Important Announcements for Urban Advantage

Science Celebration Student Projects - proposal submissions closed!

Thank you to all the student scientists that have submitted a proposal. You should be receiving acceptance letters soon. If you have any questions or issues with your proposal, contact Hugo Valdez at urban.advantage [at] dmns [dot] org.

What is Urban Advantage Metro Denver?

UA Denver featured in Connected Science Learning Journal

The inuagural Connected Science Learning journal, a joint collaboration between the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), recently published a feature article on the Urban Advantage Denver program. Check it out at http://csl.nsta.org/2016/03/when-spider-webs-unite/.

Denver metro area public schools and local science institutions are joining forces on Urban Advantage Metro Denver (UA Metro Denver), a new program designed to improve science literacy among urban middle-school science students.  UA Metro Denver is modeled after the successful New York City Urban Advantage, which was developed by the American Museum of Natural History and the NYC Department of Education.
Denver is proud to be one of the first urban areas beyond New York City to implement Urban Advantage.  The partner organizations for UA Metro Denver are the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Denver, Aurora, and Adams 14 Public School Districts. 
The program provides teachers and students with resources to help students think and explore like scientists.  Urban 7th grade students are encouraged to become critical thinkers by actively engaging in authentic and meaningful science investigations that develop science literacy skills.

The impacts of UA Metro Denver are far reaching. Watch as different audiences share how the program has helped them transform:


Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative: Part 4 from DMNS on Vimeo.


Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative: Part 2 from DMNS on Vimeo.

School Districts

Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative: Part 1 from DMNS on Vimeo.

Informal Science Education Partners

Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative: Part 3 from DMNS on Vimeo.

Photo Albums

Science Celebration is the capstone event of the UA Denver program, where students present their self-directed science investigations to STEM professionals, educators, administrators, and their families and peers.

Press Release

The National Science Foundation has awarded Urban Advantage Metro Denver $3.27 million.  For more information please click here.


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Need help on your science project? Want to ask a professional scientists a question about the investigation you're conducting? Submit all your questions for Urban Advantage staff and scientists with the STUDENT HELP FORM.

Saturday, May 7
Urban Advantage Event
Science Celebration @ DMNS
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM