IS engagement team hosts Brain Exchange and CareerRockit

Brain Exchange and CareerRockit – if you think these programs sound cool, just wait ‘til you hear more on what they’re actually about and how we played a part in expanding participants’ knowledge in the world of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. 

The AIM Brain Exchange offers free, unique tech learning activities for youth ages 7 to 17. These real-life, scenario-based courses are led by highly-talented tech facilitators and educators who aim to teach the creative confidence needed to succeed in one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy. Program topics include cybersecurity, game design, electronics, engineering, math, media production, robotics, sewable circuits and more. 

AIM developed and taught the following courses at the Brain Exchange where many of our employees’ children registered and had the opportunity to participate: 1) Garage Band – Apple, 2) Intro to Mobile App Development – Apple, and 3) MIT App Inventor – Android. 

CareerRockit, organized by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, aims to connect the business and educational community to meet current and future talent needs. Ultimately, the program strives to provide students and young adults with opportunities to move along the learning pipeline, gain applicable knowledge and build excitement for growing career options. 

“It was an incredible experience for our students at Gretna High School, and as an instructor, I was impressed at the level of engagement for the students throughout the morning,” said Jerome Skrdla from Gretna High School. “Your group did a fantastic job of introducing their roles and challenging them with the game, and we can’t thank you enough for all of your time and effort in putting together the workshop for our students.”

“We couldn’t believe how enthused our son was about the cyber security workshop,” added a mother of one of the attendees. “Though normally very quiet, he was so pumped about his day that he wouldn’t stop talking about it! We so appreciate Gretna High School and the opportunity that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska provided these students.”

Glenn Bruneau, BCBSNE manager of IS development said, “Being able to engage students in STEAM experiences through Brain Exchange and CareerRockit not only speaks to our core value of openly embrace our communities, but it also allows us to infuse our passion for what we do here every day amongst the bright, young minds right here in our community.”

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