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

Registration for the WINTER TERM of the First Light Saturday Science School, for DC students grades 6-8 is now OPEN. Term dates: January 10, 2015 to February 28, 2015  (No sessions January 17 or February 14 - Federal Holiday weekends).




Halloween Weekend 2010

Thirty First Light students, parents and CASE staff studied 'Nature's Patterns' during an overnight camping trip to Assateague Island, MD.  Even though it was blowing a gale, the group managed to pitch tents securely on the sand!  Students enjoyed swimming in the ocean, hiking along the beach and around the marsh, harvesting and cooking shellfish, making s'mores on a monster beach bonfire and so  much more.

Mr Maurice Moore, father of student Deanna, captured it all on video and put together a documentary of this exciting trip.  Watch the video here.


First Light


Elementary Summer Institute

Math For America

Middle School Astrobiology