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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

Be a Better Writer: 4 TED-Ed Videos

“There are three rules for writing a novel,” said W. Somerset Maugham. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Funny guy, that Maugham. And while he’s right that there are no official, absolute rules for writing, there are plenty of helpful guidelines to be found. (We really like Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing and Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers, among others.) When it comes to visual writing lessons, the folks at TED-Ed have done a magnificent job pulling together some really helpful videos for writers of... 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

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

Young Filmmakers Workshops 2014

Here’s a cool opportunity for Denver-area students aged 12-18: Denver Film Society’s Young Filmmakers Workshops! Over the course of the summer, students will learn (and refine) the art and practice of film production, work with local film industry professionals, collaborate with other young filmmakers, screen their work at public exhibitions, and develop their own portfolio of work. Denver Film Society // Young Filmmaker Workshops from Denver Film Society on Vimeo. This is a great program for budding #filmnerds, or for anyone with an interest in learning more about the art... 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

America’s Top Young Scientist is 14 Years Old

When it comes to bright ideas and serious innovation, there’s no minimum age requirement. Ninth-grader Deepika Kurup recently won the label of America’s Top Young Scientist — and a cool $25,000 as well — in a contest created by Discovery Education and 3M. The New York native designed a sustainable, solar-powered water purification system that could help solve a major global problem. You see, there are roughly a billion people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. There are purification systems available for some, but... Read More