b"Large Magellanic CloudIn this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, thenearby dward galaxy resembles a fiery, circular explosionThese First Light students (right) test their egg drop spacecraft by41dropping the craft from the stairs. The objective was to not break the egg. As part of the space curriculum, the students also used a NASA app to appear to space walk (above). Images courtesy Carnegie Academy for Science Educationwas viewed by over 18 ABE sites worldwide and was distributed through the CASE website.This year First Light middle school students conducted research projects on space, explored the possibility of life on exoplanets, and constructed bottle rockets. Students learned about our place in the universe in several ways. Using cardboard tubes and diffraction grating, students explored how astronomers study objects in space using light, a technique called spectroscopy. With little guidance, the students also chose different materials to design and construct egg drop spacecrafts to simulate the mechanics of landing on different worlds. Using a budget, students designed and built different crafts that would prevent the egg from breaking upon landing. Students in the last term embarked on another project: designing and building bottle rockets with specific materials and instructions. They then competed to see which groups rocket went the highest. The winning rocket went some three stories high, and the winner was awarded space-themed swag. First Light students also analyzed the viability of alien life in sci-fi and presented their research findings on exoplanetsplanets outside of our Solar Systemto families and friends. At the end of the final First Light term, students launched their water bottle rockets in a competition. The winner with the highest rocket, which went some three stories, won some space swag. Image courtesy Carnegie Academy for Science Education"