Colorado has many K-12 STEM initiatives and programs developed for students from diverse backgrounds. These programs range from afterschool programs, summer programs held at schools, and STEM-centric school initiatives.

Learning the Scientific Method with Animal Behavior Experiments

Elementary school students learn about the basic ideas underlying the scientific method through doing experiments that deal with fundamental concepts in animal behavior. We focus on concepts such as observational versus experimental science, how natural observations lead to more directed questions, how to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them, and how to collect quantitative data, analyze and interpret them.


Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

The Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is designed to encourage high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). REAP students participate in hands-on research and development activities in an active research group at CSU for the summer. REAP is administered by the Academy of Applied Science and funded through grants from the US Army. As of 2013, students must be from a group that is historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM to be eligible for REAP. This includes: African American, Native Alaskan, American Indian, Latino, women in physics and engineering, and any students (any ethnicity or gender) who qualify for free or reduced lunches. For more information about the program, visit the REAP web site: http://www.aas-world.org/REAP/.


Light and Optics Workshops

The Engineering Research Centers Program of the National Science Foundation offers a variety of programs for K-12 students and teachers including a light and optics lab for high schoolers from Poudre High School and a workshop for female elementary students called Let’s Make Light designed to get girls interested in science. They also provide workshops and research experiences for teachers of these grades.


Engineering Exploration Day

The College of Engineering invites high school students, their parents, and community members to explore engineering majors and careers. The event will be held on CSU’s campus in the Lory Student Center, Engineering, and Glover Buildings and is free of charge and open to the public.” Registration is strongly encouraged, please visit the below website for registration information, dates, and times.


Triunfo-Triumph Tutoring Program

In partnership with El Centro Student Services, Triunfo/Triumph provides free, weekly, one-on-one tutoring to primarily underserved K-12 students from Poudre School District. Tutoring takes place every Thursday in the CNS EOC from 4:00-5:30 September-May. Transportation is provided for students from the schools with the highest need.