Center for Educational Outreach STEM Newsletter
Issue: #13October, 2014

School is underway and autumn is here! As the weather gets colder, fall into some fantastic STEM events in the area!

The Center for Educational Outreach


Upcoming Events
4-H National Youth Science Day: Rockets to the Rescue!
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 6:30PM

University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County

1114 Shawan Rd. Cockeysville, MD 21030


4-H aerospace engineers to the rescue!

Join students across the world in building rockets to transport food to an island devastated by a natural disaster. Learn about aerodynamics, engineering, nutrition, and food safety and security while integrating science topics from school curriculum. As young aerospace engineers, this is your chance to solve this urgent problem! This activity is geared for students grade 4 and above.  


For additional information, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day Website.
Sew into Flight

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time: 12:30pm - 5pm

Location: Montgomery Libraries

What: FutureMakers presents Sew Into Flight: Design, fabricate and launch nylon kites, parachutes and lighter than-air craft  - with a sewing machine!  Boys and girls are introduced to hand and machine sewing, follow patterns and create original designs using flight-ready technical  fabrics. Sewing is perfect for rapidly prototyping ideas and problem solving. For tweens and teens, registration required.
Click here for more details and to register. Be sure to visit the FutureMakers website for other cool STEM events like this one!
Ready, Set, Design!
Date: Saturday November 8, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Homewood Campus, Glass Pavilion

ReadySetDesign! aims to provide introductory engineering experiences for middle and elementary school girls in the Baltimore area.  The JHU program hosts four events per year (two for middle school girls and two for elementary school girls) at Homewood Campus.  During these events, girls are introduced to the engineering design process through collaborative, non-competitive design challenges that require creativity and teamwork.  From start to finish, the girls are mentored through their design challenges by women engineering students currently studying at Johns Hopkins University. The event on November 8th is for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade girls.

For details or to register, click here!  
Howard County Math Festival

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Centennial High School at 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City (21042)

What: The second annual Howard County (HoCo) Math Festival will show that math is fun and enjoyable. The one night only event features math magicians, rappers, dancers, the Baltimore Orioles, the Peabody Institute, the US Air Force and so much more!

STEM in the Stars
Total Lunar Eclipse
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 5:00AM - 7:00AM
Location: The Maryland Science Center
What: Witness the Total Lunar Eclipse at the Maryland Science Center during the predawn hours in the Observatory. The planet Uranus will also be visible!

Saturday Morning Science: Designing Spacesuits
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 10AM & 12PM
Location: Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 326
What: Come hear from ILC Dover about their experiences with spacesuit design for the NASA astronauts and designs for the future.
Public Star Party 
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: Alpha Ridge Park 11685 Old Frederick Rd
Marriottsville, MD 21104
What: Howard Astronomical League (HAL) invites anyone interested in the night sky to come out and view the stars in a casual, relaxed setting. For more details, visit HAL's website
The Dome Theater
Bring the Dome Theater to your school! The dome theater is a mobile theater experience provided innovative and engaging educational programs to you and your school. It is designed for students from Pre-Kindergarten to the 8th grade. The videos cover a wide range of topics with titles such as "Passport to the Universe", "Cosmic Collisions", "The Dinosaur Prophecy" and many other STEM related titles.
For more information on the Dome Theater and how to bring it to your school, visit their website. Click here for pricing details. 
Maryland Space Grant Observatory Open Houses

Date: Every Clear Friday Night  

Time: 8:00PM - Midnight

Location: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy - 3701 San Martin Drive

What: The MDSGO is open every Friday evening to the public. At the observatory, you can look through our telescope to see planets, stars, star clusters, galaxies, and more! Admission and parking are free to the public.


If you are interested in a private event, please call 410-516-6525 to schedule.

Friday Night Star Gazing and Saturday Sungazing
Date: Every Friday Night and Saturday afternoon
Time: 7:00PM - 10:30PM; 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: The Observatory at Maryland Science Center 
What: Come see the Moon, planets, and stars through the historic, computer controlled Alvan Clark & Sons 8 inch refracting telescope at the Maryland Science Center. The observatory is free to the public. (The Saturday sungazing event is not free, but is included in museum admission. Click here for details)
Banneker Planetarium
Interested in Investigating Earth and Space? Plan a trip to the Banneker Planetarium to see the show. Group shows are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:15 amEmail Angie Black at to schedule a show, or you may call 443-840-5939. The Banneker Planetarium is located on the CCBC - Catonsville Campus Laboratory Building, Rm. LABB-003 800 S. Rolling Road Catonsville, MD 21228
Professional Development
Coaches Clinic at JHU

Date: Saturday October 18, 2014

Time: 8:30 am 

Location Hodson Hall, JHU Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218


Join MSO for hands-on training at the Baltimore MSO coaches clinic which is targeted toward new Baltimore coaches, but is open to any interested non-coach adults (from any state).  It will have elementary and middle school tracks (no high school).

Middle school topics might include team start up, Crimebusters and Can't Judge a Powder, Bottle Rockets, Gliders, test events, Picture This, and more.  Free kits are available for Baltimore coaches.  

Cost is $15 for non-Baltimore-teacher participants and free to Baltimore coaches and collegiate volunteers. Lunch is included for all registered participants.


Register here. Any questions, contact  Kate McGuire.

BioEYES: ES Teacher Training in Science

Date: Saturday November 22, 2014
Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, 3520 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
Project BioEYES is a one-week, K-12 science outreach program that provides resources, in-class co-teaching with a science outreach educator, and curriculum that uses live fish as subjects. This workshop, for 2nd/3rd and 5th grade teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools, will build your competence and comfort-level in teaching hands-on science using a student-centered approach to education.

To register, contact Rob Vary at (space is limited).

For more information about BioEYES, visit the website.

JHU Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students (PAGS) Outreach Program


PAGS Outreach visits local schools to show physics and astronomy demonstrations and describe life as a graduate student and scientist. At our disposal we have physics demos most appropriate for high school students and a portable planetarium with shows most appropriate for elementary school students. We are looking for schools interested in having us visit classrooms or afterschool programs on a semester timescale or more frequently. If you are interested please contact for more information or visit their website.  


We hope you enjoy some of these great events and opportunities. 



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
4-H National Youth Science Day
Sew into Flight
Ready, Set, Design!
HoCo Math Festival
Total Lunar Eclipse
Designing Spacesuits
Star Party
Dome Theater
Observatory Open House
Star & Sun Gazing
Maryland Science Olympiad
JHU PAGS Outreach
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