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

Rockville Science Center Newsletter
March 2018
The Center at a Glance

Details for these activities are in this newsletter!

Science Tuesday 
at Rockville Senior Center 

March 13
1 pm to 2 pm

Science Cafe 
Note: We are back at Branded '72 this month!!

March  20 7 pm to 8 pm
Check out the Studio i Makerspace 
Meetup for special activities/classes

Explorer Post meetings

Every Wednesday
6:00 to 9 pm
Amateur Radio Technician License Class at Studio i Makerspace

Every Saturday, from , March 31 to May 5 1:30 pm to 4:40 pm
USA Science and Engineering Festival April 7 
April 8
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 4 pm

Mark your Calendar: Rockville Science Day at Montgomery College

April 22 Noon to 5 pm
Summer Camps June, July, & August.  Click here for camp information
Rockville Science Day

(Must be 16 year and older. SSL Hours!)

Come and join us at Montgomery College for the 29th annual Rockville Science Day, featuring a variety of science and technology-related exhibits, activities, games and demos. Activities and exhibits include rocket-building (and launching), telescope viewing, all kinds of robots, backyard wildlife, ship models, microscopes, snakes, oyster farming, botball, stream science, a pigeon release, Civil War medical practice, coding challenges, math puzzles, chemistry in action (flames, explosions & other reactions), electric vehicle demos, quadcopters, archeaology mini-digs, 3D printing, and brain games.

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

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!

New in March! Amateur Radio Technician License Class, starts Sunday, March 31,1:30 pm. Signup here.

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

Many thanks to a generous donation in December from Fareed Daremipouram we now have a third 3D printer in the space -- a Makerbot Replicator 2!  And it works great. We look forward to many great projects from users. Look for upcoming workshops about 3D printing in March.

Other Studio i Maker Space News

Coder Dojo (ages 7-17) is an ongoing program with 50+ youth attending routinely.  This is a low-pressure, learn at your own pace, group where you can share ideas and learning with peers and expert adult mentors.

Soldering Workshop concluded in January. Look for this program again in the future. 

The MoCo Makers Thursday night series has had wonderful topics and talks which have included, Dive into Deep Learning - Neural Networks Introduction, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Introduction and Staying Safe, Micro-controllers Introduction and Projects, and Group Training for use of the ShopBot CNC carver.

The high-altitude balloon project (a.k.a. Spaceblimp) continues marching forward. Spaceblimp is an educational and exploratory stratospheric balloon project that lofts various payloads to near-space (about 100,000ft). A readiness launch is planned to test out logistics and radio telemetry. It will take place offsite in March leading up to the full launch in April, at RSC Science Day. The readiness payload will include radio telemetry for position and tracking, various cameras for high resolution photography, cosmic radiation detection leading to future experiments, and other exciting items we will highlight in the next newsletter. The work is a collaboration between the RSC Makerspace (Rockvill, MD.), HacDC Hackerspace (D.C.), and Unallocated Space (Severn, MD.). 

March Science Tuesday

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Event: Rockville Science Center, Science Tuesday
Where: Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Speaker: To be announced
Topic: To be announced

Science Cafés are free and open to everyone. They feature a scientist engaging and leading a discussion to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. Science Tuesdays are organized by Rockville Science Center Trustee Ruth Hanessian. These discussions allow our community to explore the latest ideas in Science and Technology outside of a traditional academic context. 

 March  Science Café
Sleep, Circadian Ryrhms, and Human Health
We are back at Branded '72 BBQ

Date:  Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event:  Rockville Science Center, Science Cafés
Where:  Branded '72 Pit Barbecue, 387 E Gude Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Speaker:  Dr. Gena Glickman
Topic:  Sleep, Circadian Rhythm and Human Health: Shining Light on the Matter 
Dr. Gena Glickman is currently part of the Center for Circadian Biology at University of California, San Diego. Her educational experience includes undergraduate studies at Villanova and Thomas Jefferson Universities as well as participation in a specialized training program in Sleep Medicine at Harvard. She completed her graduate work at UCSD, where she now leads the Chronobiology and Light Research Lab. Dr. Glickman is a neuroscientist specializing in the biological effects of light, with a focus on optimizing photic stimuli for circadian and therapeutic applications. She has led studies of sleep, circadian rhythms, and neuroendocrine function for the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Space and Biomedical Research Institute and the Department of Energy. Dr. Glickman has extensive experience working with both human and animal models, making her work cutting edge in terms of its translational potential. 

While humans have evolved and adapted under a natural 24-hour solar day and night, more time is now spent within built environments, which provide constant access to artificial lighting. Research shows how daily patterns of light and darkness drive circadian rhythms in sleep, hormones and mood, all of which significantly contribute to human health and performance across the lifespan. In addition, lighting factors such as timing, intensity, wavelength, directionality and prior photic history can influence these biological responses to light. This presentation will discuss scientific findings from the past two decades that shed light on a newly discovered sensor in the eye and ultimately, may provide important insights for optimizing human health and well-being. 

