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. 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 six-week terms per academic year.

This year, DC middle school students will have an opportunity to explore Introductory Astronomy, Telescopes, and Coding through hands-on activities, field trips, engaging with scientists, and more!

Fall Term registration is now open. Register now!

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

  • September 28
  • October 5, 19, 26
  • November 2, 16

Volunteer with First Light

First Light is seeking STEM professionals to serve as volunteer instructional assistants for the 2019-2020 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 Astronomy, Telescopes, and Coding through hands-on activities, field trips, 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.