The idea came to John Ingram when he gathered with his family around their dining room table, but he didn’t know it yet.
This was a couple of months ago, when Nebraska’s rising rivers were forcing people from their homes.
“We were talking about how terrible the floods were, and how sad it was that people were losing everything — and they weren’t able to have a dinner like we’re having,” he said this week. “We were talking about how we could help. That’s what we do as neighbors, as Nebraskans. We help.”
On the ground floor of the conference center at Innovation Campus, excited children sat at computers learning and practicing coding Saturday morning. On the floor above them, booths boasting virtual reality, 3D printers and remote-operated robots enthralled others.
More than 800 students and parents registered for the fifth annual Hour of Code event and the accompanying Interactive Tech Fair.
In the coding room, several parents said it was a unique opportunity for the kids to learn in exciting ways.
In a former life, the site of Nebraska Innovation Campus’ newest building was a copse of trees and vendor stalls near the eastern edge of the midway of State Fair Park.
A century later, the Rise Building near 21st Street and Transformation Drive is 80,000 square feet of bright and modern potential campus officials hope attract rising businesses to the up-and-coming research park.
The high-tech set of video laryngoscopes used by Lincoln Fire and Rescue to navigate a patient's vocal cords and other obstructions during intubation came with a set of low-tech carrying cases.
Although better than the denier fabric cases of the manual scopes, which are hospitable to bacteria, the new cases included holders built from paper pulp prone to disintegration after the instruments were disinfected.
From horses to trains to cars and airplanes to automated driverless vehicles, Lincoln residents continue to be pioneers, always looking for better ways to travel, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said as he stood in front of a 15-passenger driverless shuttle that will be tested in the city this summer.