Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos

Thanks to our affiliation with the Smithsonian, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is pleased to begin our third year offering “Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos” (YCCC).   Funded by the Smithsonian Institution's Youth Access Grants program and managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, the project is led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in partnership with the Timothy Smith Network.  The goal of the program is to get students excited about astronomy by giving them access to the tools and technologies used by professional astronomers.



YCCC aims to provide students with the opportunity to capture images of the night sky, learn new technologies through the online MicroObservatory platform owned by the Smithsonian’s Astrophysics laboratory and Harvard University and through digital photo processing work, and access their own creativity when colorizing and manipulating their images.  The YCCC program allows students the opportunity to use the same technology and software used by NASA’s own team of illustrators when preparing images for research and exhibition.

Want to learn more about YCCC? Call our Director of Programming at 553-7903.

You can engage in our YCCC program in the following ways:

  • Teachers can arrange for children's museum educators to lead the YCCC program in your classroom. School programs are tailored to meet your school schedule and curriculum goals.  YCCC is appropriate for students in grades 6-12.  Professional Development for educators is also available
  • Scout groups can arrange a YCCC overnight event
  • Homeschool groups can engage in an entire semester of YCCC programming
  • TCMU camps and after school classes – watch our website for upcoming programs


Samples of students' past work.