Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos (YCCC)
In 2012, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and Smithsonian Affiliations began Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos, an astrophotography project to introduce young students to the wonders of the universe. Since then, YCCC has grown to include more than a dozen Smithsonian Affiliates and is one of our most successful collaborations.
The goal of YCCC is to provide nationwide access to Smithsonian resources, and to engage newcomers to astronomy. Students take images of the cosmos and make them accessible through manipulating the photograph to produce individual interpretations of the images. Along the way, participants learn important 21st-century skills and engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) practices.