Colorado Jr Scientists League

University of Colorado, STOMP Program

Educational Activities and Resources


The summer camp was made possible by the following team of people, our collaborators and sponsoring organizations:


The Crackerjack Team

Emily Quinty is an student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating with a BA in Astrophysics in May 2007. She became very interested in teaching while participating in the STEM-TP program at CU as a Learning Assistant for an introductory physics class for two semesters. She realized that she loves teaching and decided to find an opportunity that would allow her to work with secondary students in science classes. She then went on to become a Fellow in the GK-12 program at CU for a year, during which time she worked at Manhattan Middle School in Boulder. Then she was able to contribute to the Jr. Science League Summer Camp by helping to develop curriculum, being a lead instructor, and by helping with the analysis of the assessments. Having the opportunity to actually be the teacher and to have a large influence on the curriculum and assessment, allowed Emily to see what it is like to be a teacher--and she loved it! These experiences solidified her love for teaching science and helped her realize her passion for teaching under-served populations. To reach her goal of becoming a secondary science teacher for under-served populations, Emily will be applying for the Boettcher's Teacher Program at the University of Denver to pursue a Masters Degree in Urban Secondary Science Education as well as a teaching license.


Turhan Carroll is from Newport News, Virginia, but currently lives in Raleigh North Carolina. He is a senior at North Carolina State University (Go Pack!), and is majoring in physics and applied mathematics.  He aspires to go to graduate school after he graduates and intends to persue a Ph. D in Physics Education Research, then possibly do a post doctoral program or teach somewhere for a while.  His end goal is to open high schools for "at risk" youth.  He got involved in this program because he thought it would be a good opportunity to get some experience teaching, planning lessons, and getting good feedback on how he could improve as an instructor.


Chandra Turpen is a third year graduate student working towards her PhD in Physics at the University of Colorado. She is currently working as a research assistant in the field of Physics Education Research. She is still refining her research interests, but has done research in following areas: How do faculty practices change as they engage in using new educational technologies? Does the process of using new educational technologies impact the beliefs that faculty members have about the nature of science and the nature of teaching and learning? What organizational factors support or impede faculty change? What is the role of the individual in departmental cultural change? She has approached these research questions using mixed methodologies, namely quantitative classroom assessments and extensive qualitative data collection through participant observations of classroom practices and interviews. She became involved in organizing and implementing this camp to bring science to populations under-represented in science in new and innovative ways. Also she was motivated to empower and engage prospective teachers by allowing them to design and lead activities in positive authentic educational environments.


Linda Koch is the Outreach Coordinator for JILA, a joint institute between NIST and CU, located on the CU campus. Linda has an MS and Ph.D. in atmospheric physical chemistry, and currently does research on how students learn thermodynamics. In addition, Linda organizes visits for JILA graduate students and postdocs to local middle and high schools, and visits of school groups to JILA. One of JILA’s outreach goals is to communicate science to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics. Working with the I Have A Dream Foundation was a great way to achieve that goal.


Noah Finkelstein :: (303) 735-6082 ::
Noah is an assistant professor of Physics Education Research (PER) in the department and creates and studies conditions which promote students' interest and ability in physics, education and the intersection of these domains. He is deeply committed to blending research, teaching, and community partnership. Therefore he's
pretty excited about the CU STOMP and Junior League of Scientists and our partnership with the I Have a Dream Foundation and the CU Science Discovery Center.

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Our Collaborators

JILA Education and Outreach

From their website:

JILA graduate students have visited Boulder Preparatory High School, Boulder High School, Fairview High School, Evergreen High School, and Casey Middle School. The AMO center has supported an after-school science club at Casey (Spring 2006), physics classes at Boulder Prep (Spring and Summer 2006), and a week of science camp for middle school students with the I Have a Dream Foundation (Summer 2006).

Part of our outreach mission is to encourage young people who are traditionally underrepresented in science to explore a career in physics. We are working hard to establish long-term relationships with schools that have diverse student populations. If you know a group of students or school that would like to participate in the AMO center's outreach program, please contact their Outreach Coordinator.


I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

From their website:

The "I Have a Dream"® Foundation of Boulder County (IHAD) is a long-term dropout prevention program for low-income children in Boulder County, Colorado. Our goal is to provide at-risk children with the knowledge, social intelligence, and academic commitment necessary to succeed as students, as adults, and as productive, engaged citizens. As an incentive to encourage this personal development, IHAD also offers post-secondary tuition-assistance scholarships to those participating students who complete our program and graduate from high school. Children enter our program in elementary school - usually in second or third grade - and continue to participate through high school. We currently serve 259 children and their families - a total of over 800 individuals at six IHAD learning centers.

Programs are offered after school and throughout the summer and include:

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We would like to thank the following organizations:


Building on local resources, networks, and projects, the Colorado PhysTEC will: support the (re)vitalization of an undergraduate major track in physics and teaching through reforms in undergraduate introductory courses, and increased access to teaching for physics majors; support efforts to more thoroughly mix reformed pedagogy into departmental practice; partner with the School of Education, the TPC collaborative, the CPU-II PET Project, and local schools to create and maintain a continuum of K-12 teacher preparation that begins in the college of Arts and Sciences; partner with other CU initiatives and local schools to create opportunities for school teachers to collaborate in education at the university and in the schools, and conduct research studies within and evaluations of these coordinated activity systems.

Tufts University Center for Engineering Educational Outreach CEEO and Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program STOMP

The Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program at Tufts University's Center for Engineering Educational Outreach places approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate engineering students each year in K-12 classrooms and after school programs to facilitate engineering education. To date the program has reached approximately 2000 K-12 students. The CU STOPM program is inspired by the Tufts STOMP program, however more broadly targets science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Physics Education Teachnology Group (PhET)

The goal of this project is to advance physics education by advancing the effectiveness of learning materials, to produce those learning materials, and to understand why they work. The Physics Education Technology Group has designed and researched a multitude of computer simulations designed to allow students to investigate physics content. These simulations are available free on the web.


This work has been supported in part by:

The National Science Foundation, the APS / AIP/ AAPT PhysTEC program,  the NSF Frontier Center at JILA, the CU Science Discovery and the Physics Education Research group at CU.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the camp, the students, and those  
working with the students and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, the APS, AIP, AAPT, or University of  

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2006 CU@Boulder PER@C For information contact C.Turpen or N. Finkelstein