This summer program is currently full. please contact AIDAN HOLMES to be added to the waitlist — thank you!

Vaccination will be required for all participants. We realize that these are uncertain times with the pandemic and if public health guidelines change in the interim, we may have to cancel this program. Full refunds will be provided to those who have paid the fees. We appreciate your willingness to participate and be flexible during these challenging times.

June 13-24, 2022: Planetary Explorers! — FULL

June 13-24, 2022; Weekdays 8:30am – 12:00pm

A longtime partnership with the African American Ethnic Academy (see below for details), A Celebration of Life XXVII: Planetary Explorers! is an in-person summer program for students entering grades 6-8.

Hands-on activities, in outdoor, classroom and laboratory settings, will be utilized to engage students’ interest in science and STEM careers.  This included a series of activities related to (1) the planets in our solar system (2) NASA planetary exploration (missions and research) (3) related STEM careers and training and (4) historic and contemporary STEM professionals of color.

Many thanks to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, a member institution of the national network of Space Grant Consortia funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, for Special Initiatives Program funding to support these efforts!

The fee for the in-person program is $200, and scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

For more information, please contact AIDAN HOLMES — thank you!

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2020 ON-line: To the Moon and Beyond!

A Celebration of Life XXV: To the Moon and Beyond!  was held from June 15th until July 31st. During this time frame, students were challenged to complete at least three activities from our growing list or from the mission pack we sent out.  Student’s work was shared via e-mail with program staff.  Those who completed the mission received a Moon magazine, a button, a certificate, and were entered into a raffle to win an additional prize.

New activities were added each week, as related to (1) the moon; (2) the NASA Artemis Program; (3) living in space; (4) STEM careers and training in related areas; and, historic and contemporary STEM professionals of color, including those affiliated with NASA. Students were free to do any of these activities at any time throughout the program.

Many thanks to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, a member institution of the national network of Space Grant Consortia funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, for Special Initiatives Program funding to support these efforts!

even though the program has concluded, please feel free to access related details via the links below.  we hope you’ll find something of value for your efforts to share science with kids!
schedule
MISSION ACTIVITIES
MISSION PACK DETAILS
Additional Space Activities
more activity ideas for elementary and middle school students: SCIENCE-AT-HOME
A Celebration of Life 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 25 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 underrepresented 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 STEM professionals of color throughout history is shared, and role models of color are key players in program activities.