Solar Eclipse Party, Balloon Project, STEM Supplementation in MCPS, Fusion Reactor Quest, Global Conference on Educational Robotics and more.

Rockville Science Center Newsletter, August 2017
Quick Calendar

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

Studio i Makerspace: (check Studio i Makerspace Meetup Group for all activities)
  • Open Time: Aug. Every Tuesday evening, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Micro-Controllers: Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Science Tuesday at Rockville Senior Center: Aug. 8th, (See below)

Scien ce Cafe at Branded 72: August 15 (See below)
Eclipse Party: Aug. 21, Observation Park, Gaithersburg, MD (See below)
Explorer Post 1010: Aug. 21 Athens TN, Eclipse outing. (Contact your Post Adviser)

Summer Camp Update

Summer Camp Update
The Rockville Science Center Summer Camps are moving along at the Bullis School in Potomac Maryland with Electronics Workshops and Robotics Challenges. Our campers are excited and engaged with science and
engineering activities.

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.

It is not too early to be thinking about Summer Camp for next year.  Contact: Bob Ekman,, 240-386-8111

Solar Eclipse Party
August 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location:  Observatory Park, 100 Desellum Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

The Gaithersburg Community Museum has invited the Rockville Science Center to join them in presenting the STEM activities that will be happening at Observatory Park.

There hasn't been a total solar eclipse across the US since 1979! Since Gaithersburg will be at 85% totality we are having a party! Enjoy solar viewing, solar activities, things to make and take, plus free solar viewers while supplies last. There will be a live feed of the total eclipse.

There will be many hands-on activities, experiments, and make and take projects. Since this is such an extraordinary teachable moment, we try to hold this event even in less than optimal viewing conditions.


PARKING: Use the field at the corner of Desellum at Route 355. Enter the lot on Desellum.  It is a two block walk to the park. Handicapped parking available at Observatory Park.

For OVERFLOW PARKING: Use the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at the corner of Summit Avenue and Route 355 and/or Gaithersburg High School and/or the Activity Center at Bohrer Park.

WEATHER CONTINGENCY- Last minute announcements will be posted on the Gaithersburg Community Museum Facebook Page

**Please check the Gaithersburg Community Museum Facebook Page before arriving for last minute announcements**


August -  Studio i Makerspace:
High Altitude Balloon Project
August and September: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Rockville Memorial Public Library
Registration: Required for some events.

Other ongoing activities: 
Studio i Makerspace has a very aggressive schedule of activities. Check out our calendar at the Studio i Makerspace Meetup Group
Makerspace - High Altitude Balloon Project

Come join a new challenging project at the Makerspace, "Space Blimp".  This is a high-altitude balloon employing scientific monitoring devices as it ascends to heights of 100,000+ ft!  Led by RSC member Samarth Chugh our group will create a device package and plan for the variety of difficult issues that occur at high altitude. If you have interest in atmospheric, environmental, and/or space science, radio telemetry, or just open to great projects - please join us at the Rockville Library Makerspace on Tuesdays at 7pm throughout August and September.

Other ongoing activities include Open Time, Microcontrollers 101, Drones and R/C interest Group, mini Wargaming Paint Night and more. 

August - Science Tuesday: 
Big Learning and STEM Supplementation in Montgomery  County Schools
Tuesday, August 8, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event: Rockville Science Center, Science Tuesday
Where: Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Jane DeWinter, the Executive Director of Big Learning, will be discussing Big Learning and STEM supplementation in Montgomery County schools. 

Big Learning's nonprofit mission  is to operate instructional programs in language, sciences, and creative enrichment for elementary and middle school students in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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.
 August - Science Café: 
Fission Reactor Quest
Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event: Rockville Science Center, Science Cafés 

Where: Branded '72 Pit Barbecue, 387 E Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Topic: The Fusion Reactor Quest
Speaker: Professor Bill Dorland, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park.

Nuclear  fusion powers our sun. Harnessing and controlling fusion reactions here on E arth has been a goal of a large international research effort for decade s. Professor Dorland will describe the challenges that remain and the ultimate possibilities for fusion power.

Bill Dorland is a professor in the physics department at the University of Maryland, C ollege Park, and a visiting professor in the department of nuclear engineering at MIT. He has worked on nuclear fusion ideas for 27 years. In 2009, he was awarded the E. O. Lawrence medal in recognition of his contributions to magnetic confinement fusion research.

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
Explorer Post 1010 


Both the You
th and Adult members of Explorer Post 1010, competed at the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, at Norman, Oklahoma. The youth were ranked 4 out of 64, an outstanding score. The adult members of the post also fared well in their competitions.
Post 1010 is a group of around 40 high school students with interests in computers, robotics, rockets, and engineering who meet weekly in teams to prepare for competitions in one of four national programs.

July Science Tuesday - Building Green

Bryan Belice, from Northeastern University, discussed environmentally inspiring building, described how to implement sustainable agricultural with a small footprint, and provided us with examples roof gardens. His presentation ended by  showing how to possibly utilize an existing empty paved rooftop by the Rockville Metro for urban agriculture.

June Science Café: Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

Dr. Thomas Miller, Director of the Ches a peake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD, spoke about his work on one of the most iconic species in the Chesapeake Bay, the blue crab. For the past 25 years he has conducted ground breaking work to help commercial and recreational fisheries manage the blue crab. He discussed how differences in ecology in different jurisdictions and uncertainty over crab populations complicate management. 


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U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
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