Sponsor Profile: CSU LEAP Institute


Imagine a car racing down the track at top speed that is made entirely of chocolate! Well you now is your chance to make that a reality, and the students of the CSU LEAP Institute to help by bringing you the Nerdy Derby! The Colorado State University LEAP Institute for the Arts is partnering with the NoCo Mini Maker Faire to bring you the Nerdy Derby. The Nerdy Derby is a spin off on the Boy Scouts of America’s Pinewood Derby. The big difference between the two is that the Nerdy Derby has no rules, on track or car size, or materials used. The point is to foster creativity, cleverness and ingenuity. One of the basic principles of the Nerdy Derby is “show what you make, share what you learn,” and that is how the LEAP program and many others are able to take this idea and take it to new places and new audiences.

The LEAP program has four guiding principles: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy, and the Public. All of which can be demonstrated by their professors and students in their involvement in the Nerdy Derby. The students are running this event and are able to exhibit their skills in many areas such as Material Acquisition, Facilitation, Assessment, Marketing, and Project Development. According to Professor Katie Rothstein: “With this partnership the LEAP Institute will provide its undergraduate students with valuable project management and facilitation experience which they can apply to other projects  and in their LEAP classes.”

The NoCo Mini Maker Faire welcomes the students and professors alike in this adventure. We are excited to see what the students come up with and to see the attendees enjoying the Nerdy Derby.


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