Math and Science Campers Treated to Surprise Visit on President’s One-Year Anniversary
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken celebrated his one-year anniversary as president by spending some time with future university students. Distant future, to be more precise; the students he met still buy their lunches in elementary and middle school cafeterias.

On August 1, Milliken visited the Aim for the Stars Summer Camp, an initiative of the Durham Science Center and the College of Arts and Sciences and Education at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The camps are open to fourth through eight graders, and offer fun, hands-on activities for learning about math and science. Campers spend their days on the UNO campus, and take their pick of classes ranging from Forensics Investigation to Chemistry to Robotics.

The camp’s mission echoes several of the strategic goals of Milliken’s administration: raising interest in math and science education at a young age, engaging students from a wide range of backgrounds in order to highlight the opportunities that a college education can provide, and ultimately, increasing the state’s college going rate. This summer, more than 1185 students participated in 60 UNO camps, and similar programs are held on other NU campuses.

Milliken noted, “To be competitive in the knowledge economy, the United States must educate more scientists and engineers. Programs like Aim for the Stars are great because they spark interest in these important fields at an early age.”

Milliken, counselor Julie Reiff, and Brian Jesteadt, a seventh grader at Westside Middle School, exploring tessalations and the Fibinacci Sequence.

Milliken looks on as David Guinn, a sixth grader at Rumsey Station in Papillion, operates the "Bug" from the Pitsco Lego Dacto Robolab kit. David and his partner programmed the robot to spin for 5 seconds.

Milliken and campers (l to r) Steven Hanna, a seventh grader at St. Vincent DePaul and Will Taylor, a seventh grader at Norris Jr. High, get a lesson from UNO student and camp counselor Trevor Brown.

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