Summer STEM Opportunities

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June 27-July 14, 2016
Non-credit STEM Academies are open to high school students completing grades 9, 10 and 11.
Taught by CU Boulder faculty and graduate students, Academies include guided laboratory work, field trips, guest lectures and discussion groups. These full-day, 3-week long programs are designed for highly motivated high school students looking to delve deeper into a specific STEM field. Each program includes morning and afternoon sessions split by a midday lunch break at CU Boulder’s incredible dining hall, the Center for Community (C4C); where students will get a taste of college life (daily lunch included in course registration fee). Payment plans can be arranged.
Chemistry STEM Academy  (ONLY 4 SPOTS REMAIN!)

Chemistry is awesome (insert Everything is Awesomeearwig here)! It’s everywhere in the world around us – in the food we eat, clothes we wear, water we drink, medicines we take, air we breathe, cleaners we use…the list goes on and on. This academy will take us on a journey through how chemistry is used in our everyday lives, from tie-dying and chemistry rockets, to how forensic scientists use forensic botany and DNA fingerprinting to solve crimes. Chemistry opens up a variety of career options, and creates analytical skills that can transfer to any field. Click on the links below to get a taste for what this academy will offer:
Mberry Tasting (Hilarious! Watch it now. You won’t regret it!)
Earth Science STEM Academy 

The CU Boulder campus offers a unique opportunity to explore a variety of scientific topics in an outdoor laboratory. In this course, we’ll use our proximity to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to learn about the geologic history of the region, the flora and fauna that inhabit it, and a variety of other Earth Science topics. Our first week together will be spent time traveling by means of geology! We’ll hike to the base of the Flatirons, identifying rocks and rock layers and how they were formed. Next, we’ll meet a CU geologist and engage in spirited debate over how

the Rockies were formed. In week 2, we’ll transition from exploring the environment of the past through geology to exploring the creatures that inhabited those environments. As paleo-biologists we’ll examine fossils and compare them to organisms today, noting evolutionary and ecological changes. We’ll meet a CU scientist that studies coprolites (fossil poop!), take a tour of a CU laboratory, explore the CU Museum’s paleontology exhibit and visit the world-famous Dinosaur Ridge. During our final week, we’ll learn about hydrology, fire ecology and disaster preparedness. We’ll meet with someone from the US Geological Survey and tour sites affected by the Four Mile Canyon Fire and discuss the impacts on the topography, soils and erosion. Next, we’ll join staff from the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks program to tour sites affected by the floods of 2013. Finally, our 3 weeks together will culminate with a poster presentation highlighting what we learned over the summer!

Hackerspace is defined as “a place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.” Get hands-on with tech as we earn the fundamentals of programming, circuitry and electronic communications in a lively, project-driven environment. We’ll team-up and create something completely new such as an electronic musical instrument, a kinetic art installation, a piece of interactive clothing or a computerized toy. Academy participants will go home with a full spectrum of SparkFun electronics that you can continue to tinker with outside of the classroom. Join the community that offers you the autonomy to freely design, build, test and interact with your creations and other people who enjoy doing the same!
We are living in an unprecedented creative climate that is heavily fueled by the maker movement. The maker culture often represents a technology-based extension of DIY culture designed to inspire us to create new stuff and to tinker with existing stuff. This Academy emphasizes learning through doing as we explore various maker technologies including 3D printing, woodworking, laser cutting and wearable electronics. Our time will be spent at CU Boulder’s newest creative playground, the Idea Forge – a collaborative space where we are free to imagine, design, create and test our projects. Invention, innovation and re-imagination will be reoccurring themes!
Additional Academies include:

Want to attend a service academy?

A Congressional Nomination is required to attend a service academy (Air Force, West Point, Naval Academy, US Merchant Marine).  Congressman Buck’s application process is currently open through October 1, 2016 for students in the 4th Congressional District wishing to apply for a nomination to enter into the academies next year.

See attached flier for information on the nominating process.

