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World of Waves: Technology and Innovation in Life, Earth and Physical Science (At Your School)

Ongoing | Ages 9-14 | $450/class (up to 30 students); $375 for add'l classes


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The World of Waves STEM Workshop blends cutting-edge science, interactive technology, 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, Signals 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 role waves play in understanding the Earth System and plate tectonics, this module blends hands-on activities and fundamental physics with the development of key skills innovative people need.  

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


Electromagnetism, Technology and Innovation: This module blends opportunities for innovation with activities using thermal cameras, night vision, lasers and signals tied to the essential role electromagnetic waves play in 21st-century technologies.

Key Concepts: Electromagnetic Spectrum, Digital Signals, Thermal Energy


  • STEM Workshops can accommodate one or up to three full classes (90 students).
  • The Science Discovery team will arrive at your school the evening before, or early the morning of programs to set up an extensive set of teaching materials and activities
  • The workshop can run in a single, or multiple classrooms
  • Ideally, two and three-class workshops will have access to an auditorium or multipurpose room for a group introduction and wrap-up activities
  • Programming can accommodate full-day and period-based schedules with three 45-75 minute classes
  • 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.