Pinhead: Summer Wrap Up

It was a busy summer for the Pinhead Institute.  I now have a lovely insect collection (picture attached), courtesy of my 12-year-old son Wiley and his fabulous Pinhead Bug Camp counselor Chris Anderson, a former Pinhead intern who returned to teach classes for us this summer.

But it’s not all about me.

Wiley Holbrooke and his bug collection

Wiley Holbrooke and his bug collection

In addition to bridging the gap between young people and the natural world,  the Valley Floor now has an actual new foot bridge over an irrigation ditch by Eider Creek, thanks to a collaboration with the Town of Telluride and Pinhead’s Bridge Camp.

Pinhead Bridge Camp Before

Pinhead Bridge Camp Before

 

Pinhead After Bridge Camp

Pinhead After Bridge Camp

We ran four other summer camps, many in conjunction with the fabulous Telluride Academy.

We still have the burn marks on our table from the soldering irons used to construct the drones our Drone Camp built.

Our kids got so excited about Rockin’ Robots Lego League that we are planning to enter a FIRST Lego League robot competition this school year.

And our Punk Science lecture series brought the real life Storm Chasers and their extreme weather chasing trucks to our valley.

Storm Chasers and their Extreme Weather Chasing Vehicle, Karen Kosiba, Rachel Humphrey, Stacy Klotka, Sarah Holbrooke, Chris Anderson

Storm Chasers and their Extreme Weather Chasing Vehicle, Karen Kosiba, Rachel Humphrey, Stacy Klotka, Sarah Holbrooke, Chris Anderson

It’s clear science can be fun – and we’re having a lot of it here.

Our fabulous Pinhead Program Director Stacy Klotka summarized Pinhead’s summer programs and achievements below:

  • 6 MINI MISSIONS & CAMPS with TELLURIDE ACADEMY
  • 8 MAD LABS
  • 2 AFTER-SCHOOL AT THE MUSEUM with TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
  • 6 PUNK SCIENCE TUESDAYS
  • 7 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
  • 8 LABS AT REGIONAL LIBRARIES
  • 1081 STUDENTS REACHED
  • LAUNCH of CODE CLUBHOUSE
  • FEATURED NON-PROFIT AT MOUNTAINFILM
  • SCIENCE OF COCKTAILS FUNDRAISER IN COLLABORATION WITH WINE FESTIVAL
  • PARTICIPANT IN THE ASPEN SCIENCE CENTER’S “SCIENCE STREET FAIR

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