It's almost here! The 2015 Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College will be Saturday, April 4th. Join hundreds of kids and take over the CC campus to enjoy over 50 FREE, fun and exciting hands-on science activity stations, shows and tours hosted by Cool Science and CC's Cool Science Club. Dozens of local organizations will also sponsor activities. More information will be posted here soon, but in the meantime check out some of the photos from last year, and please help us keep this event free by making a small donation through Colorado Gives.
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 proud to be selected as one of 75 local nonprofits worthy of your support in the Colorado Springs Independent's 2014 GiVE! Campaign. Thanks to everyone who donated, and while the Give! is now over, you can still help us to provide year-round hands-on science to kids throughout eastern Colorado with a donation of any amount through Community First Foundation's Colorado Gives campaign!
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.