Spring 2017 STEM Newsletter

The countdown to summer is on! With only 10 weeks left in the school year we're gearing up for more exciting spring events. Keep scrolling to find out about local STEM activities starting in April. 


Center for Educational Outreach Team
Upcoming Programs and Events
The Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Society Science Olympics 

Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Society will be holding Science Olympics at the VLP! Students in the LINK (Let's Invest in Neighborhood Kids) After School program in 3rd-6th will be split into groups, and will be paired with student volunteers from Johns Hopkins. The teams will then compete in a series of engineering challenges, including an aluminum foil tower building contest and an egg drop!

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Location: Village Learning Place, 2521 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Time: 2:25 PM - 5:30 PM

Contact Sanjay Elangovan  for more information. 
Maryland Science Olympiad State Tournament

The Maryland Science Olympiad State Tournament will be held on Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus this Saturday, April 8th. Middle and high school students from across Maryland will be competing in 25 different STEM event competitions. Come check it out or volunteer to be a part of the fun!

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
Time : 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Contact Sara Shunkwiler  for more information or visit MSO State Finals for event details. 
Raspberry Pi Workshop

The Digital Harbor Foundation will be holding a two-day Raspberry Pi workshop. The course will be taught by a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and be an introduction to Raspberry Pi, programming in python, and "hacking" Minecraft. The total cost for the workshop is $450 and includes a Raspberry Pi starter kit and a subscription to the Digital Harbor Foundation's Blueprint online resource.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Date: Friday, April 21 - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location Digital Harbor Foundation, 1045 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Time : 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Friday and 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday
Cost: $450 USD

To register, click HERE! For more information, contact Jonathan.  

Come see STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) students present their hands-on STEM projects. Explore STEM through interactive demonstrations. Learn more about STEM in the community.

Date : Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Location : JHU Homewood Campus, Newton H. White, Jr. Athletic Center
Time : 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Register HERE. For more information contact Alisha Sparks.  
Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science (SAMS)

The Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science (SAMS) program is a rigorous academic enrichment program designed to foster excitement, among high school students, in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students reside for five-weeks on the campus of Morgan State University and attend mathematics, English, and computer science classes. Weekly STEM themes are introduced via guest speakers, hands-on activities, and field trips.

Dates: June 25th - July 28th
Location: Morgan State University

For more information visit:  MSU SAMS for more information.
Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Minority Males

This Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Minority Males offers male students in Baltimore City Public Middle Schools access to high-level technology (including coding, robotics and 3D design), STEM and entrepreneurship skills. Students participate in a full day of hands-on activities and interactive instruction coupled with mentoring on the campus of Morgan State University.

Please note that we are currently enrolling students until capacity is reached. 

Middle School Details
DateSESSION ONE: June 26 - July 7, 2017
SESSION TWO: July 10 - July 21, 2017
LocationMorgan State University
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For more information, click HERE or email  LaDawn Partlow.
Professional Opportunities
FutureMakers - Bring a makerspace to you this spring and summer!

Pop-up a makerspace at your site this spring or summer! Enhance your in-or after-school program with visiting makers and innovative STEAM projects! FutureMakers coaches bring a classroom of real tools, creative technologies and pro-grade materials to young makers in PK - 8 classrooms and OST programs in greater Baltimore. From light painting and drawing machines to vacuum forming plastics and woodworking - we help your staff and students grow skill and confidence. Activate technical skills through play, reinforce positive social and emotional learning, and incorporate best STEAM practices into your program. Ask us about how our partners use our pop-up labs as learning experiences for participants and leadership!

Date: April 15 - August 30, 2017
Location: Greater Baltimore
TimeWe fit your schedule - contact us for available day and evening visits.

Click HERE for more info or contact  Matt
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education 12th Annual Research Symposium

The Center for Biotechnology Education will host an information session as well as provide an evening of networking, poster presentations and speakers. The keynote speaker will be Sarah Anzick, Ph.D., a researcher for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
LocationThe Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, A&R Building
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Contact Rachael Romano  for more information. 
Research Experience for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) 

Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) provides educators with summer research experience at participating Army Laboratories. The goal of this enriching program is to reinforce teachers' content knowledge through research experience and interactions with Army and Department of Defense scientists and engineers. Selected teachers will participate in on-line learning as a cohort, with a subset of the cohort selected to conduct research on-site with a mentor Army scientist or engineer. At the completion of the program, teachers will be able to translate this knowledge and experience into enhanced science, technology, engineering and math research curricula and enriched learning for their students.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017
: June - August (dates vary by site location)

For more information, click  HERE or email  Shabir Bhegani.
POGIL Northeast Regional Workshop

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is an instructional strategy that provides opportunities to teach both content and key process skills at the same time. POGIL classrooms and labs consist of any number of students working on specially designed materials in small, self-managed groups.

At this workshop you will:
* Enhance your professional development by gaining new insights into teaching and learning.
* Discover new facilitation techniques
* Experience writing and reviewing activities

Our regional workshop has sessions designed for those new to POGIL, as well as those with previous POGIL experience. We also have plenary and poster sessions for all participants.

Application deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017
Dates: July 17-19, 2017
LocationJohns Hopkins University 

Note: The POGIL Project has leased or rented facilities from the Johns Hopkins University. However, The POGIL Project and any programs operated by The POGIL Project are not related to or affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University aside from the temporary use of facilities for the specified program.

To register, click HERE (you'll need to create an account). 
For more information, contact  Julie Boldizar
Featured Success Story

Barclay Hopkins STEM Partnership

Congratulations to Coach Lewis and Barclay's Maryland Science Olympiad team! Barclay students have advanced to the MSO State Finals after earning 4th place in the MSO Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 4 th , at Morgan State University. The Barclay Team placed in the following categories:
  • Write It Do It: 1st
  • Fast Facts: 2nd
  • Meteorology: 2nd
  • Rocks and Minerals: 4th
  • Wright Stuff: 4th
  • Towers: 5th
  • Disease Detectives: 5th
  • Food Science: 6th
For more information about the partnership, click HERE.