Millard West IT Clubs: 3 Great Ways to Get Hands-On with STEM

Millard West IT Clubs- 3 Great Ways to Get Hands-On with STEMEarlier this afternoon, our friends over at Dream It Do It Nebraska posted an interview they had with Janet Larson, Curriculum Facilitator at Millard Public Schools in Omaha.

You can read the interview in the link above, but to supplement that great interview they just posted, we wanted to talk a little bit more about the Millard West Industrial Technology clubs that were mentioned by Janet.

Millard West has three clubs:

  • CatRacing: A challenge to design and build a one-person electric vehicle thoughout the year. Teams will then compete in challenges, ranging from vehicle engineering and design, to braking and racing.
  • CatBotics: A club to show students the power of robotics engineering. Students will participate in robotics engineering, and in head-to-head competitions at local, state, and national levels.
  • SkillsUSA: Students will have the opportunity to prepare and compete in areas of engineering, architecture, carpentry, cabinet making, welding, CNC automation, and robotics through this organization. A great opportunity!

If you happen to be a student at Millard West, we definitely recommend giving some of these clubs a look. But even if you aren’t, these programs aren’t unique to Millard–even if your school doesn’t have CatBotics, there’s a good chance that they have something similar, and you’ll never know unless you ask!

Industrial technology clubs are a great way to get the kinds of hands-on training that’s needed for a great career in manufacturing. If you aren’t involved already, you should give one of the clubs a try. They’re fun, and they could be a great gateway into a lifelong career!

If you’d like to learn more about the clubs mentioned here, we recommend getting in touch with Scott Bohlken, ITE Department Initiator. His email is 

Photo credit: Kaitlyn Bernauer via The Gazette