Smart is Cool

Hear Dom Testa on Colorado Matters!

Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa turned up this week on the popular radio program Colorado Matters. He talked with host Ryan Warner about a wide range of topics, from the inception of The Big Brain Club to the upcoming book for parents called Smart is Cool. You can read a recap of the interview — or stream it in its entirety! — right here. Colorado Matters airs regularly on Colorado Public Radio. It’s a great show (even when they aren’t talking about The Big Brain Club!), and highly recommended.... Read More

New Student Authors Published!

If it seems like there are more young authors walking the streets of Fort Collins these days, it’s not your imagination. In the past week, more than 50 student authors have seen their work in print for the very first time. Last Friday, The Big Brain Club released the second volume of creative writing from the students at Preston Middle School. The book features original short stories, poems, and essays penned by Preston students. Each student who was featured in the book received his/her own copy, and another 500 copies... Read More

Big Brain Club, Avs, and DU Team Up to Raise $7k!

The Big Brain Club is very proud to announce that our recent Get Your Nerd On Day with the Colorado Avalanche was a huge success, raising more than $7,000 for our school partner programs! The event drew more than 700 students and parents to the Pepsi Center on March 8. Prior to the Avs’ matinee grudge match with the St. Louis Blues, the University of Denver’s Physics Department provided interactive science experiments, and the Avs’ own “ice guru” Tony Kreusch talked with Big Brain Clubbers about the physics of ice... Read More

Big Brains and Robotics!

This year, for the first time, The Big Brain Club branched out beyond publishing books and donating classroom technology and dipped our toes in the world of high school robotics. Our gamble paid off. As a contributing sponsor of the robotics program at Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School (and more specifically, the school’s Center for Communication Technology Magnet), we are proud to announce that TJ has several teams competing at next week’s Colorado Regional FRC Competition! The event will be held April 3-5 at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena,... Read More

Student Spotlight: Zoe Miller

I have participated in professional and community theatre since I was 7, and in retrospect, have realized that it helps me live the best version of myself on a daily basis. First, theatre gives back to both the audience and performers. It gives audiences a gratifying experience, new perspectives, and knowledge of different cultures and time periods. Similarly, I have also gained knowledge and learned to give back. I think half of the SAT vocabulary words I know were originally introduced to me through musical theatre lyrics! My love of... Read More

Student Spotlight: Alexa Hampton

On February 8, Alexa Hampton of South High School attended the Girls Lead the Way Engineering Conference on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, Colorado. This engineering conference hosted over 130 high school girls from all over the state and was led by the Society of Women Engineers. The conference opened with remarks by Captain Christin Mastracchio, a B-52 bomber pilot in the Air Force. Everyone then spent time with Colorado School of Mines students, learning about professionalism. In the afternoon, each participant chose a specific engineering field... Read More

Profile: John Urschel

People like to talk about the imaginary division between students. In television and movies, especially, we’re told that there are ‘jocks’ and ‘preppies’ and ‘nerds’, and that each is distinct from the other. As if any of us is just one thing, and nothing more. With that in mind, let’s talk for a minute about John Urschel. John Urschel played football for Penn State from 2009 to 2013. He is a lineman, a grunt. Not the kind of household name you typically would associate with glory. But last month, he... Read More

Youth Playwrights Win Big at DCPA

More evidence that Smart is Cool: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) announced today three finalists for the inaugural Regional Youth Playwriting Workshop and Competition for Colorado high school students. Finalists Victoria Capraro (Denver School of the Arts), Jack Fletcher (East High School) and Laurain Park (Alexander Dawson High School) will receive a $250 cash scholarship, a staged reading at the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit and a complimentary pass to any reading or production at the Summit. In addition, their teachers will receive a $250 gift certificate... Read More

High School GT Students Honored

The following is a guest post submitted by Brian Weaver, High School Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Denver Public Schools. Got a tip on some impressive student achievement? Submit your own post to The Big Brain Club here. * * * On December 18, the Student Panel of HGT High School students lent their voices to our pre-service teachers at The University of Denver — the majority of whom are student teaching in DPS schools — about the unique experiences and needs of gifted learners. The results were powerful. What... Read More

Student Spotlight: Girl Power!

There are plenty of skills that students hope to acquire while in school — reading and writing proficiently, basic mathematical functions, etc. But one of the single most important skills that anyone can learn is problem solving. A team of 9th grade girls from North Carolina seems to have acquired those problem solving skills . . . and a whole lot more. They’ve developed a system of interconnected desks that turns the simple foot-tapping of students into electricity that can power things like laptops, fans, and study lights. The team... Read More