The Colorado History Day program, organized by the CLAS history department, annually reaches nearly 20,000 students statewide and hosts nearly 1500 students on campus for a state competition every May. As part of the National History Day program, Colorado History Day works to improve the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools so that students become better prepared, knowledgeable citizens.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors the DMRSEF annually every February. Organized by the Colorado Area Health Education Center System Program office, the fair is focused on science and engineering for students in grades 6-12. Students take part in the two-day fair by submitting projects in numerous categories. The projects are judged by University of Colorado faculty and by community experts. CLAS sponsors numerous awards for the student winners and hosts them on campus for our college-level Research and Creative Activities Symposium every April.
Managed by the Department of English at UCD, the Denver Writing Project (DWP) has likewise served teachers from all disciplines and grade levels in the Denver area and throughout much of Colorado. With over 150 members and teacher consultants, DWP offers professional development sessions in many local schools.
The GK-12 Transforming Experiences Project is a 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF)funded grant which institutes a system that enhances and strengthens the research and teaching of the chosen GK-12 Fellows. Through interdisciplinary teams - Transforming Experiences Learning Communities (TELC) - including science and mathematics GK-12 Fellows, university content faculty and middle school Lead Teachers (LT), the project creates a process for transformation and simultaneous renewal.
In collaboration with four other institutions of higher education, seven school districts, one BOCES, and the National Science Foundation, UCD initiated the Rocky Mountain-Middle School Math and Science Partnership (RMMS-MSP) in fall 2004. The purpose of the partnership is to increase student achievement in grades 6-8. Through the partnership teachers who participate in the professional learning aspect of the project will increase their impact on student learning through increasingly effective instruction in mathematics and science. In addition, the teacher participants in the RM MSMSP professional learning will help create a cadre of mathematics and science leaders across Colorado. Middle school students who participate in summer mathematics and science camps will increase their understandings of central concepts in mathematics and science.
Led by the Department of Political Science, the Urban Citizen Program guides students in service-learning projects specific to Denver. Students work to assist and partner with local non-profits and organizations that deal with Denver’s societal issues.