Full STEAM Ahead

Another Record-Breaking Summer!

Our summers tend to go by rather quickly, and this summer was no exception! We welcomed almost 1,800 students to the CU Boulder campus to participate in one of 248 summer camps! Over the course of the 11 week summer, campers programmed, concocted, welded, and created their way through a variety of STEM activities. Friendships were forged and memories were made. Check out these fun summer stats:

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CLICK HERE to view our Summer Camp highlights!

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We are curious to hear what you thought about your experience with our summer camp program. Please CLICK HERE to visit our online post-summer survey and give us your feedback. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to give your input. Thank you in advance for your contribution!

CU Wizards:

Professor Steve George will present the lecture The Chemistry of Energy!

CU Wizards is a yearly series held on the CU Boulder campus once a month on Saturday throughout the academic year.

The CU Wizards are professors from departments across the spectrum, ranging from physics to psychology. During each session, the professor donates his/her knowledge and energy to create captivating and informative shows for the public.

Shows are free, and while all age groups are welcome, the shows will be geared towards kids in grades 5-9.

We’re On a Mission

As part of our mission, we are always looking for ways to increase STEM literacy and connect students to current CU science. We are fortunate enough to be able to utilize CU Boulder’s scientific resources, facilities and expertise to excite students about STEM, expose them to a variety of STEM careers and professionals, and inspire a future generation of scientists and engineers. Our goal with every camp experience is to create a harmonic convergence of all branches of our mission. This week’s Aerodynamics of Flight camp is doing just that.

Plett gives instruction on how to properly launch a student’s aircraft creation.

High school teacher and camp instructor, Plett Gerardy has spent many summers with Science Discovery, sharing her love for things that fly and blast-off with campers of all ages. As a teacher of chemistry, physics and math, she clearly demonstrates a passion for STEM education. Assisting her this week is teaching assistant (and future Air Force pilot!) Thomas Konnert—a senior majoring in aerospace engineering. Campers are spending the week gleaning knowledge from two STEM academics—one on the collegiate leg of his journey and one inspiring others in a STEM career (I mean, how many teachers do you know who have their own Facebook Fan Club?!). Students are enjoying touring CU’s Aerospace Engineering department while learning about the trials and tribulations of designing aircrafts.

Thomas uses his expertise to explain the effect of launch angle on flight distance.  

When asked to reflect on his summer with Science Discovery, Thomas stated, “It feels great to be able to teach and inspire kids who will be our future engineers and scientists.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

A camper carefully adjusts the wings of her aircraft.

 

Waiting is the hardest part! Once the wings have been applied, the glue must dry.

When Science and Art Come Together!

This summer, CU Science Discovery has had the pleasure of working with nine St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) students as part of the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) pilot program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the REM program was designed to provide research experiences and mentoring opportunities to STEM students that may ultimately […]

Engaging Girls in STEM

Two of the most powerful determinants of whether or not a female pursues a career in the sciences is whether or not the proper educational groundwork has been laid for a successful path and whether anyone encourages her along the way. Here at Science Discovery we are passionate about encouraging girls to break out of […]