The library was quiet except for a slight hum. Within seconds the hum was interrupted as chatter filled the room with excitement from the first grade class as they gathered around Elkhorn Valley’s newest additions.
Each student had a unique question, but they all shared the same fascination as they watched the machine create figures like nothing they had ever seen before.
Half-confused, half curious, one student asked the question that was clearly burning in everyone’s mind. “What is that thing?”
The “that thing” happened to be the first 3D printers in an Antelope County school.
Since their arrival, the Elkhorn Valley library has experienced as much buzz as it has hums with the excitement that Tracy Larson was hoping for when she sent in the school’s grant application.
“It's really fun to see everyday what new things we discover with it. Because that is part of the excitement of receiving this grant, and now having it within our building. It's now at our fingertips all of the time so we can keep learning and growing,” said Larson, Elkhorn Valley’s media specialist.
Last winter, Larson received an email which sparked her interest to apply for the grant awarded by General Electric (GE), which included two 3D printers. Elkhorn Valley was 1 of 400 schools in the nation to receive the grant.
Elkhorn Valley received a Polar 3D Printer, an XYZprinting Printer, Polar 3D’s STEAMtrax curriculum with a 2 year license, 6 rolls of filament for each printer and the STEAMtrax module kit “Tinkering with Turbines.”
“I really think 3D printers have become huge within the workforces, so I think it is great for our kids to be graduating here with some experience with the design elements of that,” Larson said. “And I just think with our gifted program, our shop class, our future ag, and our science programs; I think we can really add a lot of real-life experience for our kids to be able to use in the future.”
Since setting up the new technology, Larson has began experimenting to discover the potential of both printers. She began by testing the intricacy with a replica of the eiffel tower.
Larson was surprised with the details; however, she found that curvature of the tower as well as the details caused the design to be more fragile. To solve this problem, she then developed a thicker scaled tail which proved to be just as intricate but a little more sturdy.
Next, Larson decided to take a more complex route when developing the marble maze run. This print began early on in the school day which gave students the opportunity to watch the printer at work. After 19 long hours and the four separate pieces were assembled, the maze was finally finished.
Larson said students and staff have taken the bull by the horns to learn more about the new printers and how they can be implemented in the school. To receive training, GE has provided links to youtube videos for anyone who is interested in putting in personal time to learn how to design and print.
“They made it really easy to access all of the training. You didn’t have to sit down at one time and attend a webinar,” she said. “You can do it on your own time with what fits your schedule. So, that’s really nice.”
As of now, three teachers have been officially trained and are planning to train more teachers in the future once more interest strikes in the other classrooms. But, there is no doubt that the Elkhorn Valley students are excited for the new programs. Larson explained how many high school students have taken the time to help setup the printers, troubleshoot, and experiment.
“I am really excited to see what the kids design on their own. We had some trouble getting them set up initially, and our high school kids in study hall were so excited about getting these going that they were trying to troubleshoot along side our tech coordinator,” she said. “Some of them actually found solutions on how to get these set up correctly for us. So, it's just really fun to see the problem solving in these kids coming out. And how much more they know than what the adults do.”
Fire Prevention Week runs through Oct. 14, and Antelope County is proud to honor the volunteers with the Tilden Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication.
Members are: Chris Hansen, Kelli Fleetwood, Michelle McIntosh, Jeremy Poulsen. Middle Row: Matt Jensen, Stephanie Thompson, Allan Miller, Brandon Fulsaas. Back Row: Dean Thies, Mark Dietz, Aaron Sauserhere
Sharing kindness is the way of the Falcons, and the staff at Elkhorn Valley are making sure to recognize these acts of kindness.
Elkhorn Valley School Counselor, Carey Hahne told about how “Sharing Kindness Falcon Style” began. During her character education classes, Hahne and others discussed kindness and how to recognize students’ actions during school. As a group they talked about how being kind “fills other’s buckets,” and when an individual is kind, they don’t expect anything in return.
Hahne said, “When we throw out kindness, like a boomerang, it comes back to you.”
At Elkhorn Valley, the staff has taken the time to recognize student’s actions. This year, the school is trying to transform the idea of “going to the principal’s office” into a good thing. The goal is to have a way for Principal Darin Hahne and Superintendent Keith Leckron to have the chance to see students for the good they have done, not just focusing on the poor choices. This also gives the administration the chance to get more involved with the students, and see what is happening everyday. Recognizing the acts of kindness has given the school a better atmosphere.
“I love when I’ve brought down kids down for pictures, they don’t always know what act of kindness is being celebrated. Kids are just doing kind things, knowing it’s the right thing to do… and if they get “caught,” it’s just a bonus,” Hahne explained.
