ABOUT THE HOPPER NON-PROFIT
The Hopper is a tandem for-profit and nonprofit organization dedicated to pioneering new methods for science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) explorations that promote self discovery, real world innovation, and multi-generational group learning.
Our non-profit, called “The Hopper C3” connects families of all backgrounds through curiosity, discovery, and play.
Mission: To make STEAM discovery accessible to everyone.
Vision: To empower the next generation of problem solvers & impact makers.
Why The Hopper C3?
We want The Hopper experience to be accessible for all families. We want families to rethink STEAM learning not as only a body of knowledge, but a way of understanding the world around us. In order to discover innovative solutions to the problems we face today – we need to broaden the pool of those that identify as “scientific thinkers.”
The Hopper C3 works in tandem with The Hopper Ltd., our for-profit. You can learn more about our tandem organization, and The Hopper’s future community space.
WHAT WE DO
Our projects directly benefit all curious minds – regardless of age, background, or income – in Boulder County and the Denver Metro area.
We connect young and old with real life scientists and world class innovators through engaging STEAM activities. We foster belonging through facilitated experiences that are based on personal, prolonged engagements to meet all learners and curious minds “where they’re at.”
We produce programs, often in collaboration with communities, that don’t have easy access to resources or opportunities to connect with hands-on science learning and discovery outside the classroom.
Current Community Projects
The Hopper’s IPS will be Boulder County’s only free indoor play structure that encourages interactive, open-ended play for people of all ages and abilities. Example installations include custom tunnels, climbable paths, and slides that connect throughout The Hopper’s physical space. Explore our artists-in-residence, coming soon.
Through the generous support of a Colorado-based family foundation, our IPS project will be completed for The Hopper’s grand opening in late 2020. We are currently seeking additional funds to support the IPS.
Together, The Hopper C3 and Centro Latino Americano para las Artes, Ciencia y Educación (CLACE) plan to launch “Makers Without Borders – Makers Sin Fronteras” at the Latin American Consulates in Denver, Colorado.
This is the first project of its kind that aims to provide bilingual STEAM activities for US immigrant families in a culturally relevant way. A mobile “activity cart” will invite children and parents to play and learn together at The Consulate – an otherwise inactive, mostly bureaucratic environment.
Sounds of The Synapses is an immersive tech experience developed by multimedia experts, a neuroscientist, and Mickey Hart – drummer of the Grateful Dead. We intend to host this project as our first interactive installation, allowing families to experience and visualize the positive impacts of “their brain on music.”
This project showcases where novel discoveries in STEAM markets are headed and invites families to provide critical feedback on their “Songs of The Synapses” prototype experience that will help with product development and advances in neuroscience.
Our “Generation Hopper” – or “Gen H.” project – is modeled after global trends that incentivize participatory behavior in community-driven organizations from a young age (e.g. SySTEM 2020, a European-wide study into Science Learning Outside the Classroom). The project goal is to find students that are naturally curious, with a love for science, and making things – regardless of race, gender, or income.
“Gen H.” will therefore recruit a highly diverse group of 25 – 30 Middle and High School students that will join a dynamic network of young innovators to contribute to The Hopper’s development in profound ways.In turn, students will benefit from an active network for mentors who represent market leaders in STEAM. Students will be able to advance their personal interests in respective STEAM fields with the goal of acquiring skills to successfully participate in the STEAM economy.”
MORE HOPPER C3 PROJECTS
We are currently seeking additional funding in support of:
- Multilingual programming and staffing
- Tools for our workshop
- Volunteer program launch
- C3 team staffing
Are you interested in getting involved or supporting any of these projects? Email our Executive Director, Vanessa.
Google Expeditions – Virtual Learning
Experiences Developed by Students for Students
The Hopper C3 partnered with St. Vrain School District’s Innovation Center (SVVSD) and the Sibinacocha Watershed Project team to launch this innovative educational project. Under the guidance of educational professionals and scientists, local students were recruited to develop content and curriculum for Google Expeditions – a free, virtual educational product that is accessed by millions of students and educators around the world.
This project is one of Google Expedition’s few scientific, bilingual (English/Spanish) immersive learning experiences. Explore a brief demo of the final product.
THE HOPPER C3 TEAM
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER
THE HOPPER C3 TEAM IS SUPPORTED BY MEMBERS OF THE HOPPER LTD. TEAM