Full STEM Ahead

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.

Introducing Colton’s Corner!

The Science Discovery team has had the pleasure of working with Colton Hall for the past two years in a variety of capacities—as an instructor, a teaching assistant and a member of the materials team. Colton is a junior at CU majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in economics and has a genuine passion for spreading his love of all things STEM. This love of STEM coupled with his excitement for exposing kids to new STEM topics led us to develop Colton’s Corner! From time to time, this feature will bring you:

  • Fun science facts
  • Engaging games and puzzles
  • Ideas for “Science at Home” activities…and much more!

This week, Colton brings you a DIY air hockey table! With a few easy-to-find materials, you can create this awesome boredom-buster.

 

 

 

 

Materials List:

  • Cardboard boxes/scraps
  • Duct tape
  • 2 rolls of duct tape
  • 2 small wooden dowels
  • A light coaster or wooden disk
  • 2 felt circles the size of duct tape rolls
  • Glue
  • Any type of material (to use as a net for each goals)

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Pick a table
  2. Adhere the cardboard to the table, creating a frame
  3. Cut out equal sized holes on each end for the goals
  4. Create a fabric pouch and attach it to each goal
  5. Insert wooden dowel into the center of each duct tape roll; use duct tape to secure dowel in place
  6. Glue felt circles to the bottom of each duct tape roll
  7. Commence play!

 

 

 

 

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.

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