2020 sessions

to the moon and beyond! — for FALL 2020 4th & 5th graders
june 15-26, 2020 — 8:30am-12:00pm M-F
FEE: $200 (scholarships available)

to the moon and beyond! — for Fall 2020 middle school students
July 6-17, 2020 — 8:30am-12:00pm M-F
FEE: $200 (scholarships are available)

session details

Each session of To the Moon and Beyond! will cover similar topics.  The curriculum is age appropriate, and 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 includes a series of activities 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

Both sessions 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 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.

Couldn’t make it to our summer program this year?

Below are a few activities we did during our elementary and middle-school summer school programs that you can try at home!

Catch a Rainbow

An Outdoor Activity

A rainbow is the result of reflection, refraction, and dispersion of sunlight.


Create an Aurora

An Art Project

An aurora (polar, southern, northern lights) is the result of charged particles from the sun colliding with particles from earth's atmosphere.


Build A Solar Cooker

A Creative Challenge

A solar cooker uses heat from the sun to cook food instead of electricity.

Solar Cooker

Paper Plate Sun

An Art Project

Create a sunny face using your imagination or be inspired by images of the sun taken by the Parker Solar Probe, NASA's first-ever mission to "touch" the Sun.

Sun Plate