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Sunsational! for 3rd-5th Graders
dates: June 17-28,2019
FEE: $200 (scholarships available)

sunsational! for Middle school students
dates: July 8-19,2019
FEE: $200 (Scholarships available)

session details

Each session of Sunsational! will cover similar topics.  The curriculum will be age appropriate. The middle school session will include more advanced activities in both the classroom and laboratory.

Hands-on activities, in outdoor, classroom and laboratory settings, are designed to engage students’ interest in science and STEM careers.  This will include a series of activities related to (1) the sun; (2) the NASA Parker Solar Probe Mission; (3) solar energy; and, (4) STEM careers and training in areas related to solar research and solar energy.  Many of the educational activities to be used are from the NASA Education Program (

Both sessions will include a field trip and conclude with student presentation of selected activities to their peers, family members and other adult guests on the last day of the program, followed by lunch.

background information

The African American Ethnic Academy and the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute), both 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organizations, have collaborated for over 20 years to offer A Celebration of Life, a summer science program for upper elementary and middle school students. Open to all students, an important goal of this partnership is to support underserved students’ interest in the life sciences and provide them with the tools for success in school

In addition to developing knowledge and abilities associated with scientific investigations in field and laboratory settings (e.g. formulating and testing hypotheses, utilizing problem-solving skills, learning and demonstrating correct techniques), students are challenged to develop their communication skills (e.g. through teamwork, journals, presentations to parents and family members). They are also encouraged to express and develop their creativity in numerous ways. Information regarding African-American scientists throughout history is shared, and role models of color are key players in program activities.