The Rockville Science  Center Scienc e Cafés  are free and open to everyone. They feature a scientist engaging and leading discussions to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. 

Note: We are back at Branded '72 Pit Barbecue, soon to be renamed Crossroads BBQ & Grill. The restaurant serves awesome BBQ, vegetarian dishes, and salads. Arrive early if you want to buy dinner or a drink and get a table.

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 Challeng Team 
Rocketry Challenge teams are flying rockets with a hope to qualify for the national finals in May.

The FIRST Tech Challenge Team h
as been invited to the state championship tournament on February 17

Post 1010 has been involved in the Botball Educational Robotics program since 2001. The Botball Robotics team is preparing for a tournament on April 7,

Unmanned  Aircraft Systems Team
Post 1010's Unmanned Aircraft Systems team is working toward a local competition in late April

Other Youth Programs

The  FIRST LEGO League (FLL) 
Rockville Science Center received the Maryland Outstanding Qualifier award for our robotics tournaments held in January at the Universities at Shady Grove.

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. The Catalog is available now and registration will be run through the Bullis Summer program and Rockville City web sites.


USA Science & Engineering Festival

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

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Be a Volunteer!


Mark your calendars for the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on        April 7-8, 2018! Explore 3,000 hands-on exhibits from the world's leading scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations and STEM organizations. The two-day Expo is perfect for children, teens, and families who want to inspire their curious minds.

Free 2-Day Expo
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday April 7,10 am- 6 pm and Sunday April 8, 10 am- 4 pm 

Join 350K+ attendees to celebrate science at the Expo and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM. Hear stories of inspiration and courage. Participate in mind-boggling experiments and rock out to science during our incredible stage shows.

To volunteer for this event:

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 ...

2018 Montgomery County Science Fair Judging
March 9 & 10, 2018

Food and Drug Administration White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993
15 Adults

To volunteer for this event:
email interest to

USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 7 & 8, 2018

Washington Convention Center
8 partner organizations

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

Read About Our Previous Months Activities

February Science Tuesday

Second Chance Wildlife Center


Our speaker at the February Science Tuesday was 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 rescuing many species.  

Jim discussed his experience rehabilitating native animals and shared with us how we can help native species who are in trouble. 
 February  Science Café
Genetic Basis for Autoinflammatory Disease in Babies

Dr. Megha Garg joined us for our February Science Café. Dr. Garg received her Doctorate of Medicine at Maulana Azad Medical Coll ege, Delhi, India, and residency through UNC, Chapel Hill. She is currently working as an Associate Investigator in the Translational Autoinflammatory Disease Studies at National Institutes of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Garge's discussion focused on how we identify the cause of multi-symptom, multi-system, or transient symptoms based on a lack of or over production of an enzyme, protein etc., based on genetic sequencing? Can we then use that information in a specified treatment?

Members Only Trip to the National Electronics Museum

Members of the Rockville Science Center enjoyed a docent led tour of the National Electronics Museum in  Lithicum, MD. 

From telegraph and radio to radar and satellites, the National Electronics Museum offers visitors access to the electronic marvels that have helped shape our country and our world.

The group shared experiences working with technology and comparing the old and new technology on display. 

Look for more members only Explorations! trips later this spring.

Rockville Student Art Show 

The Rockville Science Center sent a representative to Judge the Rockville Student Art Show.  The City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks and The Rockville Art League invites student artists, from grades K to 12,  to participate in this annual event. 

Our representative reviewed the students' art work. The focus was on works that carried a message of science and were artistically well done. Four finalists were selected. The highest RSC honor went to Sea Turtle by Cavissa Weiwith, an 11th grader from Wotton High. The other three finalists are Beads of Light and Color by Harry Davidson, a 7th grader from Charles E. Smith Day School, Nature's Gift by Anushka Galla, a 5th grader from Farmland Elementary School, and Glacier from Helicopter by Zoe Fischman, an 8th grader from Charles E. Smith Day School.
We wish to thank the  Rockville Art League for this opportunity to recognize our students and their art work. Art and science overlap in many areas and it is our honor to be involved in the annual Rockville Student Art Show.

Cavissa Wei, Sea Turtle, Wootton HS, 11th grade

FLL Tournament

The Rockville Science Center 
Maryland Outstanding Qualifier Award 


On February 24th, Rockvile Science Center Trustee Robert Ekman accepted the Maryland Outstanding Qualifier award for our robotics tournaments held in January at the Universities at Shady Grove. We would like to thank all the volunteers and teams that participated i the tournaments.

Bob Ekman accepted the award.

The award. Made out of Lego.
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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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