Important Announcements for Urban Advantage


Registration for the 2015-2016 Field Trips to the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Denver Zoo is now open. Urban Advantage Primary Contact teachers, please complete and submit the form as soon as possible to request the dates for your school's field trips.

Visit this link to register today!

Teacher Announcements


Family Science Night is an opportunity for students and families to share in the excitement of hands-on science activities and to generate enthusiasm for science learning. Each Urban Advantage Metro Denver school can host its own Family Science Night on one weekday evening between September 15 - March 25. Students and their families are invited to their respective schools to engage with inquiry-based activity stations provided and staffed by the science institutions (Museum, Gardens, and Zoo), CREA Results (Spanish-language interpretation services) and volunteers from the schools. FSNs must take place in conjunction with another school-wide event that would draw 7th graders and their families.

To schedule your school's Family Science Night, submit the FSN REQUEST FORM no later than March 4, 2016.

What is Urban Advantage Metro Denver?

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.
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.