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Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Cool Science

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Recently, El Pomar Foundation
awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

It seems everyone is talking about the importance of science and math. Here in Colorado Springs, this year’s winner of the Charles L. Tutt Award for Excellence in Education is not only teaching kids the importance of science, but also making science fun. Since 2003, Cool Science has worked to get parents and teachers engaged in exciting hands-on activities and workshops designed to provide intimidation-free opportunities to explore the joy of science and engineering.

What does “cool” science look like?

“We come into schools and set things on fire, blow things up, and have all kinds of hands-on stuff,” said Marc Straub, executive director. “We’re all about hands on science.”

Besides school demonstrations and public workshops, Cool Science also hosts the annual Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival. The festival, which occurred last weekend at UCCS, brings people together from across the region to talk about a wide array of scientific topics. This year’s topics included space, bugs, the climate, and, yes, even beer.

Want to learn more about the impact Cool Science is having here in the Pikes Peak region? Watch the video below: