Each year, First Light has a different theme. There are three six-week terms per academic year, and students may join for a single term but are encouraged to return for as many terms as possible during their years of eligibility (grades 6-8).
This year, DC middle school students will have an opportunity to explore Introductory programming through building circuits, coding projects, engaging with scientists, and more! This Spring term, students will have an opportunity to explore video game design through online programming modules, and talking with game designers!
Registration for the Spring Term is open! Register here (link) by March 27th.
Sessions are held on the following Saturdays from 1 pm – 4 pm virtually:
- April 10, 17, 24
- May 1, 8, 15
Volunteer with First Light
First Light is seeking STEM professionals to serve as volunteer instructional assistants for the 2020-2021 school year. Volunteers commit to serve for one six-week term (three terms per year). Volunteers guide students through hands-on activities to explore scientific questions. This year, DC middle school students will have an opportunity to explore Introductory Arduino programming through building circuits, coding projects, engaging with scientists, and more! To apply to be a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application.
Alumni choose STEM! Of the students who were in this program 2008-09, 39% are now pursuing college degrees with a STEM focus.
Alumni return for more FL! From the last 10 years, 64% of students return for more than one term. 43% return for more than three terms.