Center for Educational Outreach STEM Newsletter
Issue: #19October 2015

The leaves are finally changing! