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2013 BASEC CreekFest

posted Apr 15, 2013, 2:41 PM by Edmond Johnsen   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 2:41 PM ]

2013 Boulder Creek Festival BASEC Booth Sign-up

BASEC will have a booth at the Boulder Creek Festival from Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th, 2013. We want to showcase local STEM education efforts with the community.

Please join us - either on the days themselves, or by providing your materials so we can share them with the kids and parents.

Questions can be directed to boulderareastem@gmail.com.


 

April 10th BASEC Quarterly at NCAR

posted Apr 15, 2013, 12:01 PM by Edmond Johnsen   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 1:25 PM ]

The meeting focus will be Curiosity Based Education. It will feature Cultivating the Scientist in Every Child, an exhibit at NCAR exploring the legacy of David and Francis Hawkins, internationally-recognized, Boulder-based leaders in science education. Our host will be Dr. Ellen Hall, executive director of Boulder Journey School and Co-founder of the Hawkins Centers of Education.

Jan 10th BASEC Quarterly at JILA

posted Apr 15, 2013, 12:00 PM by Edmond Johnsen   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 1:23 PM ]

The meeting focus will be Curiosity Based Education. It will feature Cultivating the Scientist in Every Child, an exhibit at NCAR exploring the legacy of David and Francis Hawkins, internationally-recognized, Boulder-based leaders in science education. Our host will be Dr. Ellen Hall, executive director of Boulder Journey School and Co-founder of the Hawkins Centers of Education.

Sept 13th BASEC Quarterly Meeting 2012

posted Aug 20, 2012, 11:01 PM by Edmond Johnsen   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 2:55 PM ]

Part of BASEC's mission is to provide opportunities for programs and people to connect and to coordinate resources. So, in this quarterly meeting, we will be focusing on "Partnerships," hosted by Open Space, Thorne, and BVSD. We will be featuring a variety of models of partnership around education (formal settings, informal environments, industry, higher ed, k12, and community). In addition to a featured 10-15 min presentation from Throne, BVSD, and Open Space we will have a variety of model programs present their approaches in 1-2 min pop-up presentations. There will be plenty of networking opportunities, food, beverages, and discussion tables around key themes for developing new partnerships and sharing models of challenges and successful approaches in STEM education. We will be able to have you share materials / resources from your programs. We look forward to having you join.


BASEC @ 2012 Boulder Creek Fest

posted Apr 23, 2012, 7:50 AM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 1:28 PM by Edmond Johnsen ]

Boulder Creek Festival

BASEC is once again hosting a booth at the Boulder Creek Festival May 26-28.  You can join us, FOR FREE, to highlight your program.   Sign up for a time slot to highlight your program, or to help us staff, have fun with kids and families, or simply provide us with your materials and we'll do it for you.
Last year, in addition to blowing bubbles and exploring hands-on activities, visitors from all walks of life wanted to know about STEM education resources in Boulder County.  Parents commented that, due to cuts in school programs, they were searching for science classes, summer camps, and other offerings.  Many visitors were interested in BASEC's diverse coalition, which represents education organizations, museums, researchers, educators and family members.  

March 2012 @ UNAVCO: Diversity Showcased among Boulder Programs at BASEC Quarterly Meeting

posted Apr 23, 2012, 7:47 AM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 7:48 AM by Edmond Johnsen ]

Graciously hosted by UNAVCO (which provided YUMMY snacks!) almost 50 local STEM education professionals gathered to learn more about how Boulder programs are working to broaden participation in STEM.  First, Fairview High principal Don Stensrud described how Fairview aims to increase participation in STEM by all audiences, taking advantage of the rich resources available in the Boulder area.  He described "Cine-Latino," an after-school program where students create films on climate change, in partnership with CLACE.  Then, Lindsay Levkoff, education director of SparkFun Electronics, described how SparkFun aims to increase student engagement in STEM. 

Two minute "pop talks" by program leaders followed, including Scalable Game Design, College in Colorado, Colorado Diversity Initiative, Partnerships in Informal Education in the Community, CLACE, SOARS at UCAR, RESSESS at UNAVCO, Cool Girls Science, and CIRES Education and Outreach.  We all got a chance to mingle and discuss these initiatives with the presenters.  It was a great opportunity for creating collaborations!  Then we reconvened for some super door prizes, including a NOVA DVD and, from our sponsor SparkFun Electronics, a LilyPad TechStyles Kit and the grand prize, a SparkFun Inventor's Kit!

Photos courtesy of Beth Bartel of The Boulder Stand, a student-run science news publication. See all photos on our Picasa album.

