2016 will be our busiest summer ever! You can catch Cool Science in libraries and other places all over eastern Colorado, including our brand new "Sunday Science on the Street" series in downtown Manitou Springs. Each Sunday we'll be in downtown Manitou Springs from about 10 am to 3 pm (weather permitting) with a different hands-on science activity. We might be making ice cream or Dippin' Dots with liquid nitrogen (shown at right), blowing giant soap bubbles, looking at sunspots, playing with magnets or something else that's guaranteed to be fun! We're usually near Cheyenne Spring (in front of the Spa Building), but check our calendar for the exact location.
Over 3,000 folks came out for our 2016 Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College on April 2nd, easily our biggest crowd ever! "It's a Zoo" was a huge hit with everyone as we kicked off Earth Month with plants, animals, insects, even fungus to show just how much wild life there is in Colorado. Young scientists were also able to explore the micro world with help from CC Cool Science Club students. Of course there was also plenty of the usual rockets, slime, telescopes, Lego and other cool science and engineering stuff, along with shows, workshops and tours. Check out our photo gallery (thanks to Phil Barnett Photography), as well as photos and videos shared by those who came on our Facebook Event page. And mark your calendar for next year's festival, which will be April 8, 2017.
The 3rd Annual Cool Science Kid's Mini Fruitcake Toss (Jan 23, 2016 at Imagination Celebration's iSpace in the Citadel mall) was a blast!. Check out this nice video from the CS Gazette and a photo gallery by Sean Cayton (Cayton Photography). Kiera Hanley-McCaslin (11) won the 4th-6th grade distance competition with a toss of 38 feet, while Maythew Dinsmore (8) squeaked out a close victory in the K-3rd division at 29.5 feet. In the accuracy competition Tyler Blixt (11) blitzed our castle for 12 points to capture the 4th-6th title, and Matthew Dinsmore made it a sweep to win the K-3rd (and best shot overall) with 20 points. You can find all the medal winners, including the best decorated catapult artists, and lots more photos on our Facebook event page. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, including several employees from long-time Cool Science donor T. Rowe Price.
Cool Science was featured on KUSA Denver's "Colorado & Company" January 7th, where host Denise Plante had some fun with liquid nitrogen at 322 degrees below zero. We even poured a little for real hands-on science! In the video we show what a liquid with almost zero viscosity can do, make a helium balloon sink, spin a ping pong ball at 30,000 rpm and freeze a strawberry rock hard in seconds. Watch more fun liquid nitrogen videos on our YouTube channel, and we can always bring these and other cool demonstrations right to your school.
Cool Science's Winter 2015-16 Newsletter was emailed to our subscribers in mid-December (sign up here if you're not yet on our mailing list). You can read a copy online to learn about catapults and our upcoming Kids' Mini Fruitcake Toss (January 23, 2016), as well as how you can perform one of our most popular demonstrations at home - instantly freezing super-cooled water as shown in this video (right) from our YouTube channel.
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.