The Big Cool Science Festival

Big Cool Science

March 19, 2015 – The Big Cool Science Festival will be held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hundreds of kids will take over the CC campus to enjoy more than 50 free, fun and engaging hands-on science activity stations, tours, and “Science Magic” demonstration shows presented by Cool Science and Black’s Magic. Magic tricks based on science will be presented by the Colorado College Cool Science Club students. Dozens of local companies, clubs, museums and other organizations will also provide science, engineering and art activities for the entire family.

Although the event is free, there is a suggested donation of $2/child to defer costs. It’s also requested that you pre-register online so organizers know how many people to expect.

For the full event schedule and more information, visit the Cool Science website.

Live Science Demonstration Shows, Tours and Special Presentations:

10:00 – 10:45 am — Cool Science — “Chemistry Magic Show”. Join Prof. Ron Furstenau (Cool Science President and USAFA Chemistry professor) as he demonstrates some amazing chemical magic “tricks”.

10:30 & 11:30 am, 12:30 & 1:30 pm — KRCC — Tour a radio broadcasting station and experiment with some Cool Science Sound & Waves activities.

11:15 am – noon — Black’s Magic — Local magician Bruce Black presents his popular magic show with a twist- many of his tricks are really based on science! After show Bruce will demonstrate some close-up science magic.

12:30 – 1:15 pm — Cool Science — “Chemistry Magic Show”. Join Prof. Ron Furstenau (Cool Science President and USAFA Chemistry professor) as he demonstrates some amazing chemical magic “tricks”.

2:00 – 2:45 pm — Black’s Magic — Local magician Bruce Black presents his popular magic show with a twist- many of his tricks are really based on science! Before show Bruce will demonstrate some close-up science magic.

Hands-on Science Carnival Activity Stations:

  • Aerospace Employees Radio Organization of Colorado Springs (AERO-COS) — Get On the Air with Amateur Radio! Talk on an amateur radio with another station and get a QSL card to commemorate this activity.

  • American Numismatic Association (Money Museum) — Learn about the numismatic elements (why are some metals better than others), the Magnetic Cents of 1943 (how wartime affects money) and play a game to guess which coins weigh the most. (All ages)

  • Bricks 4 Kidz — LEGO Spin Art and free play with lots of LEGOs. Also guess how many LEGOs in a container for a free birthday party.(Ages 3 and up)

  • Buell Children’s Museum (Pueblo) — Explore and build with the giant blocks in our “Imagination Playground”. (Ages 3-10)

  • Challenger Learning Center of Colorado — Paper Rocket Launch. Do you have what it takes to launch a rocket with accuracy? Build their own paper rocket and determine the correct trajectory and velocity needed to launch it to a target. (All ages)

  • Colorado Springs Astronomical Society — View astronomical objects from the roof with our cool telescopes. (All ages)

  • Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum — “City of Sunshine” – Learn about the fascinating history of Colorado Springs as a health destination. Experiment with the power of the sun through various hands-on activities. Explore the history, life, and experiences of patients “chasing a cure” for Tuberculosis in the Pikes Peak Region. Best suited for 3rd graders and up.. (All ages)

  • Cool Science and the CC Cool Science Club — “Science Magic!”

  • Dinosaur Resource Center — “Dinosaur Land” – Touch claws, teeth and skulls of dinosaur, paint a fossil cast to take home and play our dinosaur bean bag game. (All ages)

  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument — Learn about our Junior Ranger program, play a fun game with fossils and take home some cool stuff. (elementary school ages)

  • High Trails Outdoor Education Center — Learn how renewable energies work with our solar panels and wind turbines that mimic nature, and even use them to cook food. (All ages)

  • Pikes Peak Farm to School — Transplanting demonstrations, take home your own plant, then play the Fruit & Vegetable Identification game. (All ages)

  • Pikes Peak Pebble Pups — “Geology, Paleontology and Dinosaur Biology.” (K-12)

  • Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair — Presentations from some of the PPRSF winners who will be competing in the state science fair on April 9th-11th.

  • Play-Well TEKnologies — “Engineering Challenge with LEGO.” Come see a massive machine in the style of a Rube-Goldberg invention and learn how it all works. (All ages)

  • Rocky Mountain PBS — What’s in the Bucket?” A sensory activity where children will have to identity familiar objects by feel only. (Ages 3-8)

  • Space Foundation Discovery Center — Build and shoot your own paper airplane and learn about infrared thermal imaging. (All ages)

  • UpaDowna — Fun outdoor educational adventures (and FREE valet bike parking!)

  • Cool Science is a non-profit based in Colorado Springs whose mission is to to provide fun, intimidation-free opportunities for the public to explore the joy of science and engineering.