Under the leadership of Kathleen Fredette, the Colorado Skies Academy team will draw on its rich STEAM experience to develop and provide a robust, challenging curriculum that includes aerospace projects such as these:

  • Embedded appropriate and applicable cross-curricular, grade-level standards
  • Formative and summative assessments to track and support learner progress
  • Opportunities for personalized learning and entry points including extensions and modifications, as needed
  • Connections to industry experts for exposure to career, skill, and content development
  • Social Emotional Learning targets mindfully applied throughout the project
  • Metacognitive practices to increase learner agency and lifelong learning strategies
  • High engagement, high rigor


Through this project, learners will use the engineering design process to fabricate and launch their own gliders through a design challenge, interact with scale gliders and glider pilots to support their understanding of the parts of a glider, flight controls and aerodynamics and fly in a glider in a partnership with a local soaring academy or powered planes.
Learners will develop and use the engineering design process to design, test, and submit their own proposal for an experiment that can be run on the International Space Station.

Genes in Space™ is a global science competition inviting students in middle school and high school to propose pioneering DNA experiments that address a space exploration challenge.
Skills and concepts related to electronics, engineering, data collection and analysis, mathematics, coding and innovation are naturally developed as a result of this project.

Learners will do their own and guided exploration to define light, understand how it works and research technologies that use light to expand our understanding of our universe, macro and micro. By investigating crew roles and hearing their stories, students are awakened to possibilities within themselves to pursue careers that they might otherwise not consider.
Through this project, learners engage in the engineering design process, to build) use coding skills to operate UAVs in grade-appropriate design challenges and competitions.

Learners will apply the design process to build and launch simple to more complex levels of rockets, including collecting, recording and interpreting data, understand laws of physics, and if applicable, chemical reactions.

Introduction to iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects