Build a robot, make a telescope, isolate strawberry DNA, talk with scientists on the cutting edge of their research fields, learn to navigate, climb mountains, test water samples and so much more!!!
These are just some of the ways our students in First Light learn science by doing science. First Light is a free Saturday Science School for DC students in Grades 6 through 8.
We use the theme of Astrobiology to explore the wonders of our planet and the potential for life to exist (and for us to recognize it!) elsewhere in the Universe. Each 6-week session has a different focus. This year, 2012-2013, our focus will be Living in Space! Registration is first-come, first-served. Register here!
In a recent session called Nature's Patterns, students collaborated with local community gardeners to identify patterns of growth in a garden, made compost, studied and planted indoor and outdoor bulbs, grew and harvested salad greens and cultivated mushrooms. On an overnight camping trip to Assateague Island, MD, students witnessed bird migration, found patterns in seashore and marsh life and learned how to pitch a tent on sand in gale-force winds!