About 15 middle school students demonstrated video game creations using fruit, Play-Doh and USB cables for teachers from Colorado, the nation and even Switzerland. It was the final day of the annual Scalable Game Design Summer Institute, a research project housed in CU-Boulder’s Department of Computer Science.
A financial literacy course, built from scratch and led by students from the Leeds School of Business last semester, had middle-schoolers not only learning about basic concepts like budgeting and debt, but also collaborating on the investment of a $25k stock portfolio.
High school senior Marlene Talamantes clearly has a way with words. She spent a day at the University of Colorado Law School and spoke her way right into a trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Before the competition, Talamantes was not sure she would go to college. Now she sees college as a definite part of her future and plans to pursue a career in teaching or law.
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s highly praised school anti-violence tour continues in spring 2013 with a new program based on “The Tempest” that focuses on themes of vengeance and forgiveness.
Created in conjunction with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder, CSF’s “Twelfth Night” anti-bullying tour has now been seen by more than 22,000 Colorado schoolchildren. That inaugural program examined the problem of bullying through the character Malvolio.
STEM education at CU-Boulder is having a ripple effect, transforming undergraduate and graduate-level classrooms; boosting the number of STEM majors pursuing teaching careers; and fanning out to improve STEM learning at K-12 levels. CU gathers to celebrate STEM scholarship and education projects this Oct. 1 at the 4th Annual Symposium on STEM Education.
When the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off for its journey to the International Space Station in 2009, it had on board two butterfly habitats, which were part of an experiment conducted by CU-Boulder and K–12 students across the country.
Associate Professor William McGinley is no stranger to innovative outreach projects that significantly impact communities, K-12 students and teachers. His latest project, Tell Your Story: Composing a Life, integrates storytelling, creative writing and visual arts in teaching a diverse group of middle school students to memorialize important life experiences.
“The telling of our own life story is the one creative work of art in which we are all engaged,” McGinley said. “This program provides young people with art-based opportunities to imagine and tell their stories.”