NIH - National Institutes of Health

In partnership with he National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI), the Colorado Clinical and Translational Studies Institute (CTSCI), and Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), CLACE will develop “Discover Health/Descubre la Salud (DH/DS)”. The bilingual (English/Spanish) project will include an interactive library exhibit supported by media and community education resources to engage underserved communities in learning about their cardiovascular and digestive systems, and how to keep them healthy.

This 5 year project (2015-2019) project will target underserved communities, including rural and Latino communities, working through libraries and community institutions. The project will use a strategic combination of bilingual, interactive exhibits presented at libraries and community health fairs and festivals, career events, family nights, science camps, and mini-med schools, to engage students, families, and adults in these important health issues.



Nuestra Tierra Dinámica: Global Climate Change STEM       Education Fostering Environmental Stewardship.

The Nuestra Tierra Dinámica (NTD) Green Labs and Video Labs raise global climate change and Earth system literacy of its (K-12) participants through inquiry based, hands-on science investigations and engineering activities designed to improve the quality of the Nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as well as their communicating science skills.

The overall program involves students from K-12. Our students acquire the scientific and technological literacy needed to benefit themselves, their families, communities and the nation, as we encourage them to use their unique cultural and language skills.

NTD program also expands its dialogue with parents, families and the extended community through fun, engaging cultural appropriate family nights, community outreach events and celebrations.

NTD students are directly impacted through our climate change science education Units: Air, Water, Soils, and Energy.

Together with over 20 committed stakeholders, our students engage in weather and climate change science activities, celebrations and environmental stewardship actions supported by NASA resources, CLACE has already translated over 120 of these into Spanish. Video Lab students mentor local middle school students on developing digital storytelling skills. Video Lab students are fast producing amazing climate change videos (presented at AGU Conference on December 2012) .

NTD provides high quality professional development on climate change education to our facilitators and K-12 science educators in schools with high populations of Spanish speaking students, highlighting bilingual NASA resources through in-person workshops and online education from prestigious Universities.

Nuestra Tierra Dinamica’s Green Labs and Video Labs programs developed under NICE funding, contain distinctive tri-logo in order to highlight the wonderful collaboration between NICE, (who has fully funded this project) – CLACE (responsible in developing, managing, executing and evaluating the project) and OpEPA, (who has served as non profit and financial agent in charge of receiving and later transferring NICE funding to CLACE so that CLACE can execute this ambitious project.)



NASA MAVEN, LAS and CLACE are responsible in incorporating NASA      MAVEN science into elementary school literacy activities. The project’s flexible, standards-based curriculum uses literacy, art, and creative expression as a vehicle for the topic of Mars exploration. This project offers teacher professional development nationally beginning in 2013.

The project has a special focus on Spanish-language communities and will be translated for use by Spanish language teachers, English as a Second Language teachers, and others.

CLACE is responsible for:

  1. Developing cultural & language content
  2. Translate Science-in-Literacy materials
  3. Plan and coordinate 3 national teacher workshops and 1 local workshop
  4. Work with select audience of ELL teachers, SSL teachers, and bilingual schools/teachers
  5.  Help facilitate workshops on cultural responsible teaching materials and other resources, as well as introduction of Spanish-language materials to teachers, with a focus on enhancing educator knowledge, skills and resources to more effectively teach MAVEN content to Hispanic students.
  6. Assist with and design strategies to introduce Hispanic families to MAVEN-related Mars materials and programming that will help teachers support their students’ critical educational directions.
  7. CLACE will advise and direct media efforts to reach Hispanics in communities targeted by the MAVEN project.

For more information about the project, or if you are a teacher seeking to add your name to our professional development distribution list, please email with “Red Planet inquiry” in the subject line.

Colorado Department of Education


The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has entrusted CLACE to run a five year long Video Lab  -digital storytelling- project that engages 8th-12th grade students at Justice High School (JHS). CLACE’s Video Lab involves multimedia projects that combine text, images, audio and visual media into a short film. Using our NASA NICE Video Lab approach to teaching, the students are teamed up and tasked to complete a block-long project on education, social, community, climate change and a sustainability topics. Not only does this program engage Justice High School students, but it also engages teachers, families, parents and the extended community through family nights that provide a showcase for the students’ work as well as other fun scientific activities.

CLACE’s Video Lab program at JHS is based on collaborative, creative, hands on, and project-based learning experiences. Video Lab program works closely with JHS teachers to incorporate its curriculum into their daily core academics, addressing core standards. Our efforts help our students improve scores by connecting the curriculum to science, math, and language arts. By boosting these skills, we ultimately help our students increase their acquisition of concepts tied to academic achievement standards, and therefore, improve their GPAs. The collaboration between the teachers and CLACE will be strengthened by the academic support offered by the Homework Club.



The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) awarded Diversity Grant to CLACE to work in collaboration with the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), to support NCAR’s Careers project, which is designed to engage the interest of Latino and other K-12 diverse students in learning about atmospheric research and related careers. EOL develops technologically advanced approaches to support earth systems research. This project in being led by EOL Scientific Project Specialist Vidal Salazar and CLACE’s CEO and NTD project PI Marina La Grave

Through this close collaboration between NCAR and CLACE, CLACE Video Lab students will present their climate change videos at the American geophysical Union (AGU) allowing them to closely become familiarize with general scientists/stories/content be able to establish trust and become excited to pursue higher education in STEM careers. This grant also funds the internship of two of CLACE’s NTD Video Lab students for 10 week period. During their tenure at NCAR, the students will create a Vido Lab web landing page. The students will also continue to create relevant atmospheric science videos.

St. Vrain School District

St. Vrain School District

CLACE is working closely with Westview Middle School science teacher. The District’s mission is to educate students in a safe learning environment so that they may develop to their highest potential and become contributing citizens and vice principal in developing a string Video Lab program. A total of 25 Latino students are being impacted under this great effort.

Boulder Valley School District

BVSD was CLACE’s first funder. BVSD initial grant allowed for CLACE to expand and continue to procure additional funding to better serve the Latino community and students at risk.

City of Boulder – The Family Resource Center and Services


CLACE collaborates with FRS and FRC in its continued efforts to impacting Latino youth during after-school hours, CLACE is able to provide amazing NTD curriculum to children while FRS and FRC offers enrichment classes to their parents.

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is open to all residents of the city of Boulder with a child from 0 to 19 years of age or families with a child enrolled in a BVSD school within the city limits of Boulder.  The FRC partners with the entire family to help them become stronger in key areas that affect family stability.

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