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Supporting STEM Education in Rural Communities

Monday, July 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Ag-Tech Incubators: Decentralized STEM Education in Nebraska

Presented by Chad Johnson, Senior Education Specialist for Nebraska Public Power District, Co-Founder and CEO of Grain Weevil, and President and Founder of Youth Engaged in Technology and Innovation; and Ben Johnson, Chief Innovation Officer, Grain Weevil

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Innovation has always had a home in agriculture. The same is true now more than ever if rural districts can get access to the necessary resources to support that spark. Chad Johnson, the senior education specialist for Nebraska Public Power District, has three jobs and each one supports STEM education in rural Nebraska in a BIG way.

In this recorded edWebinar, see an example of how rural education STEM initiatives directly led to the founding of an Ag-Tech startup making waves in grain bins and tech circles alike. By viewing this recorded edWebinar, you will:

  • Expand your definition of a makerspace
  • Examine your preconceived notions of rural districts and their challenges
  • See what community support and follow-through can lead to
  • Enrich your instruction
  • Be able to apply benefits of STEM innovation and incubator philosophy in your classroom
  • Connect and apply theory to modern industry examples for your students
  • Demonstrate applications of Silicon Valley ideas and connect them with local STEM initiatives

Watch to learn about and see the Grain Weevil robot, the need for innovation and STEM education in agricultural communities, and Chad’s creative approach to decentralized professional development and how he drives innovation through a community model. Hear from the CEO, CIO, and co-founders of an up-and-coming agriculture-technology robotics company, see an innovative approach to makerspaces in a low-income area, and get creative with funding for tech in your district.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the elementary through high school levels. 


Chad JohnsonAbout the Presenters

Chad Johnson has over 20 years of informal science education experience, including exhibit design, curriculum development, and program facilitation. Chad was a NASA MESSENGER Fellow, the Association of Science and Technology Centers’ Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award Winner, and the recipient of the American Public Power Associations Energy Innovator award.


Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Ben has been very active in competitive robotics winning awards and honors throughout high school, including winning the U.S. Open Championships. Now, Ben serves on the board of the Youth Engaged in Technology and Innovation non-profit organization and often mentors robotics programs throughout Nebraska. This spring Ben was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in the Eat It! Category.


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Monday, July 19, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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