Ad Astra Academy Colorado

Program Contact

Carolyn Crow

Assistant Professor


Ad Astra Academy Colorado is a weekend-long program immersing underserved middle- and high-school students in the excitement of space science and exploration. During these programs, students learn about the stars, planets, and cosmos through hands-on activities based on CU Boulder’s cutting-edge space research. Culminating in a capstone project, students will engage with a current space mission team or research project led by CU faculty and researchers. The goal is to nurture students’ natural curiosity to promote self-directed and inquiry-based learning, following the curriculum developed for the highly successful international Ad Astra Academy (

This program is offered free of charge to participating K-12 schools, targeting grades 6-12. Ad Astra Academy Colorado is actively soliciting partner schools for this program. Please contact us for more information.

    Sponsoring Units

    • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
    • Department of Geological Sciences
    • Fiske Planetarium

    Program Partners

    • Fiske Planetarium
    • Ad Astra Academy/Blue Marble

    Audiences Served

    • At-Risk Youth
    • Minority Group(s)
    • Students - Middle School
    • Students - High School
    • Urban Communities
    • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)