K12 Students

Programs, events, and resources for K-12 students and their families.

Making Her Own Path -- First Generation Series (1 of 4)

Graduation will be here soon.  Biology and Environmental Health senior, Ameera Tahir, wants to make the most of the time she has left on campus.  She would like to see herself get more involved, go to more sporting events, and join a club.  But finding the time to do all these things is difficult.  After graduation, Ameera hopes to work for the local or state health department.  She would like to work one or two years before pursuing a Master’s Degree.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence of UAVs, REAP Apprenticeship

This summer we will be investigating how machine learning and artificial intelligence can work with autonomous systems to solve problems in sensor networks.  In particular, students will research how machine learning can process data captured from an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV or "drone") to make decisions in real time and adjust the UAV's flight path.  Activities for the student may include assembling embedded sensors and UAVs, piloting UAVs to gather data, writing scripts to organize large amounts of data, and creating programs to use data to make decisions and pilot the UAV.  Most

Pulling to Success

You may have run across tractor pulls at county fairs.  To make those tractors do what they do requires much time, design changes, tinkering and money.  The American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition is an international contest for college students.  Students from the United States, Canada, and as far away as Israel have competed to show that they have the best design, not only on paper, but on the track as well. 

Eye Candy On Your Drive

Did you know that the University of Northern Iowa has a campus prairie?  It is true!  It is complete with trails,  so that you can enjoy the peaceful beauty.  Making sure all students know about and visit this hidden gem prior to graduation, is one of the goals of The Tallgrass Prairie Center’s Outreach Coordinator, Staci Mueller.  Wait!  A Tallgrass Prairie Center on UNI campus too?!  Yes!  Yet another treasure on campus.Prairie Grass Roots Length -- What you Don't see Underground.

Dancing -- From Molecules to the Ballroom

This is what college is supposed to be like.  University of Northern Iowa sophomore, Joseph Tibbs, has been at UNI for just over a year and has already has made some great memories in and out of the classroom.  “Last year was probably the best year of my life,” he said.  He went on to say the UNI community is great, he loved meeting new people, doing new things and that it was very different from high school.  As a freshman, he was able to make his own path, and got completely out of his comfort zone.

A Positive Outlook

Living a happy life is very important to UNI sophomore Akanksha Sahni.  “If you are happy from the inside, you can function the best… This is how you can have a positive outlook on life and will be able to deal with things.  It is very important to work on the self.”  This outlook on life is perfect for Akanksha who is a BioMedical and Psychology major with a  minor in Mental Health.  Her goal is to understand the body,  the mind, and how they work together. UNI Sophomore Akanksha Sahni in a research lab in McCollum Science Hall

Changing Teachers Changing the World

In 2014, twenty-four secondary science teachers began a path of personal growth through the Integrating Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) project.  A three-year grant awarded to UNI Science Education faculty from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnership funded the ICCISC project.  The purpose of the program was to help teachers meet science standards.  This was to be done using research-based instruction and helping students prepare for STEM-related fields.   

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