Friday Night Stargazing at Sommers-Bausch Observatory
Free public open houses are held at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (SBO) on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the year when CU Boulder classes are in session. Open houses begin at 8:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters and 9:00 p.m. during the summer. Open House nights are free.
In addition to SBO's pier-mounted 20-inch Planewave telescopes, the program also has tripod-mounted binoculars and the world's largest starwheel for identifying bright stars and constellations...
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 picture to the right depicts a portion of the 12 kW solar array that serves both to power the l'Institut Technique de la Côte Sud (ITCS) compound and as a teaching tool for ITCS students in the renewable energy program. Construction of the micro-grid (the solar photovoltaic array plus a bank of lithium ferro phosphate batteries to store the energy) took place between 2017 and 2019 as a joint project of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) of the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) and faculty and students of ITCS with funding from UCB and the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC)...
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
Growing Up Boulder is Boulder’s “child and youth-friendly city initiative” that began in the spring of 2009 as a collaboration between the University of Colorado (CU), the City of Boulder, and Boulder Valley School District working in partnership with local non-profits, businesses, and many children and youth. GUB is an internationally recognized model of best practice in the field of child-friendly cities...
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...
Impacts of Oil and Gas for Colorado Residents
The rapid spread of oil and gas drilling in Colorado has led to concerns about public health and conflicts between oil and gas operators, state regulators, municipalities, and residents. Our ability to effectively regulate oil and gas development has been hampered by a lack of knowledge of the risks and benefits and difficulty in accounting for these trade- offs and their effects on citizens at different scales...
In-Service Day Museum Workshops for Children
The CU Museum of Natural History offers workshops for children in grades K-5 to:
-engage in fun, hands-on, and stimulating science activities
-enjoy expeditions through museum exhibits and collections
-touch and explore real museum objects
-participate in entertaining activities and games
-make creative take home projects
Workshops offered Spring Semester 2016 include:
February 12: Boulder backyard archaeology
April 15: A world of butterflies
Please visit the Museum Event calendar for full descriptions:
Indigenous Connections at Rocky Mountain National Park
The Center of the American West (CAW), the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS), Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), and representatives from the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray in Utah, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado, are carrying out a project that seeks to improve the educational and interpretive programs at Rocky Mountain National Park in ways that are more inclusive of tribal nations...
The "Inquiry Hub" is a research-practice partnership brings together educational researchers, computer scientists, school district leaders, teachers, and students from Denver Public Schools, 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...
International English Center Volunteering Course
In their bi-annual Volunteering Elective Course, International English Center’s instructors use service learning as a foundation to help international students improve their English skills, interact with community partners, and critically reflect on their experiences. The students, mostly from the Middle East, Asia and South America, volunteer with programs on campus such as Better Boulder Day of Service and the Green Stampede and non-profit organizations throughout Boulder county including local elementary schools, retirement communities, and food banks...
Interpretive nature walks at the Mountain Research Station
Located at 2900 m (9500 feet) in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, the Mountain Research Station (MRS) is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research providing research and educational opportunities for scientists, students, and the public. Our mission is to facilitate research and education to better understand the unique patterns and processes of biotic and physical systems in mountains, and how environmental changes may influence these patterns and processes...
Investigating Continuity between Mathematics Participation and African-American Identity: Opportunities to Support Mathematics Practices in the Home
This project was developed to address the need to increase participation of African-American students into STEM professions, and to improve African-American mathematics achievement and interest. The focus of this project is on the role of parents in supporting children’s mathematics learning, and as a resource in identifying supports and needs within communities related to mathematics learning...
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...
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...
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...
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