Center for Educational Outreach Newsletter
Issue: # 4 February, 2013

Thinking about the warm spring weather just around the corner? How about all the great spring and summer activities for you and your students?  Check out all the different options below.  We hope to see you here on campus for Ready, Set, Design!, Robo Challenge, and the Annual JHU Physics Fair. Until then, stay warm!

The Center for Educational Outreach


Opportunities and Events for Students
Date: February 23, 2013
Location: Glass Pavillion in Levering Hall
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Theme: Technologies to Help Developing Countries 
At Ready, Set, Design!, middle-school girls will first learn about the engineering design process and about the theme of that session's activities. Then, the students will split into groups to work on the group design projects. Each group will design a device to perform a specific task related to the theme of the session. Creativity is encouraged - every idea is worth exploring! Girls will also have the opportunity to interact with Johns Hopkins engineering students, as well as to meet local women who have found success and fulfillment in exciting engineering careers. Register online here.

David W. McDuffie Memorial Scholastic Chess Tournament

Date: February 23, 2013  
Location: Poly-Western High School Complex (1400 Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21209)   
Time: 9:30 am

The Maryland Chess Association is pleased to announce the upcoming David W. McDuffie Memorial Scholastic Chess Tournament. Registration fees are $15.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door.  Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may participate; however, membership in the United States Chess Federation (USCF) is required. Players in the Varsity section can earn MD-Sweet-16 Varsity Points to qualify for the Maryland Sweet 16, an annual invitational chess tournament at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The winner of the MD Sweet 16 will receive a 4-year scholarship to UMBC valued at $35,000.
World Water Day 2013

Who: Your middle school students!

What: Students from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health would like to teach your students about the importance of clean water and the role of safe water for health. We are available to give a water-focused presentation (about 45 minutes with a demonstration) to your middle school students between March 18 and 29, 2013 and will come to your Baltimore school. We ask that teachers remain with the students during the presentations, and that the class size be limited to 30 students.

When:  Classroom visits to be scheduled between March 18 and 22, 2013

Where: Your school!

Why: To celebrate World Water Day which is March 22.

How: To schedule, please contact Elizabeth (Betsy) Denning at by Friday, February 22


Robo-Challenge is a free robotics competition hosted by the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) that encourages middle and high school students to construct and program robots to compete in five competitions: petite slalom, mystery maze, search and destroy, robot dance, and innovative use.  This year's competition is April 27th. Don't wait to start preparing!  More information here
Community Events
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day @ JHU

Date: February 17, 2013

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Glass Pavillion in Levering

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

A JHU-wide Outreach Event! This is an educational outreach event to show girls in grades 3-6 what being an engineering is like! All participants will complete engineering projects and get to speak with current engineering students. This event is being held in conjunction with National Engineers Week (Feb 17th-23rd) as well as the JHU Whiting School of Engineering Centennial Celebration! The event is free, but registration is required.

Taking Sudoku Seriously
Date: March 5, 2013
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Hodson 110
Time: 7:00 pm
Are you a Sudoku addict or have students that are?  Come learn more about the math behind the puzzle.  The Hopkins Undergraduate Society for Applied Mathematics (HUSAM) welcomes Dr. Rosenhouse to the Hopkins campus on March 5th at 7:00 pm. RSVP for the event here.
Girl Power 2013
DateMarch 17, 2013
Location: APL Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723
Time2:00 pm
Girl Power is an annual expo for middle and high school girls to give them the opportunity to meet and talk with women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, the girls can discover new career possibilities and spark an interest in pursuing a STEM major and career.
The list of careers and STEM fields that will be presented at the event is constantly growing and changing but includes aerospace, biotechnology, computer science, engineering, geology, information technology, space, and more.
Parents are welcome to attend with their daughters. Directions to this event can be found here. No registration is required, and the event is free. Parking is also free. For more information, call 443-778-STEM (7836) or e-mail


10th Annual Physics Fair
Date: April 13, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Location: JHU Homewood Campus
Experience a Scavenger Hunt ~ Balloon Rocket Contest ~ Over 200 Active Science Demonstrations ~ Liquid Nitrogen Frozen Ice Cream ~ Interactive Astronomy Exhibits and Activities ~ Adventures in Aerospace ~ Hubble Space Telescope Exhibit ~ Phreaky Physics...and much more!


If evaporation, condensation, and precipitation are happening all day long, all around us, why are there not clouds above the ocean constantly?



Although evaporation, condensation and precipitation are happening all day long, all around us, cloud formation only occurs under certain conditions.  First, the air must be completely saturated. Clouds will only form if the air is holding the maximum allowable amount of water vapor.  Warm air can hold more water vapor than cold air. The air can become saturated in one of two ways: either by evaporation from the surface or by rising and cooling off.  Second, the air must have small invisible dust particles (called aerosols) in order for clouds to form.  This process applies over all different types of water bodies and surfaces. Nonetheless, there are not always clouds over the ocean because there is not always enough water vapor in the air.  Although there is a huge body of water under the air, it requires energy (from solar radiation and winds) to evaporate the water into the air.



Alexandria Russell

Johns Hopkins University


Do you have questions for a professor? Email to get the answer in the next newsletter!


As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. We'll have lots more information about late spring and summer programs in our next newsletter!


Margaret Hart
Center for Educational Outreach
Who We Are
The Center for Educational Outreach is part of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Our mission is to inspire and prepare youth, particularly those underrepresented in STEM, to pursue STEM education and careers.
In This Issue
Ready, Set, Design!
Chess Tournament
World Water Week
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
Girl Power!
Physics Fair
Ask the Professor
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On May 4th, 2013 the Center for Educational Outreach is hosting the
Hopkins Robotics Cup, the first Baltimore City Public Schools VEX Robotics Championship. 

All Baltimore City Middle and High Schools with VEX Robotics teams are invited to participate in this exciting event. More information will be provided as the season progresses, but mark your calendars now!

Interested in volunteering? Contact Margaret Strong at
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