Tag Archives: science

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

All Access Classrooms – Hydroponics

The Big Brain Club is proud to announce the launch of a new video series: All Access Classrooms. The concept is simple. We’ll take our cameras behind the scenes to highlight some of the great things happening in classrooms all across Colorado (and beyond). Are you a teacher looking for new ideas? A student hungry for fun projects? Or just someone who wants to be impressed by the amazing things that take place — but are rarely reported — in schools every day? No matter your demographic, the All Access... 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

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

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

Get Your Nerd On with Buzz Aldrin!

Saturday, May 24 — Get Your Nerd On with Buzz Aldrin at Barnes & Noble! American astronaut and living legend Buzz Aldrin is a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. A pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon as a member of Apollo 11, Aldrin is also an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary missions. Aldrin has a vision, and in his new book Mission to Mars he plots a path... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 3

This is the last of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Writing this last blog on @preses14 I am at a loss to wrap up my thoughts. What do you say about a conference that was so well put together by teachers that have not paused their teaching job in order to act as hosts? There are many ways to understand something.... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 2

This is the second of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Morning Two (Algebra I) I used to believe that the best Professional Development meant having real conversations with teachers who teach in similar content areas. This opinion changed when I saw Preston’s Algebra 1 class (as taught by the incredible Kathy Sampson). I now believe that the best Professional Development is... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 1

This is the first of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * I was invited to the #preses14 conference to experience something different while connecting with other like-minded teachers. Day one did not disappoint. There were three things I was hoping to be able to do at the conference, and I had a taste of each one by the end of the first... Read More

The Science of Snowboarding

With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games approaching, we’ll all soon be marveling at the raw skill and ability of athletes from all over the world — and asking ourselves, How do they do that? But a new video series produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation helps remind us that it’s not just about the skill and ability of the athletes. Science and engineering also play a huge role. Check out this video featuring Shaun White, arguably the greatest snowboarder in the world. Notice that when discussing the factors... Read More