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World of Waves: Technology and Innovation in Life, Earth and Physical Science (Teacher/Student Teams)

Ongoing | Ages 9-14 | $195/team (1 Adult/5 Students)


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This Professional Development STEM Workshop is available for scheduling at local schools, districts or regional events but will not be offered on the CU Boulder campus in 2017-2018. 

The World of Waves STEM Workshop blends cutting-edge science, interactive technology and student-directed inquiry supporting the next generation of innovators, scientists and engineers. Driven by Colorado’s Academic Standards, as well as Next Generation Science Standards, this program incorporates 4th-8th grade content and learning focused on the fundamental role of waves in science, technology, innovation and CU research in three exciting classes:


Acoustics, Waves and Human Body Systems: This module focuses on the role of waves in human body systems through student-directed inquiry using modern medical technologies and explorations of the fundamental science behind sound waves and hearing.

Key Concepts: Sound Waves, Hearing, Wavelength, Frequency, Amplitude, Heart Rate


Making Waves in Earth Science: Focused on the essential role waves play in understanding the Earth System, plate tectonics and natural disasters, this module blends hands-on activities and fundamental physics with the development of key skills and abilities that innovative people need.  

Key Concepts: Seismic Waves, P and S Waves, Earthquakes, Engineering, Speed of Light


Waves, Technology and Innovation: This module blends opportunities for innovative thinking with activities using thermal cameras, night vision systems, lasers and signals in an engaging module focused on the essential role electromagnetic waves play in 21st-century tools and technologies.

Key Concepts: Electromagnetic Spectrum, Technology, Digital Signals, Thermal Energy, Night Vision, and Lasers

Participating teachers will receive lesson plans and facilitation guide, digital resources and a letter or certificate documenting 4.5 hours of teacher professional development for district and CDE teacher licensing.


  • Teams pre-register online or by phone
  • Teams arrive at the site at 8:45am and depart between 2:30 and 3pm
  • Each team (of up to 5 learners) will need either a teacher or an adult chaperone.
  • Participants bring lunches and water bottles
  • Sample Schedule (75-minute classes):
    • 9-9:30am: Introduction
    • 9:45-11am: Class One
    • 11-11:45am: Lunch
    • 11:45am-1pm: Class Two
    • 1-1:15pm: Break
    • 1:15-2:30pm: Class Three
    • 2:30-3pm: Wrap-Up

For additional information or to begin planning your CU Science Discovery program, please contact Hester Nadel via email or by calling 303.492.8640.