The "Science of Magic" was a big hit at the 2015 Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College on April 4th. Over 1,500 kids of all ages took over the CC campus to learn real magic tricks based on science from CC Cool Science Club students. They also enjoyed dozens of other hands-on science activities sponsored by local organizations, tours and "Science Magic" shows presented by Cool Science and Black's Magic. Check out some of Phil Barnett's photos.
Cool Science made a guest appearance on the April 2nd KXRM's Fox 21 News at 6:30 pm to promote the Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College on April 4th. Watch the video as Kate demonstrates "The Mysterious Loops", just one of 10 cool Science Magic tricks featured at the festival.
Did you know that Cool Science now has a YouTube channel? Okay, we're not talking about James Cameron quality stuff here, but you can watch cool videos of some of our best demonstrations and fun experiments to try at home. Check often- we add more all the time. You'll also find links to many of our favorite science videos that we find on other YouTube channels.
Our 2nd Annual Cool Science Kid's Mini Fruitcake Toss was a lot of food-fightin' fun for all in attendance (January 3rd, 2015 at Imagination Celebration's iSpace in the Citadel mall)! Competitiors built their own wooden mini catapults, then used them to launch tiny fruitcakes and marshmallows for prizes. Top winners were Brennen Huff (≤5yrs), Stephanie Campbell (6-8), John Campbell (9-10) and Issac Kelley (11-13). John and Stephanie tied for the longest flings of the day at 38 feet! Coldon and Alexis Niles also won prizes for the Best Decorated catapults. Thanks to Mark Reis from the Colorado Springs Gazette for a great photo slideshow. Hope to see all of you again next year (tentatively January 9, 2016)!
The Winter 2014/15 Cool Science Newsletter is out (HTML or PDF 513KB). Read about our new Girl Scout STEM Workshops at Colorado College, and how you can bring programs like this to your school. You can also learn how to make a snowflake fly using electric fields, as well as the science behind a cool little stocking stuffer toy. If you're not on our mailing list yet, be sure to sign up so you will get your own copies in the future.
Cool Science was honored in 2012 by the El Pomar Foundation as the Charles L. Tutt Award for Excellence winner in Education. El Pomar's signature program, "Awards for Excellence" annually recognizes the state's highest performing nonprofit organizations, and this year's winners each received $25,000 grants. This is actually the second time that Cool Science has won this prestigious award (the first was in 2006), and we again thank the Foundation and it's trustees, as well as all of our volunteers who make everything that we do possible.