The Science Focus Program is a small community of mature learners participating in traditional and non-traditional styles of learning – a place where students play an active role in defining their learning environment and education.
Traditions at SFP
Learning Beyond the Classroom
BioBlitz: Connecting Species through Citizen Science
BioBlitz is a nationally recognized program through National Geographic in which students and other community members work together to catalogue a region’s biodiversity. Each Fall, SFP students head out to a location outside Lincoln to take this snapshot. This experience is financially supported by the Lower Platte South NRD.
Creek Clean Up
Creek Clean Up is a city-wide initiative to help keep Lincoln’s waterways clean. SFP students have adopted Antelope Creek along the Billy Wolff Trail between 40th and 56th Streets in order to help with this effort.
Fascination of Plant Day
Fascination of Plant Day is hosted by UNL Plant Science and Biochemistry Departments. Students get to experience a variety of learning stations and end the day with a treat from the UNL Diary Store. This field trip is possible due to the generous funding by UNL Plant Science and Biochemistry Departments.
Nebraska Shakespeare Company Production
Each year, SFP students join the Arts and Humanities students at the Auld Pavillion to watch a live performance of a Shakespeare play that they have studied in English class.
Other Field Trip Experiences
- NWU Field Trip to Science Labs: Nebraska Wesleyan University Science Departments hosts SFP students to conduct experiments in the different science areas. The transportation is partially funded by NWU.
- Archeological dig at Homestead National Monument
- Saline Wetlands Tour
- Wilderness Park
- Platte River State Park
Senior Research Night
SFP seniors embark on a year-long, self-selected research project which culminates in a poster presentation where students present their findings to staff, peers, parents and community members.
Underclassman at SFP conduct a year-long research project and share these projects with peers. This provides an opportunity for students to hone their skills in preparation for their final senior research project.
Each fall, SFP students participate in a variety of competitions. Advisories face each other in head-to-head competitions include chalk drawings, scientist relay race, team hula hoop passing, spoon/egg race, elephant bowling. Each advisory works to win the coveted trophy.
The Monday of Thanksgiving week, students bring soup and sides to share for a potluck lunch.
The Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, students head to Sun Valley Lanes to show off their bowling skills.
Zoo Clean Up
SFP students often help with a variety of jobs to assist the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. These have included: raking leaves, moving hay bales, picking up trash.
To start the school year, we welcome students and families with a all-school potluck.
Each May, we celebrate the seniors with a potluck and “graduation from SFP” ceremony.
Fall and Spring Dances
SFP Key Club hosts two annual dances. Get your dancing shoes on because these aren’t like any other school dances. Food, fun, singing and dancing will be sure to happen.
Elementary Science Fairs
SFP students often help LPS elementary schools by volunteering to judge their school’s science fair.
Clubs’ Community Outreach
SFP clubs conduct many activities to support their community. These have included:
- Penny wars (supports a student-chosen cause)
- Tampon/pad drive to support the People’s City Mission
- Blood drive to support the Community Blood Bank
- Food drive to support the Lincoln Food Bank.