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2017 NATS/NATM Fall Conference

September 7-9, 2017
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE

This will be joint conference with the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Math (NATM)


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Vendor Contract


Derrick A. Nero

Derrick A. Nero is the K-12 Engineering Education Instructor in the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education (UNO COE). Derrick has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked as an engineer and project manager for Raytheon Services Nevada and Bechtel Nevada. He earned a master’s degree in Special Education and worked in alternative education and STEM education for 11 years. During those years, he created and taught a STEM elective course for nine years. He worked collaboratively with UNO COE and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to develop and implement the use of robotics as an educational platform.

Derrick teaches and develops teacher education courses for undergraduate teacher candidates and engineering education courses for graduate candidates. He serves as a Nebraska Department of Education STEM Fellow, co-facilitator for the UNL Engineering Readiness Academy and the Nebraska NASA Space Grant Project HALON, developer for the Nebraska Robotics Expo, and advisor for various STEM outreach initiatives such as Space Celebration Night, Family Engineering Night, and STEM Days, and student groups such as Latin@s in STEM, Noyce Scholars, and UNO Echo. Derrick’s research interests include K-12 Engineering Education, authentic learning experiences, and engaging underrepresented groups. He is attaining his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on STEM Education.

Conference Information


Thursday, September 7 -  4:30 - 8:00
Friday, September 8      - All Day
Saturday, September 9  - 8:30 - 12:00

An updated schedule of events and speakers will be released closer to the conference.


$110 - Individual Registration
$50  - Pre-service teachers and students
$270 - District teaching teams (1 math, 1 science and 1 administrator)
All registrations include a 1-year membership to BOTH NATS and NATM


Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE.  

Hotel reservations:

  • Fairfield Inn  (308) 236-4200     $91.50/night
  • LaQuinta Inn  (308) 237-4400    $91.50/night

Meal information:

Thursday Evening    Light snacks and drinks

Friday Breakfast      Complementary in your hotel or on your own

Friday Lunch            Buffet provided by conference

Friday Dinner           On your own

Saturday Breakfast  Complementary in your hotel. Coffee and Rolls for the
                                 Saturday morning groups.

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- Ed Brogie, Past President, 1986-1987

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