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:

Summer STEM class options

This summer Skyline HS & The Innovation Center are offering three summer STEM courses to any high school students, at any SVVSD high school, who might be interested. These cost $125 and run during the month of June, Mon-Thurs, 8am-12noon.
  1. Intro to Programming
  2. Tech 1 (CompTIA Introduction to IT)
  3. Tech 2 (Apple Mac repair certification)
These are classes that lead to STEM industry knowledge and certifications. We are opening these up to the entire district for the first time, and we hope you might know some high school students who might be interested.
If you do, please tell them to go to: and download the application. Ignore prerequisites and application dates on the application. You can also have them email me if they are interested and have questions or trouble applying.
-Thom Ingram

Instructional Technologist

Like Art? Like Engineering? Here’s how you can do both

From CU Boulder a BS in Technology, Arts and Media combines an engineering education with creative practice, making, hacking, experimentation, research and design.

If you know students who are both technically and creatively inclined but are shying away from single-track engineering programs, BS–TAM might be just the right mix. If so, please share the attached flyer, our website or this short video.

From ATLAS’ hacker lab/makerspace, research labs and creative studios, to our performance and production spaces, TAM students make up a lively, diverse and talented interdisciplinary community of technical enthusiasts who invent, design and create with gusto!

Examples of where this degree leads:

  • 3D modeling
  • Game design
  • Mobile apps
  • Virtual reality
  • Graphic design
  • Data visualization
  • Motion graphics
  • Robotics
  • Interactive technologies
  • Physical computing
  • User experience

University of Wyoming STEM Bridge Program

The University of Wyoming STEP Summer Bridge program, is an unique opportunity for incoming freshman.  STEP Summer Bridge is a four week program for entering freshman who wish to get a jump start on their college career.  It is comprised of a self-directed math course, a first year seminar, as well as co-curricular activities aimed at exposing students to campus resources and the community of Laramie, WY at large.  Students will live on campus and build a community with their fellow students.

The mission of STEP Summer Bridge is to prepare students for academic success by challenging them to engage with their studies in a supportive learning environment.  Students will be empowered to grow academically as they work collaboratively with their fellow classmates and instructors.  Students will also become connected to Laramie as a community outside of the university to create a sense of belonging that will make their transition to the University of Wyoming a positive and welcoming experience.

Univ. of Wyoming Engineering Summer Program

Hey juniors! Here is a fun opportunity for your summer STEM dreams. UW is offering a summer engineering program (ESP) to learn about the field of engineering and many of the career opportunities available for engineering graduates.

The ESP will be on the University of Wyoming campus (Laramie, WY) June 21 through June 27. The application (found at the link above) is due on March 31, 2015 to this address:

ESP, University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science,  Dept 3295, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071

Society of American Military Engineers

Hey all – I have an awesome summer camp opportunity for you. Check it out:

The Society of American Military Engineers, in collaboration with the Military Services, offers a series of engineering/STEM camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or a related field in college. These one–week camps are high energy, hands–on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services.

Colorado Northwestern Comm. College – Paleontology Camp

Greeting from Colorado Northwestern Community College.

We are excited to announce that CNCC is now offering summer dinosaur digs.  Our first excavation is planned for this summer, and we would like to invite you and your teachers and staff to work alongside professional paleontologist to uncover fossils that have been buried for over 65 million years.

Teachers from all disciplines and staff from every department can spend two weeks of their summer in the heart of dinosaur country learning about paleontology by digging, brushing and uncovering a unique fossilized specimen. CNCC’s Summer Paleontology Camp will offer two sessions on the Rangely Campus, each two weeks in duration.  Teachers and staff can participate in the non-credit camp only or choose to earn three college credit hours by enrolling in GEY 229, Paleontology Field Studies.   On-campus housing and food service are available.  No prior experience is required to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

I have attached an electronic copy of our brochure for distribution to your colleagues.  Additional information and application materials can be found at  Space is limited, so please pass this information along as quickly as possible.