Molecular Markers, LEGO Sumo, Drug Design - What Do You Want to Learn About?
Rockville Science Center Newsletter, May 2017
Looking for a Summer Camp?

We've got a few openings left in camps we offer for  ages 5 to 14 through the camp programs of Rockville City and Bullis School, especially robotics camps (which are great for 9- to 13-year-olds who might want to participate in our robotics programs in the fall).  Take a look!

Tuesday May 16, 7pm
Branded '72 Pit Barbecue
387 E. Gude Dr, Rockville 208050

Come to hear from and talk to Dr. Talo Pastor-Corrales, who conducts research on genetic resistance of the common bean to hyper-variable pathogens, such as those that cause common bean rust, soybean rust,and anthracnose.  Come early to get a table and buy some dinner or a drink!

Coming up at Studio i Makerspace
Join us for these upcoming events at Studio i Makerspace (at Rockville Public Library):
May 13, 11am-2pm 
Form a team of 1-4 Elementary or Middle School age kids (these can be friends, family or even strangers). Register on the Library calendar. Show up at 11AM, then we build like crazy for 2 hours. The goal is to make the best Sumo Lego robot you can, for the knock-down, double-elimination tournament to follow.

May 20, 1-4pm
Studio i is gathering some interesting stuff; old printers, old computers, a toaster or two, an alarm clock, and other fun items to tear apart. We'll don safety glasses and get a few safety instructions and then be free to see what's inside.

May 25 - Young Adult Science Cafe

Thursday May 25, 5pm
Room 2230 of Building III 
The Universities at Shady Grove
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD  208050

Young Adult Science Cafe is open to college students, high school students, and middle school students with a parent.  Join us to hear Dr. Pidugu, a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine, discuss her background and provide an introduction to drug discovery. She will share her expert insight regarding the role of structural biology in lead identification, target validation, and structure-based drug design along with potential drug target identification, naturally occurring compounds in probable drug candidates, pre-clinical drug trials, and clinical drug trials.

June 13 - Science Tuesday: Rock On

Tuesday June 13, 1pm
Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville 20850

Phil Justus, Ph.D., delights you with his selection of rocks and minerals. Bring specimens and Justus will help identify them.  Register at the City website (

Appreciation Corner

We had another great day full of interesting exhibits and lots of visitors at the 28th annual Rockville Science Day.  Thanks to Dom for the photo above, and to everyone else who sent us photos and feedback about the event.  If you haven't, you can still  send feedback or a photo here.

RSC welcomes these new & renewing members and contributors:

Dorothy Wicker, Thomas Sheehan, Michael Davis family, John W. Lewis, and Roald Schrack


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

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