The Office of Pre-College Outreach and Engagement
The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado Boulder is an institutionally-funded academic enhancement program for targeted middle and high school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first generation students in pursuit of their higher education goals. PCDP is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll and be successful at the University of Colorado or any postsecondary institution of the student's choice.
The Pre-Collegiate Middle School Program
The Pre-Collegiate Middle School Academic Program (PCMSAP) is designed to adequately prepare first generation college bound students in grades 7th and 8th to enroll in a college preparatory curriculum and successfully complete their secondary school career.
The Pre-Collegiate High School Program
The Pre-Collegiate High School Program is the continuation of the Pre-Collegiate Middle School Academic Program and is designed to continue the preparation of its first-generation participants to successfully complete their secondary school career and transition to the college of their choice.
Upward Bound Program
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree, and low-income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES)
Girls At the Museum Exploring Science (GAMES) is a unique program designed to encourage interest and excitement about science in 4th and 5th grade girls. The program consists of six weekly after school visits to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum). While at the Museum, the girls explore the sciences of archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology through hands-on activities using real museum specimens and direct interaction with scientists and museum professionals. At the end of the six weeks, families of participants are invited to the museum for a pizza dinner and exploration.
Adaptation and Variation: Colorado Animals and Plants Program
Guided programs at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder campus are designed as interactive and hands-on learning experiences where students use objects, inquiry, and critical thinking skills to discover, wonder and reflect.
Community-University Partnership to Improve High School Math Performance and Engagements Among at Risk Students
The goal of this project is to implement an innovative positive psychology intervention aimed at improving high school math performance, particularly among high school girls and Hispanics/ Latinos. This year we successfully piloted this intervention in four diverse math classes at Niwot High School. This outreach award will allow us to expand this exciting project, and to more specifically target at-risk Hispanic/ Latino and female students.
Art Meets Science: 3D Modeling of Cell Structures
The importance of integrating visual and spatial skills to engage learners has been well documented. Children are visual and creative beings, and it follows that teaching science in a visual-spatial environment will aid in their ability to learn and help them become excited about science. In this project, we offer a unique outreach opportunity to blend art with science by partnering with a St. Vrain Valley Public School that is a Focus School for the Arts (Sunset Middle School). We will provide an opportunity to teach 3D modeling software developed in our lab (Boulder Laboratory for 3D Electron Microscopy of Cells) and will supply computer-based, cell volume data sets for the students to model, study and display in an artistic context.
CIRES: Geomagnetism in the MESA Classroom: An Essential Science for Modern Society
Geomagnetism in the MESA Classroom is a four-part after-school module sponsored by NASA that allows students to explore geomagnetism. Students will use compasses, perform navigation exercises, complete a caching activity, and attend a field trip to NOAA's David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder.
Colorado Math Circle
Join the Colorado Math Circle for exciting math talks and problem solving sessions hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Speakers will include math professors and mathematicians from around the state. Topics are expected to include number theory, combinatorics, probability, and geometry.
CU Science Discovery is a science education outreach program of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education. Founded in 1983 to heighten young students’ interest in science, CU Science Discovery coordinates an array of programs that connect K-12 students and teachers to current CU science. Each program utilizes CU scientific expertise, equipment, resources and graduate or undergraduate students in order to provide K-12 students and teachers with unique, experiential learning STEM experiences. All programs are designed to be highly interactive and relevant, in order to engage students in the scientific process while connecting them to the science and technology present in their everyday lives.