Center for Educational Outreach STEM Newsletter
Issue: #14Dec 2014/Jan 2015

As the holidays approach, we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some STEM events to gobble up this season. 

The Center for Educational Outreach


Upcoming Events
Science for Kids 
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library, Cherry Hill Branch
What: Learn fun facts and demonstrate basic scientific principles through simple experiments and hands-on activities.(Continues every other Tuesday, visit website for exact dates)

For more information, visit the Enoch Pratt Library website.
Saturday Morning Science

Date: Saturday December 6, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 326

What: Towson University presents Saturday Morning Science, a free public event that presents scientific concepts and content in exciting ways suitable for all ages. These programs cover a variety of topics, including the work of scientist Albert Einstein and current NASA projects.
Dollar Days at the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium 

Date: Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7, 2014
Location: Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium.


What: The Maryland Science Center is once again participating in Dollar Days on December 6 and 7.  Admission is just $1.00 to see our permanent exhibit halls, a planetarium show, demo stage, and the Observatory (weather permitting, Saturday only).  IMAX is not included. For more details about Dollar Days at the Aquarium and around Baltimore, view the flyer here


For more information, visit the Maryland Science Center website

Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Let it Snow!
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM
Location: Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center
What: Children from ages 2 to 5 are invited to explore the wonderful world of winter. Through games, crafts and activities, they will get to investigate water in its very frozen state.

For more information, visit the Masonville Cove website.
Classroom or Extra-Curricular Opportunities
JHU RoboChallenge Training Session
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM (BoE-Bot), 1:30 PM- 5:00 PM (Arduino robot)
Location: Hackerman Hall room B17, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
What: The JHU Robotics 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 and innovative application. The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics offer a training session for teachers, parents, and students to get started with the most common robot kits. In the morning they will teach the basics of the Basic Stamp BoE bot and in the afternoon they will teach using the Arduino robot. 


Register on their website

Puzzles, Pizza & Prizes!
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a competition for students in grades 6-12, focused on solving linguistic puzzles. The first round competition is tentatively scheduled for Thursday January 29th, 2015


Come learn about computational linguistics (and how it's used in cool research at major tech companies) at Puzzles, Pizza, and Prizes

When: Saturday January 10th, 2015

Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Center of Excellence, 810 Wyman Park Dr (Stieff Building), Baltimore, MD 21211


Students will learn new ways to solve problems and puzzles, work together with other students, and earn prizes. Anyone is welcome to come to the practice session even if they can't make it to the competition! 


School Visits:
We are also offering to visit schools who have students interested in the NACLO competition in the Baltimore area. Interested teachers should email by December 5th to schedule.

Tower of Power
Location: Johns Hopkins University - Homewood Campus
Participation Deadline:
January 30, 2015
Entry Deadline: 
February 6, 2015

Join Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering in celebrating National Engineers Week (February 22-28, 2015) by building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows. The middle school team that builds the tallest freestanding tower wins and will be invited to recreate their winning tower at the JHU Tower of Power event!
MERIT Scholar 
MERIT (Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens) transforms Baltimore City high school students into health care leaders by preparing them for success in college and beyond. MERIT Scholars receive three levels of support for three years including 1) weekly Saturday sessions focused on SAT prep, college admissions guidance, leadership development, and health care disparities, 2) paid summer internships working in hospitals and laboratories, and 3) longitudinal mentoring. MERIT is a competitive program, and 20 sophomores from across Baltimore City will be accepted this year.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 19, 2014

More information and the application can be found on the MERIT website or contact
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

Application Opens: January 15, 2015
WhatGirls Who Code is excited to bring their free 7-week Summer Immersion Program to Washington, DC this summer! In the program, rising juniors and seniors are embedded inside a technology company each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, mobile app development, robotics, web development and design. Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks and workshops led by female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors that serve as mentors and role models throughout the program.  Field trips to leading technology companies allow young women to envision a future for themselves and begin networking with those in the field. 

For more information, view the Girls Who Code video and fill out the interest form to be alerted when the application is available. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Healthy Minds Math Teaching Program

Date: Now through March 2015

Location: Commodore John Rodgers Elementary and Middle School

What: Healthy Minds is a JHU student group dedicated to helping young men and women develop a stronger foundation in math specifically, and STEM education more broadly. Volunteer with Healthy Minds for the opportunity to teach 4th - 8th grade students in small groups at nearby Commodore John Rodgers Elementary and Middle School. This turnaround school provides volunteers with a wonderful chance to explore the world of teaching and math with bright, motivated young minds.


For more information, email Healthy Minds at

FIRST Robotics Competitions 

There will be 30+ FIRST robotics competitions around the state for ages 6 -18 starting in Dec. All events are free and open to the public. Consider volunteering for a day and joining the community of 1500+ event volunteers helping this year. Visit our Calendar of Events to see all the dates, locations and programs with links to how to volunteer. 

We hope to see you at some of these wonderful events. Happy Holidays and we'll see you in January!



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
Science for Kids
Saturday Morning Science
Dollar Days
Science Alive
JHU RoboChallenge Training Session
Puzzles, Pizza & Prizes
Tower of Power
MERIT Scholar
Girls Who Code
Healthy Minds Math Teaching
FIRST Robotics Competition
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