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  • Friday Night Stargazing at Sommers-Bausch Observatory Free Public Open Houses are held on Sommers-Bausch Observatory's Observing Deck on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the year whenever the University of Colorado is in session. Starting time is 8:00 p.m. (fall and spring semesters) and 9:00 p.m. (during the summer). You're also invited to drop by from next-door Fiske Planetarium after its Friday evening starshow ends...
  • Front Range Pika Project The general public is invited to take part in a citizen-science program focused on the American pika, a small relative of rabbits that inhabits the Rockies and other rocky places throughout the western US. Volunteers are trained and coordinated through the Front Range Pika Project's citizen science program (a partnership of Denver Zoo and Rocky Mountain Wild)...
  • Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment is a research center under Colorado Law that serves the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching, and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for our lands, waters, and environment...
  • Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES) Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES) is a unique program designed to encourage interest and excitement about science in 4th and 5th grade girls. The program consists of six weekly after school visits to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum). While at the Museum, the girls explore the sciences of archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology through hands-on activities using real museum specimens and direct interaction with scientists and museum professionals...
  • Green Energy Distribution in Rural Haiti The Green Energy Distribution in Rural Haiti is a collaborative project of the Electrical, Computer and Engineering Department (ECE), the Mortensen Center for Engineering in Developing Communities, L’Institut de Technique de la Cote-Sud, Friends of Fond des Blancs, Centura Global Health Initiatives, IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), and IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC), with funding from IEEE HAC and Venture Well...
  • Green Teams The Energy Green Teams visit the Hill, East Campus and Goss/Grove neighborhoods to distribute compact florescent light bulbs and sink aerators to residents that are home. They discuss energy saving tips and distribute educational materials to residents.
  • Growing Up Boulder Established in the spring of 2009, Growing Up Boulder is an on-going city-wide initiative to help make Boulder an exemplary child- and youth-friendly city that is inclusive with meaningful opportunities for participation in urban planning and design. As a partnership amongst the University of Colorado, CU Office for University Outreach, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Valley School District, youth-serving organizations, and pre-K through high-school youth, Growing Up Boulder addresses the rights of children and youth within local policies, laws, programs and budgets...
  • Hip Hop in the Classroom Hip Hop in the Classroom is an initiative to that uses the beats and rhymes of rap music to help middle and high school students master the language arts. It delivers the latest scholarly resources to the students and the teachers that need them the most, with the immediate goal of fostering a diverse learning environment and with the long term goal of establishing a bridge between area high school students and the University of Colorado, Boulder...
  • Inquiry Hub The "Inquiry Hub" project brings together a partnership of educational researchers, computer scientists, school district leaders, curriculum developers, interactive resource providers, and multiple publishers of STEM curricula to undertake a systemic approach to learner-centered teaching that promotes adaptability and responsiveness to the differing needs of diverse learners...
  • Insect Explorers Guided Program Explore the structure and life cycle of insects, focusing on butterflies, beetles, grasshoppers, and bees. This program is part guided exploration of exhibits and part station-based, hands-on workshop. Guided programs at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder campus are designed as interactive and hands-on learning experiences where students use objects, inquiry, and critical thinking skills to discover, wonder and reflect...
  • Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project The Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project database and website were created as a project of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School. The Project is maintained through grants and in conjunction with the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and the School of Public Health...
  • INVST INVST is a CU Boulder academic program that focuses on social and environmental justice. In a reciprocal partnership that allows CU undergraduates to learn first-hand about environmental and social problems, as well as meet the needs of community organizations, we send INVST students to Arizona each year to learn and serve with our partners at the Black Mesa Water Coalition...
  • INVST Collaboration with the Black Mesa Water Coalition The Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC), based in Piñon, Arizona (part of the Navajo Nation), would like to deepen its partnership with INVST by working to turn BMWC’s women’s wool buying project into a worker-owned cooperative business. BMWC has invited INVST to research ways to start worker-owned cooperatives, and then present that information to them...
  • INVST Community Leadership Program The INVST Community Leadership Program combines academics with activism, for CU undergraduates who are interested in social and environmental justice. The Community Leadership Program (CLP) is a life-altering educational experience that exposes students to what is, and cultivates them as leaders to work for what could be. Each year, the Community Leadership Program accepts applications in November and in February...
  • INVST Community Studies Electives INVST Community Studies Electives foster community engagement, civic responsibility and leadership potential in CU undergraduates. The courses we offer include "Facilitating Peaceful Community Change," "Responding to Social and Environmental Problems through Service Learning," "Teaching Social Justice," and "Nonviolent Social Movements." Many Community Studies Electives satisfy major and minor requirements; some fulfill core requirements; and all INVST instructors are dedicated to creating a sense of community in the classroom...
  • Job Creation Subsidies and the Colorado State Assembly This project has two components. The intent of the first is to establish the facts regarding job creation and destruction in the State of Colorado. Our economy is much more dynamic than is generally understood. An understanding of this dynamism will help clarify the contributions that individual companies and industries can make to State employment levels, and thereby the extent to which subsidies might be appropriate...
  • Journalism and Mass Communication/High School Outreach for Journalism The Office of Student Inclusiveness and Scholarships at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Journalism and Mass Communication Program hosts 40 high school students each summer as part of the Summer High School Developmental Program in Journalism. The students from the state of Colorado, primarily from the Boulder/Denver metro area and rural communities, who have expressed interest in media careers, participate in the summer campus program for a 5 to 6 weeks...
  • Junior Aerospace Engineering The Junior Aerospace Engineering camp brings the science of the LASP-affiliated Institute for Modeling Plasmas and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) to underserved/underrepresented students ranging in age from elementary through high school. Our program partner, Casa de la Esperanza, recruits and provides students from families of Hispanic agricultural workers, the primary audience it serves...
  • Just Transition Collaborative The Just Transition Collaborative (JTC) engages in community partnerships to advance social and environmental justice in the transition from fossil fuels toward a renewable-based economy and in response to a warming climate. We work to support leadership of underrepresented individuals and groups to foster more equitable energy, climate and employment practices and policies, as well as to produce community-relevant research...
  • K-12 Engineering Education Initiatives The ITL Program, within CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science, offers an extensive number of K-12 engineering education initiatives to help students and teachers become aware of the possibilities of an engineering career. Through the various offerings, K-12 students learn that engineering is about creating things to improve society; that engineering is a fun and rewarding career; and that engineers are creative problem solvers who work in teams to design great new technology for everyday use...