Science Tuesday, Science Cafe, Studio i Makerspace,  Youth Programs. Explorer Post 1010, & More!

Rockville Science Center Newsletter
January 2018
Quick Calendar

Details for these activities are in this newsletter!

First LEGO League teams tournaments. Public invited to view excitement .

January 6 12:30 to 4:30 pm
 (Public Viewing)

Science Tuesday 
at Rockville Senior Center 

January 9
1 pm to 2 pm
(Public Viewing)
First LEGO League teams tournaments. Public invited to view excitement .

January 13
Science Cafe 
Check website for location change
to the Rockville Fuddruckers Restaurant

January 16
7 pm to 8 pm
Studio i Makerspace open Time 

alternating Tuesdays, per the Studio i Makerspace Meetup calendar

7 pm to 9 pm
Check out the Studio i Makerspace 
Meetup for special activities/classes

Explorer Post meetings

Every Wednesday
6:00 to 9 pm
Mark your Calendar: Science Day 
At Montgomery College
April 22 Noon to 5 pm
Thank You for a Successful Year

Thank you to the our supporters and volunteers who have helped make 2017 a successful year. We reached over 10,000 participants with our cafes, camps, exhibits, festivals, and trips. Our Makerspace is up and running, meeting the investigative and creative interests of both young and old.

And now we start a new year with momentum. Our programs are scheduled and our volunteers are ready. We are anticipating a great Rockville Science Day on April 22, 2018. We hope everyone will take advantage of our local programs. Keep watching our website and our calendar for details. Becoming a member of the Rockville Science Center demonstrates your support of the Center, its programs, and its vision for the future (

In 2018 we will be focusing on identifying a dedicated space where we can grow our programs. This will require the support of the local community and area businesses. Our board of trustees is hard at work evaluating facilities and raising funds. We are poised to make significant progress. You can help by connecting us to funding and support opportunities.
Bob Ekman, Trustee President
Rockville Science Center
Phone: 301-512-1278,

Studio i Makerspace

Location:  Rockville Memorial Public Library, 2nd Floor, 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Registration:  May be  required  for some events.
Open Meeting Time:   Alternating Tuesdays,  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm  Just show up and learn about the  Studio  i Makerspace.
Calendar: Check out all our activities on the  Studio i Makerspace Meetup Group

The Makerspace Coder Dojo

A makerspace is a community center with tools and materials where people in the community can come to learn, teach and make things. Our Makerspace  includes robotics, drones, rocketry, amateur radio, and many more activities. Check us out!

Other ongoing activities include Open Time, Microcontrollers 101, Drones and R/C interest Group, Coder Dojo, Space Blimp, and much more. 

January Science Tuesday
Round Table Discussion
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event: Rockville Science Center, Science Tuesday
Where: Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Moderator: Ruth  Hanessian, Trustee, Rockville Science Center

Rockville Science Center's Science Tuesday is held at the Rockville Senior Center on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 pm.  Join us on January 9 so that you can contribute you thoughts to what we will be doing with the science Tuesday program in 2018.  We are particularly enthusiastic for you to join us on January 9th, so that you can contribute your thoughts to what we will be doing with the Science Tuesday programs in 2018.  We will have a few scientists with us to give a brief idea of what they do.  Feel free to bring a friend and relative who has an interest or job in science.  We look forward to a, lively discussion. 

 January  Science Café
Second Chance Wildlife Center
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event: Rockville Science Cafe
Note the change in location! 
Fuddruckers  Restaurant  
1592 Rockville Pike A, Rockville, MD 20852
Across Rockville Pike from Congressional Plaza.

Speaker:  Jim Monsma, Executive Director of Second Chance Wildlife Center. 
Topic: The Second Chance Wildlife Center.

Our speaker will be Jim Monsma, the Executive Director of the Second Chance Wildlife Center. Second Chance is one of the most active wildlife rehabilitation clinics in the Mid-Atlantic. It is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and handles more than 3,000 injured, ill, and orphaned animals each year. Jim Monsma comes to us with a great deal of experience handling many native species of animals that are in need of care because of accidents, illness, or have crossed the path of the human species. Jim and the staff rescue songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, rabbits, turtles, and a host of other native species - for medical treatment, attentive care, and release.
Jim will discuss his experience rehabilitating native animals. Join us for an informative evening that will help you understand the science of wildlife rescue.

Science Cafés are free and open to everyone. They feature a scientist engaging and leading an informal discussion. 

This month's cafe Rockville Science Cafés are held at Fuddruckers, a family-friendly chain for burgers on housemade sesame seed buns, plus salads & shakes. Arrive early if you want to buy dinner or a drink and get a table. Fuddruckers is located at 1592 Rockville Pike A, Rockville, MD 20852.

Sponsored Student Programs News

Explorer Post 1010

Post 1010 is a great group of over 40 high school students with interests in computers, robotics, rockets, drones, and engineering. The Post is sponsored by the Rockville Science Center. 

We meet at the  Johns Hopkins University, in  Rockville Maryland, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the school year. Members of the Post are developing experience designing and building engineering projects as they explore engineering as a career. Check out our website at

For  additional  information about Explorer Post 1010, First Lego League, or our other youth programs contact

Team America Rocketry Challenge programs are starting up. Rocket launches are scheduled every month through the school year. 

