Student Project from Crossroads School



  • Genesis sponsored this team of students.
  • Travel to Houston, Texas.
  • The students tour NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
  • Students presented their video of the James Webb Space Telescope at the JWST International Partners’ Coordination meeting in Houston, Texas on March 3, 2014.

The First Light Machine Documentary

A Documentary created by the Students of Crossroads


Project Overview and Documentary Synopsis

The First Light Machine is a thirty minute documentary about the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the legendary Hubble telescope. This documentary was made by sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at The Crossroads School in Baltimore, Maryland. Students were able to travel to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to film and interview several of the scientist and engineers seen throughout the documentary. The students were also involved in all phases of producing the film which included researching the history of the Hubble telescope, researching the technology that will be used within the James Webb telescope, creating interview questions, drafting the script, filming, and helping to edit the finished film.

About Living Classrooms Foundation

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” 

Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation has grown into an educational and economic force that combines one of the city’s most cherished assets – its beautiful and historic harbor – with some of its most overlooked – the thousands of bright, ambitious children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds. What began with one program in one city has grown into dozens of programs across a region that now encompasses Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. 

Living Classrooms has developed a distinctive competency in experiential learning — literally learning by direct experience — or what we call “learning by doing.” These experiences take place at many “living classrooms” on our various campuses, including maritime museums and ships, and in neighborhood and community settings.

About The Crossroads School

The Crossroads School is a public, tuition-free charter middle school operated by Living Classrooms Foundation on its East Harbor Campus through a contract with the Baltimore City Public School System. The school, which opened its doors in September 2002, draws students from five East Baltimore elementary schools, and currently serves 150 students in 6th through 8th grades.

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