EXcellence in Teaching and Research for Elementary and Middle School Engagement in Science


Project EXTREMES placed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduate students into Boulder's more socioeconomically diverse schools. The program supported both the enrichment of science learning opportunities for GK-12 students and the professional development of young scientists.

Science and adventure: Fourth and fifth graders learned first-hand about some of the extreme environments found in Boulder Valley. Fourth graders visited Sombrero Marsh, a rare saline habitat, to learn how plants and animals have adapted to this extreme environment. During the following year, fifth graders journeyed 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 worked with science teachers during the school day, and they developed after-school science programs.

Explore lessons created by Project EXTREMES fellows below!

Project EXTREMES was a collaboration among the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Computer Sciences, and the Boulder Valley School District.

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