American Indian youth reach for the stars at science camp


Forty-eight American Indian youths from reservations in Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as Omaha, participated in the Science Education Partnership Award camp hosted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center June 6 – 9.

The camp is part of a $1.3 million grant principal investigator Maurice Godfrey, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics for UNMC and the Munroe-Meyer Institute received in 2006 from the National Center for Research Resources a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the math and science curriculum of American Indian youths living on reservations and in urban areas in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Some of the activities the youths participated in:

  • Visited the Museum of Natural History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Built rockets at the Strategic Air Command Museum in Ashland, Neb.

  • Learned about astronomy and aviation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Learned how to wrap a cast at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

  • Learned about meteorites and viewed the stars at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Neb.