Concepts in Color

The Concepts in Color program is a collaboration between Shipman, Thompson and  Milliken Elementary (ME) 5th-grade teachers Alan Plaisance, Sam Schleiger, Corina Strickland, and Jason Aldridge, as well as Roosevelt High School teacher Brian Wells and his students. The project goals are

  1. to integrate theory and practice in a formal program for 5th-grade students at ME that fuses math, science, and communication in a series of interdisciplinary modules utilizing techniques of small-scale sustainable science (S4).
  2. to give ME students and teachers the opportunity to visit CSU and to interact with CSU faculty and students.
  3. to give students at Roosevelt High School and Colorado State University the chance to work with ME students.

The program was funded in the 2012-2013 by a grant from The Community Foundation Littler Youth Fund. We are working with Roosevelt HS principal Trevor Long and Dr. Trevor Long, superintendent of the school district (WELD RE-5J) to plan an expanded program for the 2013-2014 school year. The vision is for the program to develop into a district-wide endeavor that will connect with the district’s program endeavors involving themes of energy and water. Many CSU undergraduate and graduate students volunteered for the program in 2012-2013, and we hope to more permanently involve CSU students in the program as it develops.

Contact Info

College of Natural Sciences
Department of Mathematics
Laboratory for Mathematics in the Sciences
Stephen Thompson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry
Patrick Shipman, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics – (970) 491-6488