Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom

Program Contact

James Hakala

james.hakala@colorado.edu

The Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom project provides hands-on teaching kits containing real and reproduction artifacts, tools, and standards-based curriculum for teachers and schools around the state; a classroom presentation with hands-on objects and activities focusing on the early peoples of Colorado and the science of archaeology; and a Discovery Kit focusing on the Ancestral Pueblo people of Colorado, featuring real and reproduction artifacts, maps, and lessons for rental at the museum. The hands-on teaching kits are provided to schools free of charge, while the classroom presentation and Discovery Kit have a modest fee.

The Project’s goals are to engage elementary students and teachers in classrooms and communities across the state in the study of Colorado archaeology – science, geography, and history – through hands-on experience with artifacts, methods, and tools, and to get students turned on to Colorado history through archaeology in classrooms around the state. This project showcases the archaeological research of Dr. Stephen Lekson at the CU-Boulder Museum and strives to provide needed educational resources to schools with little or no access to CU-Boulder resources.

  • Program Activity

    Location

    On Campus

    CU Museum (Henderson Building)
    Museum of Natural History

    Dates

    Ongoing

  • Program Activity

    Location

    In Colorado

    Dates

    Ongoing

Sponsoring Units

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Partners

  • Federal Bureau of Land Management's Project Archaeology
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • State Office of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • Rural Communities
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School