The Children’s Museum of the Upstate shoots for the stars with YCCC

Special thanks to Thom Kelley, Director of Programming at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (Greenville, South Carolina) for this guest post. 

The Children’s Museum of The Upstate in South Carolina has just wrapped up its first  Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos (YCCC) program. The museum had the opportunity to work with two amazing schools, Penny Fisher Middle School and Sterling Middle School in introducing this engaging S.T.E.A.M. based program. Students truly took the software, and the program as a whole, to the next level by finding ways to create some very unique images. Many students took their processed images created through the Smithsonian Imaging software program and processed them even further through programs such as Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Word. This enabled the students to add text, blend multiple images and use special effects to enhance their images. The results were incredible!

Here are some of the students images created during The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s first YCCC program:

Anthony Cinquemani’s   “Lagoon, Orion and Moon”  Sterling Middle

Anthony Cinquemani’s “Lagoon, Orion and Moon” Sterling Middle

Grace Davis “Moon”  Sterling Middle

Grace Davis “Moon” Sterling Middle

Grace Beasley  “Moon and Mars”  Sterling Middle

Grace Beasley “Moon and Mars” Sterling Middle

Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos (YCCC) turns science into art. Through hands-on exercises at Smithsonian Affiliates, students learn how to control the MicroObservatory robotic telescopes over the internet and take images of the universe. This blog series highlights moments from the workshops and student projects on display at Affiliate organizations. YCCC is funded by the Smithsonian Institution’s Youth Access Grants program awarded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access. The project is led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations.

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