Summer Camp Update, Building Green,  Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay, Amateur Radio License Tests, Appreciation Event, & More!
Rockville Science Center Newsletter, July 2017
Summer Camp Update

Summer Camp Update
School is out and the Rockville Science Center kicked off its summer camps on June 19 at the Bullis School in Potomac Maryland with Electronics Workshops and Robotics Challenges. We plan to keep our children excited and engaged with science and engineering activities throughout the summer.

About Summer Camps
The R ockville Science Center enriches the summers of children ages 5 to 14 through the camp programs of Rockville City and Bullis School. We want your children to experience science and engineering with exciting hands-on activities and give them a summer to remember.
Contact: Bob Ekman,, 240-386-8111

July -  Studio i Makerspace:
Amateur Radio License Test
Sunday, July 9, 1:30pm-4:30pm
iMakerspace: Amateur Radio License Test
Rockville Memorial Public Library
Registration Required

Join us for these upcoming events at Studio i Makerspace (at Rockville Memorial Public Library):
Free amateur radio tests are being administered by volunteer examiners of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club at the Studio i Makerspace in the Rockville Memorial Library.  Test applicants are requested to register for a test by sending email to  Walk-in test applicants are also accepted.

July - Science Tuesday: 
Building Green
Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Dr,  Rockville, 20850

Bryan Belice, from Northeastern University will be discussing environmentally inspiring building, including green roofs and solar glass.

About Science Tuesday
Science Tuesday features an engaging monthly presentation and conversation with a scientist, with each meeting focusing on a different topic. No scientific background is required, just curiosity.

Events are free to attend.
July - Science Café: 
Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockville Science Center, Science Cafés  
Summertime Blues: Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
Speaker: Dr. Tom Miller, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Blue crab is an iconic species in the Chesapeake Bay that has supported important commercial and recreational fisheries that have come to define the region. Despite its importance, managing blue crab production continues to challenge us. Why? In this talk, Dr. Miller will show how differences in ecology of blue crab in different jurisdictions and how uncertainty over key estimates complicates management. Looking to the future, Dr. Miller will explore how crabs may fare in a changing climate.

Dr. Thomas Miller is a fisheries scientist and Director of the Ches a peake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD. For the  past 25 years, he has been conducting work o n the ecology and  management of blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay. His work is  used to inform current management and to identify the  challenges it may face in the future.

About Science Cafés
Science Cafés are free and open to everyone. They feature a scientist engaging and leading the discussion to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. Science Cafés are organized by RSC Board member Ruth Hanessian and Tina Paul of Sigma Xi, and allows our community to explore the latest ideas in Science and Technology outside of a traditional academic context. Contact Ruth with any questions at 301-674-RUTH.

Rockville Science Cafés are held at Branded '72 Pit Barbecue, which serves awesome BBQ, vegetarian dishes, and salads. Arrive early if you want to buy dinner or a drink and get a table.
Read About our Previous Month's Events
Our Annual 2017 Appreciation Event
The Rockville Science Center held our 2017 Appreciation Event in June at the Rockville Senior Center. Special guests in attendance were the Honorable Bridg et Newton, Mayor of the City of Rockville, and Councilmembers Virginia D. Onley and Mark Pierzchala.

We recognized our many members, volunteers, donors, and staff for their contributions to the Science Center. The Honorable Phyllis Marcuccio, former Mayor of the City of Rockville, and Trustee  of the Rockville Science Center, was recognized for her many years of service. Howard Kimel, CEO of Precision Laboratories, was recognized for his generous contribution to the center. Both were pres ented with lifetime membership at the Rockville Science Center and a custom embroidered t-shirt.

This is an annual event. We encourage all Rockville Science Center contributors  and volunteers to become members. Financial support from our members and donors help to sustain our education and outreach programs. Our goal is to make a Rockville Science Center facility a reality.  

June Science Cafe: Fungus Among Us

Dr. Rebecca Drummond, research fellow at NIH, gave a  riveting  presentation about the world of fungi at our June Science Cafe. Dr. Drummond discussed how fungi are used in production of our food and medicines, and how some fungi represent a serious threat to our environmental biodiversity and human health.  Our  audience  were very engaged in this interactive discussion.


Become a member (Join or renew) here!


Rockville Science Center Platinum & Gold Sponsors:
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
Hitachi Consulting

Rockville Science Center Bronze Sponsors:
Emergent BioSolutions

Corporate, Government, and Not for Profit Sponsorships here!

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