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Alicia Keys: ‘You Are Allowed to Be Smart’

You know Alicia Keys. She is the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter behind hits like ‘Fallin’ and ‘A Woman’s Worth’. She has major songwriting chops, a killer voice, a winning smile, and, if that weren’t enough, she’s a genuinely beautiful woman to boot. Keys also happens to be an exceptionally smart and hard-working person. She was valedictorian of her performing arts high school when she graduated at age 16, and in every interview or public appearance she makes, her thoughtfulness and intelligence is reaffirmed. Smart. Beautiful. Talented. Things must have really... Read More

Get Your Nerd On With Dinosaurs This Saturday!

The Big Brain Club is thrilled to announce another ‘Get Your Nerd On Day’ this Saturday, June 27, at Barnes & Noble on Colorado Blvd! And this time, we’re bringing dinosaurs. Rawrrr. From 10:00 a.m. to noon, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will be on hand with their interactive Sculpt-a-saurus activities. This is a fun opportunity for kids in grades 2 and up to create their own dinosaurs while learning about how scientists and artists work together to understand the deep past. (Please note that pre-registration is required... Read More

High School Sophomore Develops Cool New Software!

Henry Rogers probably wasn’t the first student to see the need for a more focused, universal method for teachers to share assignments (and other related information) with the kids in their classes. He was just the first one to do something about it. Henry just wrapped up his sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver. Along the way, he got connected with the Academic Mentorship Program run by an organization called Community Resources. That program hooked him up with Aspenware, a progressive technology company — they build apps... Read More

BBC Founder is 2015 YOBOD Selection!

We are thrilled to announce that Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa’s first young adult book, The Comet’s Curse, has been chosen as the ‘Youth One Book One Denver’ selection for 2015! ‘Youth One Book One Denver’ is a city-wide program that engages students in reading and helps prevent the “summer slide” that often afflicts kids during summer vacation. The program serves over 3,000 Denver-area youth, many of whom are from low-income families. Nearly 30 summer programs are involved, including Denver Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts,... Read More

Science, Hockey, and Pi Day!

On Saturday, March 14, The Big Brain Club once again teamed up with the Colorado Avalanche and the University of Denver’s Society of Physics Students for Get Your Nerd On Day at the Pepsi Center. More than 550 students and parents joined us for an afternoon of interactive science experiments, games, prizes, and NHL hockey. This is part of a series of community learning events that bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application. Previous events have included an exclusive presentation from astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a nutrition-based workshop with... Read More

Get Your Nerd On with the Colorado Avalanche!

Big Brain Clubbers in Colorado: get ready for another wildly entertaining (and educational) community learning day. On Saturday, March 14, we’re hosting another spectacular night of fun with the Colorado Avalanche! Get ridiculously discounted tickets (in some cases almost 50% off!), and come join us for an evening of interactive science activities, behind-the-scenes access at the Pepsi Center, and NHL hockey! After last year’s huge success, we are once again teaming up with University of Denver’s Society of Physics Students for pregame activities. Last year’s event saw more than 700... Read More

Horizon Teacher Wins National Award!

Congratulations to Lindsey Blansit, science teacher at Horizon Middle School, for being one of just 25 teachers from the United States and Canada to receive the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. The award comes from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and is presented to outstanding K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching. As a recipient, Ms. Blansit will attend this year’s National Conference on Science Education in Chicago — and true to form, she is already thinking about how that experience will help her... Read More

Soledad Poetry Project in the News!

The Big Brain Club is thrilled to announce our first-ever California school partner: Soledad High School, in Monterey County! The students at Soledad have been working on a Student Publishing project since last fall, and their book will be available in a few short months. What makes this book so unique, however, is that for the first time ever the book is made up entirely of poetry. No short stories, no essays . . . just poetry! Last month, writer Sam Tidwell visited Soledad High School to talk with students... Read More

Meet Your New Favorite Teenaged Scientist

Peyton Robertson has a lot on his mind. The 13 year-old Florida native has a knack for identifying real-world problems and crafting clever solutions. He’s got three patents pending, including retractable training wheels for bicycles and a case that maintains a golf ball’s resting temperature. But it was another of Peyton’s inventions, a ‘sandless operational sandbag’ that helps address dangerous flooding near his Fort Lauderdale home, that netted him first place in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2013. His prize? $25,000, a trip to Costa Rica, and... Read More

Get a Smart Deal on Dinner at La Sandia!

Beyond our powerful in-school programs and fun-filled Get Your Nerd On Day events, one of The Big Brain Club’s most popular offerings has been the Food For Thought program. If you aren’t familiar, here’s the gist: we partner with popular Denver-area restaurants to offer you great deals on great meals — with proceeds benefiting our school programs. Everybody wins! Well, we’re thrilled to announce that our current Food For Thought partner is La Sandia — one of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s rapidly-growing Denver hotspots. Sandoval is internationally recognized as the... Read More