K-12 Collaborations

Roosevelt High School STEM Academy

The STEM Center has partnered with Roosevelt High School as they develop and implement a new Sustainability and Water Resources focused STEM Academy within the school. The 2013-2014 school year marks the first year of the STEM Academy, and as the first cohort of students progresses and new students are accepted into the program, the STEM Center will collaborate with CSU and Roosevelt High School faculty to develop curriculum, connect Roosevelt High.

School administrators and faculty to outreach opportunities on campus in which students can participate during school hours, and run a summer Algebra-focused camp to help prepare incoming freshman entering Geometry.

Contact: Principal Trevor Long,


Fossil Ridge High School

Fossil Ridge High School STEM Academy is a project-based, externally validated 4-year course of study for high school students interested in STEM content. The STEM Academy consists of four strands: Clean Energy, Engineering, Biotechnology, and Computer Science. The STEM Center has worked with the Fossil Ridge High School STEM Academy to help facilitate interactions with the College of Engineering and relevant Science departments on the CSU campus. The FRHS STEM academy is always looking for the community to become involved through many means, such as guest speaking, serving as a capstone project mentor, or providing internships to students.



Current Program Evaluations

The Challenge of Interdisciplinary Education

The Bio-Math project is run by DIMACS at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) with the evaluation led by Drs. Len Albright, of the CSU School of Education and Laura Sample McMeeking, of the CSU STEM Center. The Bio-Math project links biology and mathematics in high schools through the development of innovative classroom materials. The materials consist of flexible modules that can be adapted in a variety of courses and grade levels.



Mathematical and Computational Methods for Planning a Sustainable Future (PS-Future)

PS-Future is an exploratory project examining the potential for interdisciplinary modules to attract a diverse population of learners to STEM disciplines by engaging them in sustainability topics of broad personal relevance and provide an awareness of STEM educational opportunities and career paths related to sustainable living. This project is a collaboration between DIMACS at Rutgers University, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) and Colorado State University.



The Value of Computational thinking Across Grade Levels

VCTAL is developing a set of instructional modules, mini-modules, and (ultimately) a book for use in high school classrooms. The modules will cultivate a facility with computational thinking in students across different grade levels and subject areas. This project is a collaboration between DIMACS at Rutgers University and the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) with the evaluation led by Drs. Len Albright, of the CSU School of Education and Laura Sample McMeeking, of the CSU STEM Center.



Center for Multi-Scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP): Education and Outreach Initiatives

CMMAP focuses on understanding and predicting the role of clouds in the Earth’s climate system. The Science and Education mission is to educate and train people with diverse backgrounds in Climate and Earth System Science by enhancing teaching and learning and disseminating science results through multiple media. “The CSU STEM Center and Dr. Len Albright of the School of Education are leading the evaluation of several CMMAP Education and Outreach projects, such as the summer teacher workshop, the research experiences for undergraduates, and the outreach initiatives of the Little Shop of Physics.



Improving the recruitment and persistence of women in the geosciences: A NSF IUSE Grant awarded to Dr. Emily Fischer of Colorado State University

Atmospheric Science Assistant Professor Emily Fischer is the lead investigator on a $1.7 million dollar NSF project aimed at recruiting female undergraduates to the Earth Sciences through a combination of traditional in person and on-line peer mentoring.  Her NSF project specifically focuses on closing the gender gap between men and women in fields that encompass atmospheric science, natural resource management, mining and geology.  The CSU STEM Center, led by Dr. Laura Sample McMeeking are leading the evaluation of the mentoring program.