The FIRST Tech Challenge team is building their competition robot. They are meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 

Post 1010 has been involved in the Botball Educational Robotics program since 2001. The Botball teams are currently learning the complex programming required to control their autonomous robots. Their first competition is in April 2018.


Other Youth Programs

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams have formed with the support of the Rockville Science Center.

See below for news about January Tournaments.

The Rockville Science Center is again conducting
Science Camps  in summer 2018, to be held at the Bullis School and at various sites in the City of Rockville. We will have camps in geology, biology, astronomy, engineering, robotics, and electronics. The camps are focused on the critical growth of older elementary and middle school students. Catalogs will be available in January and registration will run through the Bullis Summer program and Rockville City web sites.

Local FIRST LEGO League teams are using our Makerspace to get ready for their tournaments in January. The tournaments, hosted by the Rockville Science Center, take place at the Universities at Shady Grove on successive Saturdays, January 6 and January 13. The public is invited to view the excitement, 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Comments should be directed to

Rockville Science Center Trustee Activities

The Rockville Science Center may not yet be in our own physical building, but our presence is being felt in many places. Dr. Phil Justus' letter to the editor of the Washington Post was shared in our last newsletter. This month we are pleased to announce that Rockville Science Center Trustee, Ruth Hanessian, 
was a reviewer for  Management of Animal Care and Use Programs in Research, Education and Testing, Second Edition. This text t is used by researchers around the world. 

Ruth serves on the National Institutes of Health, Eye Institute Animal Care and Use Committee (NEIACUC) . 

Management of Animal Care and Use Programs in Research, Education and Testing, Second Edition

Edited by Robert H. Weichbrod, Gail A. (Heidbrink) Thompson, John N. Norton

August 28, 2017 by CRC Press 

Reference - 872 Pages - 37 Color & 100 B/W Illustrations 

ISBN 9781498748445 - CAT# K27096

Volunteer Opportunities at the
Rockville Science Center
We have many volunteer opportunities coming up as our busy season approaches. Volunteering at the RSC gives students an opportunity to earn SSL hours and adults to participate in our outreach to the community. Events coming up are ...

Event Date Public Location
FIRST LEGO League Robotics Qualifiction Tournment
January 6 & 13, 
Universities at Shady Grove
25 adults and 25 teens each day

To volunteer for this event: or email interest to

2018 Maryland High School Science Bowl Competition
January 13, 2018
Montgomery College Rockville Campus
10 Adults

To volunteer for this event: or email interest to

2018 Montgomery County Science Fair Judging
March 9 & 10, 2018
Food and Drug Administration White Oak Campus
15 Adults

To volunteer for this event:
email interest to

Rockville Science Day 2018
April 22, 2018
Montgomery College Rockville Campus
25 adults and 25 teens 

To volunteer for this event: or email interest to


USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 4 thru 6, 2018
Washington Convention Center
8 partner organizations

To volunteer for this event:
email interest to


Read About Our Previous Months Activities

December  Science Café
Basics of Infrared Imaging and Applications


Our December 19th Science Café was a little different than some of our previous cafés. As usual we had a wonderful speaker, Dr. Patti Gillespie, and a comfortable environment at the Rockville Senior Center. Carmen's Italian Ice and Cafe brought in their Hot Dog wagon for our Winter Picnic. We had all the fixings; beans, deserts, and wine, as we enjoyed our speaker.  

Dr. Gillespie is a retired Army Research Laboratory researcher who spent her career on various aspects and uses of electromagnetic energy working for the Army. She currently volunteers as a Senior Editor for Optical Engineering, an international journal that feature state of the art manuscripts on various topics in applied optics. She has a PhD in physics from New Mexico State University and a BS in Astronomy from Ohio State University. Dr. Gillespie is a Fellow of SPIE (The Society for Optics and Photonics Technology).
The December talk was adapted from a short course on infrared imaging that Dr. Gillespie originally presented to National Guard pilots as part of their annual technical training courses.The Infrared Imaging portion was just a small portion of the week's technical training. The presentation offered the listeners background on infrared imaging including a brief history of IR imaging, what it is, how it works, how it is impacted by the environment, and how it is used today. 
 December Explorations!
A Tour of the  National Cryptologic Museum 

Over 21 Rockville Science Center members joined us for a tour of the National Cryptologic Museum. The National Cryptologic Museum collection contains thousands of artifacts, including working World War II German Enigma machines and a U.S. Navy Bombe used to crack the Enigma secret code. Displays discussed the history, people, machines, techniques, and locations concerned. Initially housing NSA artifacts for viewing by employees, the museum quickly developed into a collection of U.S. cryptologic history, with some artifacts dating back to pre-American Revolutionary War.

Our museum docent, and experienced cryptologist, provided some back stories to many of the items on our tour. 

We will be planning more Explorations! Field Trips for our scientifically minded members in the upcoming months. We hope you will join us. 

U.S. Navy Bombe
PACE TR-10 analog computer.

Enigma machine collection.
Cray X-MP super-computer.

Explorer Post 1010

In our lab space at Johns Hopkins, Explorer Post 1010 is preparing to become the next generation of engineers. They have several teams working on engineering projects - robot building, robot testing, rocket building, and electronics learning.

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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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