US Service Academies


Need a job? Here is an opportunity for you…

Food Manufacturing Company Eager to hire! Longmont CO
Are you driven, self-motivated, great at details? Is your goal to secure a rewarding position with a fast growing locally owned and operated company that specializes in Food Manufacturing?
If so, join our company and:
• Would you enjoy a fast paced, moving environment
• Looking for hardworking positive people to join team

• Full time with great hours for Manufacturing – M-F 8:30am-5pm (No Weekends)

• Can you follow process and procedures well

• Do you have a passion for doing great work

• Advancement opportunities available from within
Duties: Packaging, Case Sealing, Ingredient Prep, Quality Control to start, then qualified employees can advance to a machine operator.
We are a pro Military Company and hiring Military Veteran’s returning home.
Must be 18+, ability to work in the USA, able to lift up to 50 lbs.
We are an equal opportunity employer with room to grow and great benefits.
Benefits include: Paid Training, Paid Holiday’s, Paid Vacations, Insurance and More.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $12.00 – $14.00/hour
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $12.00 – $14.00/hour
Required experience:
·         Manufacturing: 1 year
Required education:
·         High school or equivalent
They typically interview on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm.  Please send resumes and cover letters in advance to

FRCC LEADS (Latino Excellence, Achievement and Development Series) for Cass of 2016

LEADS is a year-long leadership program designed to teach leadership skills, personal development, and provide mentorship. This innovative program provides a foundation for students to value their culture and develop their leadership skills. An academically rigorous curriculum and the opportunity to network with students and the community are integral aspects of the program.

A tuition and book scholarship up to $1,000 will be available to participants who complete the program.

The leadership series will start Friday, September 9, 2016 and will meet every other Friday from1:303:30 p.m. through the beginning of May 2017.  The official kick-off of the program will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Only a select number of students will be inducted into this cohort of LEADS.

Qualifications for the program include:

  • Be a new or current FRCC student.
  • Must register for 9 credits minimum for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
  • Good academic standing and a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to commit for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Identify as Latina/Latino.

Please share the LEADS application with future leaders you feel would benefit from being a part of this program. Completed applications are due to the Administration Building Welcome Desk or to Student Life by 4:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2016If selected, students will be contacted by mid-May.

Please share this email with others in your network who may know of FRCC-BCC students who would be excellent candidates for the program.

If you have any questions regarding the LEADS program, please do not hesitate to contact one the planning committee members at the information below. We are excited work with a great group of students!


Cynthia Garcia, Admissions Rep.: 303-678-3846,

Rebecca Chavez, Director Admissions: 303-678-3762,

Mandy Clancy, Director Student Life:

Meca Delgado, Community Partner:

Jen Headrick, Activities Coordinator:

Amy Mann, Chair Arts & Letters:

Carla Stein, Dean of Student Services:

Amairani Soto, Student Representative

Looking for a volunteering opportunity?

The Sunrise Stampede, which is a fundraiser for SVVSD schools, needs volunteers:

Sunrise Stampede on Saturday, August 13.  There are  openings in the following areas:
–Finish line – 7:45 AM – 10:00 AM (Assist race officials at finish line – cheering runners through the chutes, keeping them moving and in order, etc.).  Still need 8 volunteers
–Water stations – 7:45 AM – 10:30 (Fill water cups, hand out to runners, put discarded cups into garbage bags).  I have 3 water stations that I need to man – and need a total of 15 more volunteers. The water stations are a great spot for families or a sports team who want to volunteer together.
–Registration – 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM (Help runners complete race day registrations).  1 more volunteer needed.
–T-shirt/bib distribution – 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM.   4 more volunteers needed.
–Course marshals – 7:00 AM – until all runners/walkers have passed – probably till 10:30 or 11:00. (Direct runners on the course).  12 volunteers  needed.  NOTE:  This is a new volunteer position!
Thank you!  I look forward to hearing from you!  When you respond, please include:

–volunteer position
–t-shirt size
–summer email for reminder
–school or department (so I can send your volunteer t-shirt)
Email Donna Thompson: