Education Outreach Program

Project Extremes

Collaborators and benefactors

Project Extremes (EXploration, Teaching and Research for Excellence in Middle and Elementary Science), funded by the National Science Foundation though the GK-12 Program, is a collaboration among:

  • University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences;
  • University of Colorado's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology;
  • University of Colorado's Department of Computer Sciences; and
  • Boulder Valley School District.

The focus is to place Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduate students into Boulder's more socioeconomically diverse schools. The program supports both the enrichment of science learning opportunities for GK-12 students and the professional development of young scientists. Read more about the schools and the teachers...

Science and adventure for 4th through 8th grades

Fourth and fifth graders learn first-hand about some of the extreme environments found in Boulder Valley. Fourth graders visit Sombrero Marsh, one of the few saltwater marshes in the state, and learn how the plants and animals have adapted to this harsh environment. During the following year, fifth graders journey for an overnight trip to the University's Mountain Research Station, site of the alpine tundra Long Term Ecological Research site, to learn about food webs. At the middle school level fellows work with science teachers during the school day, and they develop after-school science programs. Explore the lesson plans ...


This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number DGE – 0742544. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.