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ClassFSI students in engineering class

Cardboard racesFSI students competing in the cardboard boat races at Swift Ponds


These programs consist of a mixture of grant-funded and foundation-corporate-privately supported endeavors that impact K-12 students. The MAST Institute staff continually seeks new funding for additional pre-collegiate programs.

  • Since 1959, the Frontiers of Science Institute (FSI), a six-week summer residential program, has been dedicated to boosting the STEM aspirations and achievement levels of Colorado’s high school juniors and seniors by immersing students in STEM topics via outdoor education, industrial visitations, seminars by industry and academic professionals, mentored research, classroom and laboratory work.

  •  Since 1970, the Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair (LPSEF) has hosted Weld, Larimer and Jackson county 5th-12th grade students each February. Currently, over 100 engineers, scientists, educators, and college students devote their time to judge over 300 student projects and qualify 30 for state-level competition.

  •  Since 2014, Dr. Lori Reinsvold has partnered with Dr. Susan Keenan of UNC’s School of Biological Sciences to work on the Learning through Engaging and Authentic Practices (LEAP) program, a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Grant Program funded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to recruit underrepresented high-school students to enroll, succeed, and graduate as pre-health majors from UNC.

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