Welcome to CASE 

Scientific literacy is now recognized to be crucial for our nation's progress in the 21st century.

The Carnegie Institution, a pre-eminent basic research organization, has fostered the development of scientific knowledge since the early 20th century. For many years, this meant the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Institution's laboratories, located in Washington, DC and around the country.

In 1989, Maxine Singer, then president of Carnegie, founded First Light, a Saturday science school for children. This was the start of the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) whose goal is to encourage interest in science among school children and teachers in Washington, DC. First Light remains a lively program for children.

Since 1994, CASE has offered professional development for DC teachers of science, mathematics and technology. Emphasis in all programs is on inquiry-based, hands-on approaches to learn and teach the processes and content of school science.


CASE Program News

The application for the First Light Saturday Science School for DC students, grades 6-8, is now OPEN 
  • Fall 2015 Term dates: September 26, 2015 to November 7, 2015 (No session October 10th - Federal Holiday weekend)
  • Winter 2016 Term dates: January 23, 2016 to March 5, 2016 (No session February 13th -- Federal Holiday weekend)
  • Spring 2016 Term dates: April 9, 2016 to May 14, 2016

First Light


Elementary Summer Institute

Math For America

Middle School Astrobiology