Elkhorn Valley homecoming court is (back row, from left) Dalton Smutny, Tyson Hanson, Kalen Dittrich, Brayden Effle, Dillon Stewart, and Shawn Klinetobe. (middle row, from left) Matty Boldt, Brianna Werner, Emily Stuckwisch, Kirstyn Evans, Delilah Sierra, and Katy Fleetwood. (front row, from left) Trigg Bennett and Reece Black.
Coronation will be Friday, September 29th.
A longtime member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors has announced he is stepping down after 17-years. Dr. Don Oelsligle, Tilden, submitted his letter of resignation during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday in Norfolk.
Oelsligle said he is proud of his time with the College.
“Looking back over the years, the most important task I was a part of was the selection of the college president. I was directly involved in the selection of Dr. (Bill) Path and Dr. (Michael) Chipps. These turned out to be excellent choices for the College with both men being outstanding leaders with visions for Northeast.”
Oelsligle has served on the Northeast Board of Governors, representing District I of Antelope, Garfield, Pierce and Wheeler counties in their entirety and portions of Boone, Cedar and Madison counties, since 2000. He has chaired a number of board committees and served as board chairperson in 2007. He was board vice-chairperson in 2006 and 2012. Oelsligle has also participated in the American Association of Community College Trustees and American Association of Community Colleges meetings in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Northeast.
Oelsligle was active in helping Northeast grow its three campuses and regional offices across northeast Nebraska during his time on the board, including work on a successful $3 million extended campus project in the city of O’Neill.
“It has been very satisfying to see the expansion of the regional facilities available through extended campuses in O’Neill, West Point and South Sioux City and new regional offices in Ainsworth and Hartington, as well as the development of partnerships with other educational institutions. This has allowed for additional access to higher education for those students who need to work while they continue their education.”
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said he has valued Oelsligle’s contributions to the board for the past 17-years.
“With his broad range of experiences, Dr. Oelsligle has brought his knowledge of education and the educational process to every board meeting. His vast experience as a researcher, educator, Peace Corps volunteer, manager, agri-businessman, and farmer has prepared him to function as an outstanding contributor to the board. Don’s ongoing dedication and passion for students is commendable and deeply valued.”
Oelsligle graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy/Business and a Master of Science degree in Soil Science. He earned a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility from Michigan State University.
Oelsligle has an extensive background in higher education where he served on the Crop and Soil Science Department Advisory Committee at UNL; coordinated the tropical soils regulation program at North Carolina State University; managed an ag marketing and development program in central and eastern Europe, was a
co-instructor of an irrigation course in Panama, and served as an advisor for an agriculture development and training program in Afghanistan.
Oelsligle has served as one of two representatives from Northeast on the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) Board of Directors, including a one-year term as board president in 2011. A successful
agri-businessman and producer, he was honored in 2012 with the NCCA’s Governor’s Award, which recognizes one community college board member annually.
An area of importance to Oelsligle and his wife has been Northeast’s continued expansion in global educational opportunities, which include the development of student exchange programs, an increase in the College’s international student population, articulation agreements with institutions in other countries and a new Center for Global Engagement.
“Jean and I have enjoyed seeing new opportunities develop for our students to take part in foreign educational experiences. It gives students a global perspective and a better sense of the importance of diplomacy and international relations. These are truly life changing experiences, not only for Northeast students, but for those they encounter.”
Oelsligle said it is gratifying to see a continued emphasis on student success at Northeast.
“Northeast has changed dramatically since I first attended college. The struggles that I went through as a college freshman probably would be fewer if what is currently offered at Northeast Community College would have been available to me. The personal attention to our students by faculty and staff truly make it a successful college experience for everyone.”
Oelsligle’s resignation is effective upon the appointment of his successor.
An Antelope County inmate was restrained Thursday along Highway 275 after he attemped to injure himself during transport.
Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said he was transporting Joshua Bell, 23 of Orchard, from the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center late Thursday morning to the Madison County Jail when Bell began slamming his head against the cage in his pickup.
On the east edge of Tilden along Highway275, Moore pulled off the highway and removed Bell from his pickup and held him to the ground until backup arrived to assist in the transport.
“We had an inmate who was acting out at our facility, so we were transporting him for security reasons to Madison when he started banging his head in the cage of the pickup and wouldn’t stop,” Moore said. “There was no escape attempt. I took him out of the truck for his own protection to keep him from injuring his head.”
Moore continued, “The only reason he was out of the pickup was for his own protection from injuring himself.”
The call for assistance led to law enforcement from multiple agencies, including the Neligh Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol, responding.
Moore said Bell was handcuffed and shackled the entire time and never posed a threat to anyone else. Moore restrained him on the ground until backup arrived. Then they jointly transported Bell to Madison, he said.