November 9th 2011 @ CU Museum of Natural History, "Places and Spaces for Collaboration"

posted Mar 18, 2012, 4:37 PM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 4:41 PM by Edmond Johnsen ]



Part of BASEC's mission is to provide opportunity for programs and people to connect and pool resources.  So, in this quarterly meeting, "Places and Spaces for Collaboration," hosted by the CU Museum, we offered a chance for BASEC members to connect with organizations with a space for collaboration. 

Over 50 educators gathered to seek inspiration and ideas at the BASEC Quarterly Meeting the evening of November 9th at the CU Museum. Titled “Places and Spaces for collaboration,” the meeting was the brainchild of Dr. Cathy Regan, education coordinator for the museum. The aim was to help people and programs connect with the goal of shared spaces.

Anne Heinz, associate vice-chancellor for Outreach and Engagement at the university, kicked off the evening. “Collaborative efforts like this one cannot only make us more effective in individual goals, but can really make a huge difference in the populations we’re serving,” she said, underlining the importance of STEM education.


Presenters each had one-minute, with Dr. Cathy as the good-natured (but strict!) timekeeper, in which to “sell” their organization’s programs and partnership opportunities. Fiske Planetarium, Science Discovery, Wow! Children’s Museum, NCAR, Boulder Open Space, Boulder History Museum, Wild Bear Nature Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and CLACE Greenlabs all gave speed-talks, and then hosted informal discussions at tables spread throughout the museum. “The broad representation showed what a rich, vibrant, committed, and engaged community we have!,” said Noah Finkelstein, BASEC steering committee member.


BASEC members munched on organic grapes and cheese while visiting presenter tables and discussing mutual interests. "Busi
ness cards are flying back and forth. This is exactly the kind of networking we were hoping for in these quarterly meetings," observed Barry Kluger-Bell, BASEC steering committee member. At the end of the evening, we heard an update on plans for an Exploratorium-type science center in downtown Boulder. The event was covered by the local science publication -- the Boulder STAND -- where you can read more.

“The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to learn about and connect with like-minded organizations around Boulder,” said Madison Monty of Wild Bear Nature Center. “I made several valuable connections,” added Wynn Martens of CU’s Outreach office. We already have reports of several potential collaborations in the works as a result of the meeting!

Have your own meeting stories to share? Please let us know how it went for you at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3T6DDWV






BASEC Happy Hours

posted Mar 18, 2012, 4:23 PM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 4:35 PM by Edmond Johnsen ]

BASEC hosted monthly happy hours from November 2010 through December 2011, including a well-attended holiday party in December 2010 at the home of Boulder County Treasurer and BASEC steering committee member Bob Hullinghorst.  Photos of the holiday party here.  Happy hours took place at the Corner Bar at the Boulderado, and Trattoria on Pearl.  Trattoria on Pearl gave BASEC members a 10% discount on food and drinks!

Regular happy hours were suspended in December 2011, pending a volunteer to organize the events.  We had a great time at these networking events, and welcome someone to step forward and organize them on a regular or intermittent basis.





BASEC @ Boulder County Career Fairs (March 2011)

posted Mar 18, 2012, 4:17 PM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 4:32 PM by Edmond Johnsen ]

Workforce Boulder County, in partnership with the St. Vrain Valley School District and the Governor's Summer Job Hunt, hosted two "Show Me the Money" fairs that attracted 1,200 young people and 77 employers from various organizations. These March events, held in Longmont and Boulder, provided youths with potential opportunities. This year, MacKayla Onyon and Kristina Lu returned to the fair as Chik-fil-a workers, after being connected to the company during last year's 2010 event.  BASEC helped organize a presence of STEM education organizations at the job fair, helping to highlight careers in STEM as a valid career path.

Explore BASEC's Picasa page for more job-fair photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/BoulderAreaSTEM


BASEC @ Boulder Creek Festival (May 28-30, 2011)

posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:53 PM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 2:54 PM by Edmond Johnsen ]

The BASEC Coalition booth at the Boulder Creek Festival drew crowds, and tapped into STEM needs in the county.


In addition to blowing bubbles and exploring hands-on activities, visitors from all walks of life wanted to know about STEM education resources in Boulder County.  Parents commented that, due to cuts in school programs, they were searching for science classes, summer camps, and other offerings.  Many visitors were interested in BASEC's diverse coalition, which represents education organizations, museums, researchers, educators and family members. 

Creek festival visitors were intrigued with BASEC which since its founding in 2009 has become an incubator and clearinghouse for STEM education.  About 40 of these casual onlookers ended up joining BASEC.  By the end of this year, BASEC, probably the largest STEM organization in Colorado, intends to grow its membership to 1,000 from the current 240 members. 

By building this foundation, BASEC will be able to build strong, long-lasting partnerships to provide quality K-16 educational programming, outreach, and job opportunities.  These initiatives, along with a focused effort to bring the burgeoning Latino population into the STEM pipeline, will help Boulder County and the State compete in a global economy increasingly fed by science and technology

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