High School Stars to MATCHWITS on TV!

What do you get when you bring smart teens together to compete against one another on television for cool prizes? The answer, of course, is Matchwits! Matchwits is a weekly academic quiz program exclusively for Colorado high school students. The on-air tournament consists of four rounds of increasingly-difficult questions covering subjects like English, history, geography, science, and more. Matchwits is gearing up to start its 29th season on Rocky Mountain PBS in January. Want a little more information? No problem. Here’s a list of participating schools for 2013. Here are... Read More

Buzz Aldrin Event Postponed

UPDATE – NOV 15: We are sad to announce that Get Your Nerd On Day at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, November 16, has been postponed. Our special guest, Buzz Aldrin, is ill and will not be traveling to Denver this weekend. We will do our best to reschedule this event within the next month or two, but in the meantime, please keep Buzz in your thoughts. If you have any questions, please contact us here. Thanks, as always, for your support of The Big Brain Club. * * *... Read More

Preston Students Strong in Congressional Debut

Congratulations to the Preston Forensics/Debate Team! Last Friday, November 8th, the Forensics/Debate students from Preston Middle School competed in their first Congressional Debate tournament at Woodrow Wilson Academy in Westminster, Colo. All eight students won some type of award.     Here are the results: Megan Bean: First place superior speaker Max Banks: Second place superior speaker Anna Rehm: Third place superior speaker Jaclyn Ambrose: Third place superior speaker Jenna Lee: Third place superior speaker Tony Nielsen: Fourth place superior speaker Abby Tusing: Presiding officer Maddie Lamb: Presiding officer  ... Read More

Playwriting Workshop and Competition

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is launching a new playwriting initiative for Colorado high school students in the fall of 2013! The program will begin in late September and will accept one-act play submissions from October 1 through December 1. It is designed to advance and nurture Colorado’s promising young playwrights and developing theatre artists and audiences. “We have seen incredibly creative and provocative material coming from high school students,” said Director of Education, Tam Dalrymple Frye. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we discover the... Read More

New Video for Student Publishing Program!

Within the next few weeks, The Big Brain Club will be selecting our school partners for the 2013-14 Student Publishing Program. If you’re not familiar with it, get more information here. In the meantime, it’s not too late to apply! If you need more convincing, just check out our new video, featuring many of the successful students that have already been published: What are you waiting for? Apply to take part in The Big Brain Club’s Student Publishing Program right now! * * * * You should also see: STEAM... Read More

Brazilian Students Correct Bieber, Miley

Are you ready for your very favorite news story of the week? A school in Brazil called Red Balloon has been using grammatically incorrect tweets by celebrities — including Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber — to teach their students proper English. This incredibly creative tactic stems from an initiative called Celeb Grammar Cops, which the school unveiled earlier this year. These so-called Celeb Grammar Cops are actually students between the ages of 8 and 13. They seek out tweets from celebrities and (very politely) correct any errors... Read More

STEAM Fashion Workshop for Girls

Pretty Brainy, a cool nonprofit based in Northern Colorado, is offering a half-day STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning workshop for girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Pretty Brainy has built a strong reputation for giving girls practical, fun, hands-on fashion design projects that incorporate real-world elements of the STEM/STEAM curriculum. The upcoming Fashionably Mashed workshop will be held on Monday, Sept. 16 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at ArtLab Fort Collins (239 Linden Street in Old Town). This is a district-wide day off for K-8... Read More

Yummy Math: The Jock Tax

Math is pretty cool. Of course it sometimes takes a while to figure that out. Students tend to associate math with dry, out-of-context equations, when in reality math is the secret ingredient for nearly every cool thing in our lives, from fast cars to tall buildings to whatever new gadget Apple rolls out next. Every good teacher knows that the secret to getting students to appreciate math lies in making it real for them. Which is why we are grateful that middle school math teacher Ryan Martine turned us on... Read More

Barnes & Noble Fundraiser – June 1 – 8

We had a great time June 1st at the kickoff to our Barnes & Noble Fundraiser. Many rockets were flying! If you missed the party you still have an opportunity to get involved and help a worthy cause. Any item purchased at any Barnes & Noble store (or online at between now and June 8 benefits the Big Brian Club! But you MUST USE THIS VOUCHER:  ?Big Brain Club Voucher? This is a great opportunity to load up on your summer reading list and help support a worthy cause... Read More

Books and Rockets: Event Recap

We had a GREAT time at our book fair and rocket launch extravaganza last Saturday. Want proof? Just check out these photos. Huge thanks to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who brought a trio of mad geniuses to help our guests build (and launch!) some high-tech paper rockets. We’d also like to thank Dr. Andrew Aldrin from United Launch Alliance, who dazzled the audience with a very cool presentation on Mars, the moon, rockets, and the future of space exploration. Please remember that all of these fun shenanigans... Read More