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Conversations of Humankind

A Life of the Mind Summer Program for Middle-School Students Entering Grades 7 Through 10 will be combined with the 2016 Gifted and Talented Program. Please use the G&T page to apply online!

June 6 - June 24, 2016 / M-F (8:30-11:00am / M-F)

2016 CHK Theme: TBD, but may tie in with the 2015 theme of

Researching and Answering a Community Need

Learning about Social Entrepreneurship

(non-profit, gardening, sustainability, urban renewal projects, energy audits)

Experiential learning connects the classroom to the community in this three week inquiry based program. Working collaboratively, students will develop ideas and implement solutions to support a community-need projects, and take action putting their designs to work. Through analysis of the process, students will develop critical and creative thinking while making connections between significant local and global issues. Plan on lots of field trips and hands-on, action-based, outdoor activity!

Identifying the Need 

Voice of HomelessnessTeens in soup kitchen

Students will work with Colorado College resources and local, community shelter partners to research and develop a family day center option for Colorado Springs families experiencing homelessness.

Urban Garden

Students will work with local resources and a charter school to research and develop aspects of a Urban Garden Raised Boxesnew, sustainable, urban garden for the school. Students will dig into topics from economic sustainability to seed saving to water conservation to calculating evaporation, etc., with the end-in-mind to answer this main question: “How can the school as well as families in need in the Colorado Springs community benefit?”

Mobile Community Café

reaching homeless signStudents will work with local businesses and Colorado College resources to research an explore opportunities to expand food resources in the Colorado Springs community. Ever think of producing mobile access to urban garden crops? Students will be challenged to determine a course of action to transport and sell excess harvest from local, urban gardens.

Click here to complete the 2016 CHK online registration with your student!

Students participating in the CHK program will encounter vital skill development following an investigative research cycle.

Inquiry and Research investigation:

teens help plant garden

· identifying and justifying the need

· researching existing resources

· planning a design


· collaborative planning

· presentation of design

· element of creation


· refinement of design to include modifications

· implementation and follow through


· video of progress

· Community Partners showcase 

Life After CHK!

Whiz Bang Science

Have fond memories of our Whiz Bang Science Elementary Summer Program (WBS)?

New this year we have opened our WBS program in July to include young scientists going into 7th—10th grades and are offering a $50 discount to students who continue in WBS from CHK! The “green” connection is we are syncing our WBS theme with an aspect toward agricultural engineering at the local urban garden our CHK students will have helped with in June. Visit HTTP:// for more information and to register online!

Community Service

Life after CHK presents many opportunities to continue supporting our community, remaining part of the solution, while fulfilling community service hours. We are working with our community partners to determine a list of opportunities specific to the projects that were begun in the CHK program such as supporting the urban garden, helping in the community day center, supporting the Food Service Project at CC, etc. As many of these service ideas will emerge as the projects are researched and acted upon, more specifics are liable to fall into place either during and/or certainly after the program has ended. 

Life Changing! 

Students might ask, “So big deal! What difference could I make in 3 weeks?”

It IS a big deal! The research and action the students produce in this program will not only create sustainable practices in the Colorado Springs community that will affect many families in the future, but will produce vital research and skill development in their own lives as they move from middle– , to high-school, to college! Plus, as mentioned above, students will have the opportunity to volunteer with one or more of the projects in an ongoing capacity, once the direction is determined.


Financial Aid

A small amount of financial aid will be available this year. However, we may be able to offer more depending upon the number of ongoing full paying registrants we receive. Please give us a call if you would like to donate to our Financial Aid, or if you would like to find out if we have received more financial aid that can be used for your middle-schooler.



$250 (Limited scholarships available) for the full 3-week program. Enrollment is limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are considered fully-registered when both the online registration AND tuition is received. Registration deadline is close of business on Friday, May 29, 2015. 


Who is eligible?

  • Any student entering grades 7 through 10, who is at least proficient in reading or writing and mathematics
  • Any student proficient at grade level in reading and writing


General Overview

The program is an epistemological (theory of knowledge) study of human conversation with nature. Human learning is inseparable from our use of imagination and creativity in the pursuit of understanding.  In the program, we will examine the intersection of mathematics, logic, art, music, language, and science as we grasp questions that drive our intellectual aspirations. Students will be placed in two, multi-aged groups. Each group is lead by a master teacher and three to five Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate students.

Teacher Leaders

Mike Taber, Associate Professor of Education and Education Department Chair at Colorado College will lead the program. Dr. Taber will work closely with a team of master teachers selected from area middle and high schools for their teaching philosophies that support the integration of science and math with the arts. The master teachers will mentor a team of MAT graduate students who will be involved in developing many of the lessons.   

On the last day of the program, parents are invited to an open house starting at 9:30 am, where students will collaborate with their parent on the final project, and share their experiences from the program.

Program Website Edits

For those parents who visit our website often, please remember to click on the "refresh" icon in your browser window to make sure you are viewing the most recent edits. As our program is dynamic in nature, we do tend to edit the web page often. If you have previously visited this page and have not "refreshed" it in this current visit, chances are your computer "cookies" have held or "cached" the previous page details. 


Looking for additional activities for your kids each day following our Children Summer Programs? Click here to learn more about Colorado College's FunQuest day camp (Children must be at least 6-years-old to participate in FunQuest.)
Remember! Children enrolled in G&T, WBS, or CHK will receive half off FunQuest's weekly tuition throughout the weeks of those programs. Contact Chris Warfield, FunQuest Director, at 719-389-7217 for details!

2016 Conversations for Humankind Program for Middle & High Schoolers

Important Information for 2016!

In 2016 the Conversations for Humankind program will be combined with our Gifted and Talented Program. Please use the Gifted and Talented page and online application to apply! Please call our office at 719-389-6146 with any questions.

 Register Online by clicking here!

Tuition: $250 for 3 weeks

Date: June 6  - June 24, 2016 

Time: 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Monday through Friday (Parent drop-off is from 8:15-8:30 AM; Parent pick-up is from 10:50-11:05 AM).

Location: Palmer Hall, Colorado College

Parents: Complete the online registration, then mail tuition to fully register your student, payable to "Colorado College" to:

The Colorado College
Education Dept. / ATTN: G&T
14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Questions? Contact Una Ng at the Education Dept., or 719-389-6146.


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