Science Tuesday, Science Cafe, Explorations Field Trips, Studio i Makerspace, Escape Velocity, KIDfest, Explorer Post 1010, and More!

Rockville Science Center Newsletter
October 2017
Quick Calendar

There is something always going on at the Rockville Science Center. 

Details for these activities are in the newsletter!

Science Tuesday at Rockville Senior Center 
Oct. 10
1pm to 2 pm
Science Cafe at Branded 72 
Oct. 17
7 pm to 8 pm
Studio i Makerspace open Time 
Every Tuesday
7 pm to 9 pm
Check out the Studio i Makerspace 
Group for special activities and classes
Explorer Post meetings
Every Wednesday
6:00 to 9 pm

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Studio i Makerspace
Date: Open meeting time on Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
We have a very aggressive schedule! Check out our other activities on our calendar in  the  Studio i Makerspace Meetup Group
Location: Rockville Memorial Public Library
Registration: Required for some events.

Studio i Makerspace is a new public makerspace on the second floor of the Rockville Memorial Library. A makerspace is a community center with tools and materials where people in the community can come to learn and 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, mini Wargaming Paint Night, and more. Please check out the calendar at  Studio i Makerspace

October Science Tuesday
Hide and Seek With Pediatric HIV Infection: Tales from a Monkey Model
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event: Rockville Science Center, Science Tuesday
Where: Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Speaker: Dr. Mark Burke, Howard University 

Dr. Burke received his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York in 1996. He then went on to complete his doctorate at McGill University in Montreal (Biology) and a post-doctoral fellowship in Physiology at the Université de Montréal. In 2010, he joined the Department of Physiology at Howard University as an Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. Dr. Burke's research focuses on neurodevelopment and the effects of developmental intrusions in non-human primates, specifically hemispherectomies, fetal alcohol exposure and pediatric HIV infection. He has received funding from the Latham Foundation, Behavioral Science Foundation (St. Kitts) and NIH. Dr. Burke joined the Developmental Core of the DC CFAR in 2017 as the Howard University Service Provider.

Dr. Burke will be discussing a pediatric model of HIV infection in primates using simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), which is closely related to HIV. 

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.

 October  Science Café
Rockville: The Epicenter of Revolution in Pharmaceuticals and Improved Healthcare Outcomes
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event: Rockville Science Center, Science Café 
Where: Branded '72 Pit Barbecue, 387 E Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Topic: Rockville: The epicenter of revolution in pharmaceuticals and improved healthcare outcomes. 
Speaker: Jeffrey A. Galvin, CEO and Co-Founder of American Gene Tecnologies. 

Jeffrey A. Galvin is the CEO and Co-founder of American Gene Technologies™ (AGT). He earned his BA degree in Economics from Harvard University. He has more than 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience including founder or executive positions at a variety of Silicon Valley startups. Several of his companies were taken public and/or sold to public companies, including one in the medical-technology arena that was sold to Varian, the leading maker of linear accelerators used in cancer therapy. Following his startup experience, he retired to become an Angel Investor in real estate and high tech. He came out of retirement to found and fund AGT.

Mr Galvin will be discussing the evolution and advances of the pharmaceutical industry in Rockville.
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.

Exploration Field Trips
Our Next trip will be in November

Attendance on our field trips is open to anyone who is a current member of the Rockville Science Center.

Our next trip will be in November. 

About Explorations Field Trips at the Rockville Science Center

Once a month Explorations Field Trips offer Rockville Science Center members the chance to take a more in-depth look at the science or technology at work in a particular outdoor location or science/technology-related organization in the Rockville-DC area, and to meet and enjoy the company of other RSC members. Unless specified otherwise, our Explorations Field Trips are open to adults and kids aged 10 and older, with an accompanying adult required for those under 18. You must be a member of the Rockville Science Center to participate in this activity. 

Sponsored Student Programs News

The Rockville Science Center's sponsored student programs are off and running for this school year. We are supporting several FIRST LEGO League teams with equipment and meeting space. We are finalizing plans for scrimmages in December and tournaments in January. Our program for high school students, Explorer Post 1010, has finished recruitment with over 40 students enrolled in several engineering projects, including robotics, rocketry, and drones. We have a very busy year planned.

