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Counting Pikas in a Population

Age Range: Ages 10-17.  In this activity related to ecology, ecosystems and populations, you will learn a fun way to estimate the number of pikas in a population using a method that scientists actually use. As a way of integrating math into your learning, you can also make calculations to test and see if the method really works.



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Animal Interactions - Pikas & their Predators

Age Range: 10-17.  In this activity related to ecology, ecosystems, predator-prey relationships, energy food chains, and populations, you will play a game to see how weasels control the size of the pika population and how pikas control the size of the weasel population.  Using math, you'll also calculate how populations can change.



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Tie Dye Fun

Age Range: 10-14.  Tie Dyeing is a fun, creative art project you can do at home.  This activity shows you how to do it. Can you predict what kind of pattern your tie dye will make?  Try it out with the help of an adult and see if your predictions are correct!

Paper Chromatography

Age range:  6-12.  In this activity, we will learn about paper chromatography and along the way we’ll also make a chromatography “flower”.

Astronaut Helmets

Age range: 4-8.  Through art and play, we will make space helmets to learn about how astronauts protect themselves in space.

Las Burbujas (Bubbles)

Para todas las edades. ¿Cómo se forman las burbujas? ¿Qué tipo de experimentos puedes hacer con burbujas?   ¡Vamos a probarlos!

Building Bridges

Age range:  4-12.  Design and build a bridge and understand how they work. Different types of bridges can serve different purposes depending on how they are built.


Age range:  5-8.  Cut out and create your own models of dinosaurs

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Zip Line

Age range:  5-13. Design your own home-made zip-line by using gravity. 

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Build a Space Colony

Age range 8-11.  Build a colony that could sustain human life on Mars

Making Oobleck at Home: Fun with Physics!

Age range 9-11.  Learn about states of matter--by making Oobleck!

Bird Watching in Your Neighborhood

Age range 5-13.  Make observations of birds in your neighborhood by keeping a birdwatching journal.

Online Course: Explore Before Explain: A Practical and Fun Approach Towards NGSS

Grades:  Upper Elementary to Secondary Teachers

Take your learning online this summer. Get ready for the new science standards with ways to sequence instruction that promotes long-lasting understanding for your students by learning how to use a simple yet powerful approach:  Explore Before Explain.

Blended On-Line Course: Argumentation - The Language of Inquiry

Grades:  5-12

Summer On-line Workshop, June 22-25 & 29-30 (9 a.m.–12 p.m.)           
Fall On-line Lesson Implementation September 7–October 18
Final Face-to-Face (at the Museum) October 17, 2020

2 Graduate Level Credit Hours + Certificate for 15 hrs toward CLDE certification

Discover new ways to get all learners in your classroom excited about the “sense-making” part of their investigations, simulations and labs. During this on-line and face-to-face course, you will learn-by-doing practical strategies to enrich and motivate your students’ discourse, writing and reading. Have fun as you observe, practice, plan and implement research-based strategies that support all learners.

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Tools @ Tea Time

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Video Recording Tools: Tools @ Tea Time

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Archive: Making Argumentation Work in On-Line Environments (Webinar)

How can we use scientific argumentation as a way to continue building community and connection with our students in on-line learning environments during the time of COVID 19? What might Argumentation look like on-line? 

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Archive: Explore Before Explain with Patrick Brown (Webinar)

Take a moment to connect online with other teachers and pick up some new tips to spruce up and deepen your lessons for the end of the year

CSEN Roundtable Discussions

Join the Colorado Science Educator Network (CSEN) and your fellow educators from across the state to discuss effective strategies and techniques during this remote learning experience.

Roundtables will focus on pre-selected topics intended for discussion among peers on what is working so far. Come and go to sessions of your choice. Share your ideas, pick up new tricks!

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Dr Lori Desautels (The Brain and Adversity): Tools @ Tea Time Archive

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Scientists in Action: After the Asteroid [Broadcast Archive]

Sixty-six million years ago, an enormous asteroid collided with our planet and brought the age of the dinosaurs to a dramatic end. But how Earth made a comeback after the impact has long been unknown to science ... until now! Join paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a live virtual look at a groundbreaking new discovery made by the Museum.

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Scientists in Action: Ancient Mummies New Discoveries [Broadcast Archive]

As the curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dr. Koons uses modern technology to study ancient places and peoples and unravel mysteries of the past.

Scientists in Action: Bird Brained [Broadcast Archive]

Ever wondered about the birds that migrate through your town each year, or what separates a blackbird from a blue jay?


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Scientists in Action: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them [Broadcast Archive]

Join the Education Collections team—who have the very cool job of caring for some of the artifacts and specimens—as they take you behind the scenes to explore why the collections are safely preserved and how these objects play a starring role in research, education, and museum magic.  

Scientists in Action: From T-rex to Turkey [Broadcast Archive]

That’s right – every bird alive today, from ostrich to oriole, pigeon to penguin, are descendants of theropod dinosaurs like T. rex and Velociraptor.

Scientists in Action: Virtual Voyage Through the Universe [Broadcast Archive]

No spaceship? No problem. Space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu will be your students’ guide on a virtual adventure through space.