Lab.

Over $75,000 was donated locally in support of MNM. In addition, Orthman Manufacturing accepted the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Developing Youth Talent Initiative Grant on behalf of MNM for $125,000.

The sponsors of the MNM Labs are:

Premier Partner ($10,000+)

  • Orthman Manufacturing
  • Country Partners Cooperative
  • CashWa Distributing
  • Central Community College
  • Dawson Public Power District

 Partner ($3,000-$9,999)

  • City of Lexington
  • Sahling Endowment Fund
  • Pioneer High-Bred Seeds
  • Land O’Lakes Foundation

 Supporter ($750-$2,999)

  • Loup Valley Rural Public Power District
  • Howard-Greeley Rural Public Power District
  • Hornday Manufacturing
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation
  • Applegate Fund for Teachers
  • Bayer Agri Science

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