Tag Archives: high school

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

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

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

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

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

Building a Better Student: Beyond the Diploma

Every year, the job market is swamped with millions of new high school and college graduates, each racing to land one of the few job openings. The competition is not unlike musical chairs, with more applicants than positions, and it can be heartbreaking for a student who has worked hard for four years – or more – in preparation for this one opportunity. Often they end up settling for a position unrelated to their studies. In fact, according to The Washington Post, barely one-fourth of college graduates are in a... 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

New Student Authors Published!

The Big Brain Club today unveils the finished product from our latest student publishing program: The Big Brain Club at Falcon Bluffs Middle School. This is the latest evolution of our Student Publishing Program, which allows middle school students an opportunity to work with nearby high schoolers in producing a professional, high-quality book of their creative writing. “What these students have accomplished is wildly impressive,” said Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa. “Not just the stellar creative writing of the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, but also the hard work... Read More