From the new season of YA Science Café to FIRST LEGO League to the wrap-up of RSC 2.0, there's a lot going on at Rockville Science Center in October.

What's Happening in October 2015
Our initiative to bring a physical Science Center to Rockville, RSC 2.0, is well underway; 14 FIRST LEGO League teams are preparing for upcoming competitions; Science Cafés and Science Tuesdays continue - there's a lot going on at Rockville Science Center this month!
RSC 2.0 working group, summer 2015
Photo credit: Cindy Cotte Griffiths
Project Update: RSC 2.0

We are happy to announce that our committee to produce a Vision Statement that defines our search for a physical building is winding up its work and a finished product should be approved shortly. For the past 6 months, this committee has worked hard, dedicating their Saturday mornings twice a month to hash out the details and ideas of what the Rockville Science Center will look like in building format and where we would like it to go. Many great ideas have surfaced, and the discussions have rendered true fruit...

FIRST LEGO League enthusiasts.
Photo credit: Bob Ekman
Project Update: FIRST LEGO League

The Rockville Science Center has been helping FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams in and around Rockville for the past six years. FLL is a robotics challenge and competition for middle school and older elementary students. This year, we are encouraging 14 teams by loaning them equipment and competition tables. We are also helping them to find high school mentors. In January, we will host a qualifying tournament for local FLL teams at the Universities at Shady Grove. And before the tournaments, we are planning to hold a scrimmage in Rockville for local teams on Saturday, December 19.
Doug Herman (left) and Yoshi Sinoto
Photo credit: Smithsonian 
National Museum of the American Indian
Science Café: Polynesian Engineering Part I - Canoe Building 101

When:  Tuesday, October 20, 7pm - 8pm  (come early to get food and a table!)
Where: Branded '72, 387 E Gude Dr, Rockville MD 20850 (map)
Presenter: Douglas Herman, senior geographer at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The art and engineering involved in building a large canoe in traditional times, from the making of the stone tools to the weaving of the sails and the lashing and gluing of the parts. It demonstrates the ingenuity of Pacific Islanders, living on volcanic islands with no usable metals, in determining the best materials and methods for using only what they had at hand to make these amazing vessels.

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Science Cafés are open to everyone and feature a scientist engaging and leading the discussion to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Rockville Science Café is organized by the Rockville Consortium for Science, SigmaXi, and the Animal Exchange and allows our community to explore the latest ideas in science and technology outside of a traditional academic context. Contact Ruth Hanessian with any questions at 301-674-7884.

Young Adult Science Café: Toddlers and Teeth: Science in the healthcare industry

When:  Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Montgomery College Germantown, room BE 152, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876
Presenters: Dr. Jordan Zaner DDS and Dr. Caitlin Zaner MD

A new season of YA Science Cafe is starting up! We have listened to your feedback, and a great number of you have expressed interest in hearing from medical professionals and learning about the science behind everything they do. On October 22nd, Dr. Jordan Zaner DDS and Dr. Caitlin Zaner MD will join us to talk about their experiences in health care.

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About the organizer and event: The ASBMB USG (Undergraduate Affiliate Network of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Universities at Shady Grove) Chapter promotes interest in STEM areas, raises general public awareness about current issues in STEM fields, and provides opportunities for undergraduate students and members of the scientific community to engage in discussions through periodic "Young Adult Science Cafes." YA Cafes are open to high school and college students - middle school students are encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

Hitachi Consulting 
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus

Animal Exchange 
Emergent BioSolutions
The H.T. Than Law Group

Thank you also to our members and volunteers for your generous donations of money and time.

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