A mobile STEM Connections Lab is a traveling makerspace, encouraging students to ‘figure things out’.

STEM Connections Lab is a Traveling MakerspaceThere are 11 technical stations in Nebraka Public Power District’s STEM Connections Lab which visits schools across the state. The lab is part of the utility’s Pathways to a Technical Future program.

Senior education specialist for NPPD Chad Johnson commented “Simply put, we want kids to figure things out. We want them to know that figuring it out is an employable skill in the work force.”

According to Johnson, the makers education movement is open sourced, promoting hands on learning or creating via makerspaces for design, engineering, fabrication and education.

Pathways integrates local schools and businesses through student led activities and technology.  Knowledge and application is connected, which leads students to think up innovative solutions to problems and create new ideas.

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