February 2017 STEM Newsletter

This edition covers local STEM events happening in February and March as well as upcoming programming deadlines for you to share with your students. As always, we've gathered information on professional development options and added a feature story section at the end. 


Center for Educational Outreach Team
Upcoming Programs and Events
Ready, Set, Design!

The Ready Set Design! program provides introductory engineering experiences for girls in the Baltimore area, through half-day weekend programs on the Johns Hopkins University campus. The girls will brainstorm, build, and present their prototype solutions to themed, real-world engineering problems in groups. JHU students act as mentors for the girls.

Please check our website for registration details and more information in February! Note this event is free, but participants must provide their own transportation.

Middle School Details
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Location: JHU Levering Hall, Great Hall
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Elementary School Details
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Location: JHU Levering Hall, Great Hall
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

To register click HERE or email: Ready, Set, Design!
Maryland Science Olympiad: Baltimore Regional Tournament

Maryland Science Olympiad will be hosting the Baltimore City Regional Tournament. Middle school students from over 25 schools in Baltimore City will be competing for medals in events ranging from bottle rockets to towers and propeller planes! Volunteers are needed to help supervise events. Come check out the students' projects and see what MSO is all about!

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Location: Morgan State University
Registration begins: 8:00 AM

Contact Kate McGuire  or click HERE for more information. 
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.

Engineering Innovation (EI) is an exciting, hands-on summer course for high school students interested in engineering. A residential experience is available at the JHU Homewood campus and Hood College.

Through Engineering Innovation, high school students put engineering concepts to the test. Applying their knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, concepts they've learned in their high school classrooms are suddenly linked to real-world practice. Students' confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, tackle problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.

2nd Deadline - February 15, 2017. Completed applications received by 5:00 PM on February 15th will be reviewed and decisions will go out by March 1st.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: March 15, 2017

Visit website for additional deadlines. Applications will be accepted until sites are filled.   

Program Runs
: June 26 to July 21 for all MD locations 

MD/DC/PA locations: JHU Homewood Campus; JHU - APL Campus; JHU - Montgomery County Campus; Hood College; Loyola University; UDC; Sci Tech High School - Harrisburg, PA

Contact: EI or visit  Engineering Innovation for more information. 
Professional Opportunities
Arduino for Educators Workshop

Do you want to teach computer programming but want an experience that involves more than just what is on a screen? With an Arduino device, you can teach the concepts of computer programming while building interactive and engaging projects that involve lights, buttons, motors, sounds, and sensors. In this workshop, educators will learn how to teach key programming concepts such as variables, control flow, and computational logic using Arduino devices and other hardware components.

Date: March 24th and 25th, 2017

Location: Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center
1045 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 

Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm on Friday and 10:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday
Details: Click  Arduino for more info
Contact: Email Josh
Make Your Makerspace Web Series

Make Your School a Makerspace is a new course that will help you build some of our favorite (and most useful) maker tools! Learn how to build 10 different projects for use in your school, library, or any other youth focused makerspace.

Join us once a month when we will broadcast a new project via a live online class. You can follow along and collaborate with us and others from your own space.

Date: Third Thursday of every month. 
Location: Online
Details : Click Maker Space for more info
Contact: Email Josh
Project Learning Tree

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment and conservation. Activities are drawn from the popular Project WILD Curriculum and Activity Guide. This workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive copies of both the Project WILD and WILD Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guides.  Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credits.

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Location: Baltimore Aquarium
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $15 per person (includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not provided)
Deadline to register: March 24, 2017
Call to register: 410-576-3833 or visit the National Aquarium's  website for more info.
Featured Success Story
I'm a WISE Woman!  Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

This past fall semester the Center hosted students from Western High School and Garrison Forest School to participate in our Women in Science and Engineering internship program. Click HERE to read a story that was published about the program.