Explorer Post 1010

Post 1010 is a great group of high school students with interests in computers, robotics, rockets, and engineering, sponsored by the Rockville Science Center. We meet at Johns Hopkins 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. We have a lot of fun! Check out our website at

For additional information about Explorer Post 1010 contact

Read About Our Previous Months Activities
September Science Tuesday
Volunteers Carrying Messages

Clarence Hickey was our guest speaker at Science Tuesday. "Volunteers Carrying Messages" is about Clarence Hickey's many years as a classroom volunteer in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Clarence is a retired marine biologist, and active docent for the Montgomery County Historical Society's Museum of 19th Century Medicine.

Mr. Hickey shared with us how he actively advocates for scientific literacy, environmental principles, and ethics in science to our school children. He shared with us how he models for the students what it is to be marine biologist and what a marine biologist does. He also discussed why science is important as well as the value and challenges of science and the importance of environmental stewardship to society. And he  shared many hands-on items used in his school presentations to demonstrate environmental stewardship to the audience.

September Science Café
Burning Down the House

Jose Torero was the guest speaker at our September Science Cafe.  He is the John L. Bryan Chair and Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland. His area of expertise is in the design of safe complex environments. He has worked on a range of projects from the safety of the International Space Station to one of the tallest timber buildings in the world.

Mr. Torero's discussed fire safety and reflected on the intangible things that make us feel that we are not at the edge of burning down the house. He pointed out that there is  "this something" that guarantees our protection, giving us a perception of safety in our homes, our businesses, and the infrastructure around our communities. He suggested this "perception" of safety keeps us from developing improved safety measures. 

Explorations Field Trip
Trip to Great Falls

Dr. Philp Justus, a professional geologist, teacher, and Board member of the Rockville Science Center, lead a group on a tour of the Maryland Great Falls. He pointed out   features of interest and discussed the geology and natural history of the falls, the history and function of the Potomac River Diversion Dam, geology, and natural history of Olmsted Island.

We had some new Rockville Science Center members join us on the trip including, many home schooled children. The trip was a lot of fun for the children, many of whom were in the park for the fist time. 

Standing by the Potomac River Diversion Dam.

Dr. Justus and some of the young people who joined us for this trip.

Escape Velocity 2017 Conference

O ver the Labor Day Weekend the Rockville Science Center presented an array of hands-on STEM activities at Escape Velocity, a futuristic  fair held by the Museum of Science Fiction. Sponsors included NASA, the American University, and others. Over 4,300 patrons explored robotics, artificial intelligence, drones and more.

The Rockville Science Center provided an array of STEM exhibits and activities including our robots, how computer memory works, boating techniques, rope making, a geology table (complete with a geologist!), programming games, and much more. 

The Rockville Science Center was  joined at the event by other science minded  organizations, such as the National Electronics Museum, e-Pla netarium, the Pla netary Society, NASA & Projector Mapping Table, DARPA, and Everybody Code Now. Science fiction highlights (not usually in the Rockville Science Center's venue) included a fictional Klingon Jail, the Ghost Busters Ectomobile and Stay Puff Man, just to name a few exhibits. 

Special thanks to our many volunteers and staff who came out and our partners at A+Science4Kids, WIZARDS.exe FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) robotic team, Rockville High School's Botball robotics team, the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, and the Gaithersburg Community Museum. 

Plan to Join the Rockville Science at the Next Escape Velocity Conference on Memorial Day, 2018. Watch for the announcement in this newsletter later in the spring

Rockville Science Center Partner's STEM activity

Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company's Rope Making Demonstration

Dr. Justus and a young guest.


Members and staff of the Rockville Science Center ran several exciting exhibits on Sunday, September 24, at the Silver Spring Maryland  KID fest Festival. Our kiosk attracted hundreds of children to the intrigue of robotics and the magic of air streams. We provided hands-on STEM exhibits, included our ever popular Sumo-Bot ring, where children modify robots and have the robots compete  against  each other.  We also  demonstrated  driverless technology and had activities that demonstrated the Bernoulli Effect.

We want to recognize our Explorer Post youth for helping to staff our exhibits.

KIDfest is a production  of the KID Museum in Bethesda.

Youth from Explorer Post 1010 volunteering at the our kiosk.

David Delalio demonstrating the  Bernoulli Effect.

The Sumo-bots are always a busy attraction.

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