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Pinhead Institute: "Science Of Cocktails," Telluride Transfer Warehouse, 7/20

The Pinhead Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Its programs depend on generous donations from philanthropists who believe in its STEM-based mission. Pinhead’s annual “Science of Cocktails” is a  fun event that brings the greater Telluride community  and guests together to enjoy yummy drinks, while also raising money to support one of Telluride’s signature nonprofits. For more, go here. This year for the very first time the event is being held in Telluride Art’s Transfer Warehouse.

And check Pinhead’s website to learn more about the diverse and unique programming the nonprofit offers and the many ways in which Pinhead enriches the Telluride region.

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The Pinhead Institute is a Smithsonian Affiliate based in Telluride, Colorado. The nonprofit strives to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education both locally and globally. An international network of the world’s leading scientists supports its many educational programs, providing unparalleled opportunities for high-level scientific education in rural Colorado.

Sarah Holbrooke took a sharp right turn from her past career as an award-winning network TV producer to helm Pinhead as its executive director. In an interview she did a few years ago with “Your Mark on the World,” Holbrooke explained her passion for what was then her new job:

“Science is going to save the world, and it’s not my generation that is going to do it. It is up to the younger generation to discover new ways forward through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) advances. Pinhead inspires young minds to get interested and involved in all levels of STEM, in fun and illuminating ways. We work with kids in grades K – 12 in rural southwestern Colorado, providing inspiration through presentations by working scientists, and hands-on educational programs throughout the school year and during the summer with various camps and our prestigious internships for high schoolers.”

In keeping with Pinhead’s operating principle that science is FUN, whether it’s with color-changing cocktails, bespoke bitters, or delicate dances between drinkable densities, Pinhead is taking a fun, interactive look at the physics, chemistry, and biology of cocktails at its annual “Science of Cocktails” party, an intoxicating event that includes some of Telluride’s best mixologists, plus private demonstrations, heavy appetizers, gourmet desserts, and samples of special drinks.

Come dressed in your creative cocktail finest.

And this year, Pinhead is super excited to be teaming up with Telluride Arts in the Transfer Warehouse for this special evening.

All proceeds go towards supporting Pinhead Institute programming.

“We look forward to seeing the community come out to support not only STEM, but also to have a rollicking good time with friends and neighbors.” added Holbrooke.


From serving a few hundred students annually to now reaching thousands of students today, Pinhead is increasingly engaging rural students in San Miguel, Ouray, and Montrose counties with a variety of STEM learning opportunities.

Programs include interactive labs, workshops, and field expeditions with PhD scientists and other specialists through its :Scholars in the Schools” program; free and paid after-school classes including robotics, computer coding, and makers’ workshops; and other enrichment programming.


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