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Colorado Science Matters

Colorado Science Matters encourages people to get involved in science across the state through professional growth, networking, and engaging in research and problem-based learning.

Science Fairs

CO Science and Engineering Fair - The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. honors excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; providing opportunities for students from all regions of the state to create and present their research in environments that nurture interests in science and technology; promoting professional skills, high ethical standards, diversity, and continuing intellectual development.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair - Each year, approximately 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science competitions with the hope of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

Colorado and National Organizations that Support Educator Growth and Leadership

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST) – State chapter of the National Association of Science Teachers.

Colorado Education Initiative STEM – Education Foundation committed to STEM education.

Colorado Experiential STEM Learning Network -  Created by XSci and the University of Colorado Boulder, the Colorado Experiential STEM learning network promotes ACTION based STEM networking and integration. Its mission is to collaborate with schools, policy makers, and businesses in order to create extraordinary STEM experiences for students and teachers.

Colorado Science Educators Network (CSEN) – An organization that meets to network with leaders in science education across the state of Colorado, provide professional development for science leaders, and address current issues facing science education and educators.

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) - A worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research.

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) - Formed in 1959 to meet a need to develop science education leadership for K-16 school systems.

National Science Foundation (NSF) - An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - A member-driven organization, 60,000-strong that offers cutting-edge Professional Development opportunities, and publishes books, journals, and additional content on effective teaching strategy and best practices.


CO Science Matters e-update

Science Matters is an initiative by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to bring content, news, and information that supports quality science education to educators nationwide.  The CO Science Matters e-updates will contain information relevant to Colorado educators and others within the science community.

Sign-up for CO Science Matters Community List Serve as a “Point of Contact”

  • On the left side of the opening page, click on “Become a Point of Contact”;
  • Select State: Colorado
  • Enter only your school’s Zip Code in the first box (no other info in other boxes) & click “Find Schools”;
  • Look just below “Find Schools” for the listing of all schools with that Zip Code and click on your school’s name.
  • Complete the template of the first page about General Information and click “Next”;
  • Complete the template on the second page about Demographics.  Under Demographics for Grades and Subjects:  If you are representing all of the teachers of science in your building, be sure to include all the grades, and all science subjects for teacher whom you are representing, not just what you teach.
  • When completed, click “Submit”.

Thank you for your service to Science Education.