NPPD’s Outreach Program identifies, develops, coordinates, and implements outreach activities targeted at ensuring the future availability of a qualified workforce to meet NPPD’s employment needs and continuously promotes NPPD as an employer of choice to potential future applicants.
One of NPPD’s Outreach Program goals is to identify outreach activities that promote the importance of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the schools.
NPPD has partnered with CREATE Foundation utilizing their robotics program to promote STEM within Nebraska high schools and middle schools. The CREATE Foundation’s mission is “To inspire and prepare the youth of today to become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.” Consequently, this program is expected to encourage student interest in the STEM areas and foster engineering and technical skills of benefit to NPPD’s potential future workforce.
The Robotics Program is a competitive academic activity designed to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The season runs from September through April. Teams are tasked with a new challenge each year and must analyze, design, build, program and test their robots in relation to the challenge. Teams have the opportunity to compete in tournaments and a final competition for Nationals – The Robotics Championship of the America’s, which is held in Omaha, Nebraska.
NPPD donates three robotics kits to three different high schools or middle schools in the mid- to western part of Nebraska to participate in the robotics program, helping to promote STEM areas of education. Where available, NPPD will also try to coordinate an NPPD employee to act as a technical mentor to the school teams.
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