Resources for Students

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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:


Summer Vet Program

For students who are serious about becoming a veterinarian, this is a super opportunity to look into the real and sometimes gritty field of veterinary medicine. Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits, and in-depth, hands-on activities, students discover what modern veterinary medicine is about. Participants meet professors, practitioners, and students in the discipline and have ample opportunity to talk with them. It is highly encouraged that students combine this experience with the SciTrek program for a full day of science-based activities.


SciTrek Summer Program

Students participating in SciTrek will learn how to be independent critical thinkers, read scientific literature, design and execute experiments, and interpret and represent results of scientific experiments. Students will receive personal mentoring from first-class teachers, staff, and expert guest presenters. Three of the five mornings will be spent entirely in an outdoor field setting at Lory State Park and the Poudre Canyon and will include a moderate amount of hiking.


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.