Sadly, Manitou Spring's famous "Great Fruitcake Toss" was cancelled for 2014, but that didn't stop Cool Science! This year we took center stage with our Cool Science Mini-Fruitcake Toss on Saturday, January 11th at the Manitou Art Center. Despite only two days advance notice, more than 125 kids of all ages showed up to build their very own solid wood mini-catapult, then used it to hurl tiny fruitcakes and marshmallows for prizes. All materials, instructions and ammo were provided for free. You can view the results at MiniFruitCakeToss.com . Based on this success, we're already looking forward to expanding the event for next year (tentatively set for January 3rd, 2015), including an open division for kids to bring their own home-built catapults for competition.
The Winter 2013/14 Cool Science Newsletter is now out (HTML or PDF 513KB). If you're not on our mailing list yet, sign up to get your own copies in the future. This issue includes a great new experiment kids can try at home- perfect for this holiday season- using triboluminescence to produce a cool flash of light with just an ordinary piece of candy! This is just one of many fun experiments in our Kids Zone. We also explain the very hi-tech science that makes a new toy work, and how you can use that same technology to perform a couple amazing science tricks yourself.
The 2013 Cool Science Carnival for Kids at UCCS on October 5th was another success. Over 5,000 kids of all ages enjoyed a full day of free activities and shows, thanks to more than 75 local organizations. Cool Science partnered with UCCS chemistry majors and Colorado College's Cool Science Club to present over a dozen amazing activity stations focused on several surprising ways to produce light and color, including bioluminescence from live bacteria cells and our eerie "Wizard of Oz" room, where colors seem to disappear.
Our Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College last April 6th was also a huge hit! Cool Science partnered with the CC Cool Science Club, Pikes Peak Earth Day and over 30 community non-profits, businesses, clubs, museums and other organizations to present dozens of hands-on science activities, tours, big science shows and talks on Antarctic Penguins and other wildlife. More than 1,800 kids and their families enjoyed a fantastic day of fun. Check out some of the great photos in Sean Cayton's (Cayton Photography) Google+ gallery!
Cool Science was honored in 2012 by the El Pomar Foundation as the Charles L. Tutt Award for Excellence winner in Education. El Pomar's signature program, "Awards for Excellence" annually recognizes the state's highest performing nonprofit organizations, and this year's winners each received $25,000 grants. This is actually the second time that Cool Science has won this prestigious award (the first was in 2006), and we again thank the Foundation and it's trustees, as well as all of our volunteers who make everything that we do possible.
Cool Science has a great new design for our T-shirts (click for a bigger view), thanks to local artist Corbin Hillam. Check it out, and buy one for yourself ($15 for kids sizes) at most Cool Science events. You'll be helping to support our programs all year long, and keep the carnival and festival free! Kids- you can also download the new design and color it any way you like!