First Light

First Light Saturday Science School gives middle school students in the District of Columbia an opportunity to learn about topics within the field of Astrobiology through hands-on projects guided by STEM professionals.

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 Arduino programming through building circuits, coding projects, engaging with scientists, and more!

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.

Outcomes

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.

First Light is supported, in part, by the GM Foundation.