Center for Educational Outreach Newsletter
Issue: # 8November, 2013

As the holiday season approaches, we are gearing up for some fun STEM events. Check out these programs available this winter.

The Center for Educational Outreach


Upcoming Events
Maryland Science Olympiad 

Gain experience and have fun with hands-on STEM activities with the nations' most exciting K-12 STEM competition, Science Olympiad! Maryland Science Olympiad is based on the Olympics format of an exciting tournament with a variety of science vs sports events. It is team-oriented, uses readily available materials, and is one of the most affordable STEM programs. Meet STEM career professional mentors at tournaments. Get you and your students ready for Next Gen Science Standards' emphasis on hands-on now!


For more information or to register a team:
Visit, or contact Kate McGuire at Select "Coaches and Teachers" tab to register a team. 

Deadline for registration: December 6, 2013

JHU Robo Challenge: Training Session

The JHU Robo Challenge is an event for students in grades 6-12 where teams build a robot that can autonomously navigate a maze, create a robot dance, or be used for an innovative application. A training session for teachers, parents, and students will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014  to get them started with the most common robot kits. In the morning we will teach the basics of the Basic Stamp BoE bot and in the afternoon we will teach using the Arduino Robot. Please visit the website for more information or register now.

NACLO Puzzles, Pizza, and Prizes
From 10AM to 12PM, on Saturday, January 18, 2014, middle and high school students interested in language, psychology, math or computer science are invited to learn about computational linguistics from JHU graduate students and how it's used in cool research for Google, cell phones, Twitter, and more. Students will earn new ways to solve problems and puzzles, work together with other students, and earn prizes. The event is located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus and is completely free.
Click here for more details.
NACLO Competition
NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad) is a competition for students in grades 6-12. Students solve puzzles about language for prizes and a chance to represent the United States at the international competition.

The first round competition will be held on Thursday, January 30, from 10AM - 1PM at the  Center of Excellence Stieff Building in Baltimore, MD.

For more information about the competition, registration, and directions visit the JHU NACLO website
The USA Science & Engineering Festival, in association with the Kavli Foundation, is now accepting student entries for the  Science in Fiction video contest. Students in grades 6-12 will investigate how science is portrayed in popular movies, TV shows and video games. Winners will be honored in a special festival EXPO Awards show in Washington, D.C. during the weekend of April 26-27, 2014. 
The contest officially opens for entries on Nov. 1, 2013 and closes Mar. 21, 2014. First prize is $2000 cash prize and a travel stipend to travel to Washington D.C. for the Expo. The second prize is $750 and the third prize is $500. The People's Choice Award prize is $250. Additional prizes include are available.

Visit the contest website for more details.
Classroom Opportunities and Beyond 
Volunteer with the coolest science program around: BioEYES!

BioEYES is a remarkable program, engaging K-12 students in science. Based in Baltimore, educators from the Carnegie Institution for Science bring live zebrafish to local schools.Then, students mate the fish and study the resulting embryos. Zebrafish, being vertebrates, are physiologically and genetically similar to humans, but juvenile zebrafish are optically clear, allowing students to witness their rapid development within one week: from a single-celled embryo to a larva with a circulatory system. 


To learn more about bringing BioEYES to your classroom contact: Chandra Harvey,, 410-246-3041.

For more information visit
NACLO Classroom Visits
NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad) is a competition for students grades 6-12 for which Johns Hopkins is a test location.Visits are offered to Baltimore area schools with students interested in the NACLO competition. The class visit could be during school or after school and would feature graduate students talking about why they love doing computational linguistics (with Q&A) and challenging your students with examples and puzzles.

Classroom visits for December and January are first-come, first-served, so send an email to now.
Free NanoDays Kit!
NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.NanoDays is a week of community based-educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology, and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays 2014 will be held from March 29- April 6.  Science education and public outreach programs can fill out an online application for a physical kit containing all of the materials and resources you need to start planning your community events by 
December 1, 2013. 

STEMnet provides a comprehensive suite of programs aimed at accelerating teacher and student growth in STEM. Programs currently on STEMnet include:

  • STEM Specialist in the Classroom
  • STEM Challenge Program
  • STEM Resource Clearinghouse.

For more program information visit: 

We hope you take advantage of these great opportunities.  Enjoy the holidays and we'll see you next year!


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
Puzzles, Pizza, and Prizes
NACLO Competition
"Science In Fiction" Video Contest
NACLO Classroom Visits
Free NanoDay Kit!
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