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: