Key Focus Areas

In addition to core academic education, the Colorado SKIES Academy curriculum focuses specifically on preparing learners for promising aerospace careers.

Aero/Gliders: Learners 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 ultimately fly in a glider in a partnership with a local soaring academy.

DreamUp to Space: Learners 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.

MiniPCR/Genes in Space: 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.

Arduino and sensor data collection and analysis through Because Learning: Skills and concepts related to electronics, engineering, data collection and analysis, mathematics, coding and innovation are naturally developed as a result of this project.

SOFIA Project: Learners 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.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge/Drones: Learners engage in the engineering design process, to build and operate UAVs in grade-appropriate design challenges and competitions.

Rockets: 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.