First Light

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

Each year, First Light has a different theme. 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). There are three 6-week terms per academic year.

This year, DC middle school students will have an opportunity to answer questions such as, “What is space?” “What other planets are like Earth?” “How do we get to other planets?” In order to explore these questions, students will complete hands-on activities, visit museums, engage with scientists, and more!

Spring Term registration is closed.

Sessions are held on the following Saturdays from 1 pm – 4 pm at Carnegie Science:

  • March 30
  • April 6, 27
  • May 4, 11, 18

Volunteer with First Light

First Light is seeking STEM professionals to serve as volunteer instructional assistants for the 2018-19 school year. Volunteers commit to serve for one term (three terms per year). Volunteers help students do hands-on activities to explore scientific questions.  This year, DC middle school students will have an opportunity to answer questions such as, “What is space?” “What other planets are like Earth?” “How do we get to other planets?” 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.