Science and engineering symposium set for Tuesday

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By Gretchen Minekime | University of Colorado Boulder

Pagosa Springs High School and CU Boulder’s Science-Engineering Inquiry Collaborative in Rural Colorado (SCENIC) will be hosting a science and engineering symposium at the school on Tuesday, May 3, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. 

Local high school students will present the results of their air and soil quality research projects in a poster session being judged by CU Boulder students and faculty members. Visitors must check in at the school office upon arrival. 

Josh Kurz is the lead teacher at Pagosa Springs High School and student Lawrence Smith is the lead CU Boulder representative. 

SCENIC supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in rural K-12 schools across Colorado. CU Boulder faculty members and student mentors work with high school students to develop student-driven, inquiry-based environmental engineering projects. 

CU Boulder Professor Daniel Knight developed SCENIC eight years ago. It is based on teacher and superintendent assessments reporting the need for additional STEM education support in their districts and to foster collegiate pathways from their districts. The program is funded by CU Boulder’s Office for Outreach and Engagement: https://www.colorado.edu/outreach/ooe/.