Program Details:

World of Waves: Technology and Innovation in Life, Earth and Physical Science

Science Explorers is a unique professional development program offering daylong, activity-based science workshops to teams composed of a teacher and five students. Teachers and students (in grades 4-8) work side-by-side, allowing teachers to observe students' interaction with inquiry-driven activities and standards-based content. Science Explorers workshops provide exciting, hands-on learning experiences for everyone involved.

After attending a workshop, teachers will receive a certificate demonstrating 5-hours of professional development that can be used for maintaining their Colorado Teaching License. Science Explorers workshops are held at schools, college campuses and community centers across the state, and are open to school and learning groups from surrounding communities. We can customize programs for a single class, an entire grade or multiple schools in a district to help save on costs.

The World of Waves: Technology and Innovation in Life, Earth and Physical Science workshop blends cutting-edge science, interactive technology, student-directed inquiry and research on supporting the next generation of innovators, scientists and engineers. Driven by Colorado's Academic Standards, as well as Next Generation Science Standards, this program incorporates content for 4th-8th grade teachers and learners focused on the fundamental role of waves in science, technology, innovation and CU research in three exciting modules:

Acoustics, Signals and Human Body Systems:
This module focuses on the role of waves in human body systems through student-directed inquiry using modern medical technologies and explorations of the fundamental science behind sound waves and hearing.

Making Waves in Earth Science:
Focused on the essential role waves play in understanding the Earth System, plate tectonics and natural disasters, this module blends hands-on activities and fundamental physics with the development of key skills and abilities that innovative people need.

Electromagnetism, Technology and Innovation:
This module blends opportunities for innovative thinking with activities using thermal cameras, night vision systems, lasers and signals in an engaging module focused on the essential role electromagnetic waves play in 21st-century tools and technologies.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

In Colorado

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE)
  • Department of Physics

Sponsoring Units

Continuing Education, Division of

  • Science Discovery

Program Contact

Hester Nadel

Program Categories


  • Biological Sciences
  • Education (K-12)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Sustainability and Energy
  • Technology

Program Types:

  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Workshop


  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School

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