to the moon and beyond! — for 4th & 5th graders
june 15-26, 2020 — 8:30am-12:00pm M-F
FEE: $200 (scholarships available)
to the moon and beyond! — for middle school students
July 6-17, 2020 — 8:30am-12:00pm M-F
FEE: $200 (scholarships are available)
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.
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.