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  • Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 receives $2.5 million grant

    Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 has received a $2.5 million grant to create an innovative program that will focus on some of education's hottest topics, including biotechnology and engineering. The program, for students in grades 4 through 12, is called "The Systemic Bridge Between Science and Math," and D-8 will partner with the...

  • Fruits of Colorado College students' labor available to public

    Each year, Colorado College students become urban farmers. For an entire year of their undergraduate studies, starting in March, a group of students plans, budgets, plants, maintains and harvests produce for the school cafeteria - and they get paid to do it. This year, there's a new twist: The public can buy some of their bounty. Luke...

  • 'Schoolpool' program gives Colorado Springs-area students another option for getting to campus

    Parents who already are dreading the bottleneck congestion that occurs at student drop-off and pick-up areas may want to familiarize themselves with the phrases "bike train" and "walking school bus." Colorado Springs' Mountain Metropolitan Transit offers a free "schoolpool" program that connects families who want to do en masse alternative...

  • Colorado Springs police helps Teens with Promise get ready for school

    The Colorado Springs police will collaborate with Teens with Promise, a local non-profit dedicated to providing disadvantaged teens with the supplies they need to start and stay in school, to fill 1,000 backpacks and raise $10,000 in the following weeks. The organization is conducting donation drives at the four Colorado Springs police...

  • 56th annual rocket event encourages science, engineering interests

    Some people loved rockets when they were children. Others picked up the hobby as adults, sharing the fun with their own kids. For Dr. Warren B. Layfield, rocketry has been a lifelong passion that was strengthened after working as an engineer with NASA for a decade. About 300 amateur rocket builders and designers from around the country...

  • Air Force Academy cadets launch balloons to study near space

    This time of year, mysterious objects can sometimes be seen rapidly ascending over the Air Force Academy before disappearing into the upper atmosphere. It's not a UFO or a secret government experiment; it's cadets launching hydrogen-filled weather balloons to study near space, the region of the Earth's atmosphere between 65,000 and 328,000...

  • Academy operates STEM teacher boot camp

    As an institution of higher learning - one that specializes in science and engineering - the Air Force Academy embraces its responsibility to prepare young minds for a future in science, technology, engineering and math by opening its classrooms once a year to train teachers. The Academy Office of Research teams with the Challenger Learning...

  • Six school districts meet deadline to get bond issues on November ballot

    Six school districts in the Pikes Peak region filed documents with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office by Friday's cutoff, indicating they intend to place school finance questions before voters in November. All who decide to proceed must submit final ballot language no later than Sept. 5, according to the election calendar, in order...

  • Colorado Springs website encourages kid writers from across the Internet

    Children from around the world could be inspired to become writers if a kids writing website gets financial support through a crowdfunding site. KidsAreWriters.com, a website founded by Colorado Springs resident Michelle Lynn Senters, has silly photos and poses questions like "Is your superhero a boy, girl man, woman, alien or animal?" that...

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher, searches far and wide for such unfinished collectibles in...

  • Summer Heat Academy gives girls a chance to build confidence, learn about fire service

    Before she began to perform CPR, Skylar Sypher looked at her sister Taylor for guidance. The two were motioning back at forth to each other, communicating what Skylar needed to do to correctly administer the procedure. Then, the 18-year-old started pumping on a dummy's chest, mimicking the potentially life-saving technique. It was one of...

  • Air Force Academy training flight lands off course

    No injuries were reported after a T-53A aircraft conducting flight training operations landed off course Wednesday on Air Force Academy grounds. Academy spokesman Warthen Meade said the aircraft landed about 9 a.m. on the north part of the military installation near Interstate 25 with a student and an instructor on board. Neither person was...

  • D-49 charter school will not be tied to bond issue

    The application for a proposed charter high school in Falcon School District 49 gained approval from the district's board of education Tuesday night, but it will not be tied to voter approval of a November bond issue. The measure passed on a 4-1 vote, with board members Tammy Harold, David Moore, Marie LaVere-Wright and Kevin Butcher in favor,...

  • Basic cadets begin long stay at Jack’s Valley

    More than 1,200 basic cadets from the Air Force Academy, led by their cadet cadre, started 11 days of training at Jack's Valley on Monday. The basic cadets will be doing various drills and team-building exercises during one of the most physically demanding parts of their summer training.

  • D-49 school board to discuss application for charter high school

    The application for a charter high school that would open in 2016 in a building funded by a November bond proposal is up for approval Tuesday night at a special meeting of Falcon School District 49’s board. If board members accept the application, Trail Ridge Academy High School’s existence will be contingent on voters passing a $130...

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