HAL Day for Northern Tier Schools

HAL2015_6On Monday, March 30th, Northern Tier Schools’ students in grades 5-8 attended a High Ability Learner (HAL) Day in Neligh. Four different sessions were organized for these students to rotate through.

Dean Jacobs was the keynote speaker and presented a session on “What does it mean to have a dream?”  Mr. Jacobs was born in Wahoo, Nebraska and grew up in Fremont, Nebraska. He is an author, photographer, traveler and speaker who travels the world and shares his experiences through school presentations and keynote speeches. To find out more about Mr. Jacobs, visit http://www.deanjacobs.org/about.html.

Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg, a native of Butte, Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agriculture presented another session. Dr. Lechtenberg serves as a consultant helping manufacturers of animal health pharmaceuticals and vaccines to improve the health of food animals and increase the safety of our nation’s food supply. He is also involved in some research projects that involve the use of large animal trials to provide possible solutions to human medical cures and treatments. He challenged students to accept the reality of our global society and the need to be inclusive in everything they do in their future careers as they are truly going to be working in a global society. (Read a summary of Dr. Lechtenberg’s session.)

Heidi Rethmeier, ESU 8 Staff Developer, presented a STEM session on Wind Energy. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Focus is put on these areas together because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. Rethmeier had each student build and test a small version of a wind turbine.

For the fourth session, the students walked to the Pierson Wildlife Museum where Gloria Christiansen, a former ESU 8 Media Consultant, presented animal facts. Her information included the definition of taxidermy, the difference between horns and antlers, the difference between a buffalo and a bison, and the importance of preserving a rare animal collection like this one donated by Dr. Kenneth Pierson.

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