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2018 NATS/NATM Fall Conference

September 20-22, 2018
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE

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


Conference schedule will be posted online when available.

Exhibitors and Sponsors: Registration for the 2018 NATS/NATM Fall Conference is now open. CLICK HERE to access the registration packet. All vendors and sponsors are handled on a first come, first served basis. Registration packets are due September 1, 2018.

NATS 2017 Highlights

New Officers, Retiring Officers, Award Winners


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 20 -  4:30 - 8:00
Friday, September 21      - All Day (see schedule and app)
Saturday, September 22  - 8:30 - 12:00


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     
  • LaQuinta Inn  (308) 237-4400    

Meal information:

Thursday Evening    

Friday Breakfast      

Friday Lunch            

Friday Dinner           

Saturday Breakfast  

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- Ed Brogie, Past President, 1986-1987

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