Tag Archives: smart is cool

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

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

Student Spotlight: Emma Eagen

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Big Brain Club student Emma Eagen is one of those special people who inspire others to do and dream more through her kindness and compassion. She makes others hear and see. Her exemplary work habits provide her with the skills to excel and be successful in school — but also outside of school. She is a tremendously diligent and conscientious student who exemplifies all the qualities of a kind, compassionate, and considerate... Read More

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

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