Sharing Our Science

Carnegie has a long history of efforts to advance STEM literacy, through Institution-wide outreach and educational programs, as well as more targeted initiatives in the communities where our campuses are located and regular participation in science fairs and festivals whenever possible.

Advancing science literacy among members of the general public, raising awareness of science's importance to society, and training the next generation of STEM professionals are all crucial to our Institutional mission.

Carnegie Academy for Science Education

Since its founding by Carnegie President Emerita Maxine Singer in 1989, CASE programs have served more than 1,600 students and 1,200 teachers in the nation's capital.

CASE’s First Light Saturday Science School, a free program for DC’s middle school students, gives local students an opportunity to explore STEM skills and careers through direct work with STEM practitioners. The Summer Stars program provides hands-on laboratory research experience to high school and undergraduate students.  

To enhance student preparation, CASE also provides multiple professional learning opportunities for teachers, including teaching materials and research-grade lab equipment through the Amgen Biotech Experience. 

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Image of Observatories director John Mulchaey during his lecture n 2015.

Public Events

From lectures to open houses, we invite the public to share in our love of science through a suite of free programming in Washington, D.C., Pasadena, and Baltimore. These events provide a firsthand look at the “a-ha” moments, setbacks, and triumphs that drive brilliant minds and fundamentally change our understanding of the world around us. 

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Other Outreach Initiatives