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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, the program 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, students will explore cancer through the Story of Henrietta Lacks, through biology, microbiology, bioethics, and cell biology. Activities will include identifying cancerous and noncancerous cells, isolating, fixing, and staining cells on slides, and growing HeLa cells. 

Sessions are held on Saturdays from 1 pm - 4 pm, at Carnegie Science.

Tentative dates for 2017-18 include:
  • Winter Term: January 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10
  • Spring Term: April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19

Registration

Spring Term registration is now open and will close on April 2nd, 2018. Registration is on a first-come basis so register early to ensure a place. Residents of the District of Columbia and current students in First Light will receive priority. To receive a notification when Spring registration opens, please join our mailing list!

Volunteer with First Light

First Light is seeking STEM professionals to serve as volunteer instructional assistants for the 2017-18 school year. Volunteers commit to serve for one term (three terms per year). Volunteers help students do hands-on activities to learn about biology, microbiology, bioethics, and cell biology. Activities will include identifying cancerous and noncancerous cells, isolating, fixing, and staining cells on slides, and growing HeLa cells. 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.
Thank you so much. I think First Light has played an important role in (my children's) love of science and in helping them to be confident about their ability to pursue a science career path." - Terri, parent of four First Light alumni

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