September 2016 STEM Newsletter

Welcome back to school! September and October are great outdoor months to introduce students to STEM activities through field trips. Share these fun and exciting events with your middle and high school students and consider a teacher training opportunity as well. 


Center for Educational Outreach Team
Upcoming Events
Battle O' Baltimore

FIRST Robotics Competition comes to McDonogh High School in Owings Mills, MD. 36 high school robotics teams will come together to play FIRST Stronghold, the FRC game for this season. This event is free and open to the public to attend.  

Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 9AM - 6PM
Location: McDonogh High School  8600 McDonogh Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117

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Ready, Set, Design!

Ready, Set, Design! is a half-day event for middle school girls in grades 6-8. The goal of this program is to encourage young girls to explore opportunities in engineering. At the event girls will be divided into small groups to work on engineering design projects with the help of Johns Hopkins engineering students. This event requires registration and is free of charge.

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10AM - 1PM
Location: JHU Homewood Campus, Glass Pavilion 

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Code in the Schools Game Jam 4.0

Code in the Schools' Game Jam is a free, annual event for Baltimore youth in 6th to 12th grade. Teams of four students compete for awesome prizes by designing and developing an original video game in 12 hours using the Unity 2D game engine, with judging throughout the day by video game development professionals.

Date: October 10, 2016
Time: 8AM - 8PM
Location: TBA

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APL's STEM Academy is sponsoring the Girls Who Code Club as well as offering two training courses aimed at middle and high school students during the fall semester. Details regarding the content of the training courses will be posted on their website shortly. Registration will be available online and through the mailing list:

For further details, email Elise Buckley or call at 240-228-3678. 
Field Trip Ideas
Thinking about where to take your students for a cool STEM related field trip? We've got you covered! 

Cylburn Arboretum Nature Museum  - open by appointment; call 410-367-2217 for more information on booking a tour. Located at 4915 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209. 

Banneker Planetarium - open Monday - Friday at 10:15AM. Located on the CCBC Catonsville campus at 800 S. Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228. Free. Call 443-840-5939 or email Angie Black to schedule a show. 

Maryland Science Center - open Monday - Friday 10AM - 6PM and Friday 10AM - 8PM. Located at 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230. Free when you present City Schools ID. Call 410-545-5929 to reserve your field trip.  

The National Aquarium - open Monday - Thursday 9AM - 5PM and Friday 9AM to 8PM. Located at 501 E. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202. There is a free Maryland teacher orientation workshop you must attend prior to booking your field trip. Free. Call 410-576-3833 to register for a workshop. 
Professional Opportunities
Project BioEYES Te acher Training

Project BioEYES is an exciting, hands-on science program that brings live animals into your classroom! During the week-long program, students work with zebrafish, which produce embryos that are raised over the course of the following week. By Friday, the embryos have hatched into larvae with beating hearts and flowing flood that can be viewed under our microscopes. To bring the program to your school, all participating teachers must attend one of our training sessions. For more information visit BioEYES

Training session dates:
October 8, 2016
November 12, 2016
December 3, 2016
February 4, 2016

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science
3520 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Time: 9AM - 2PM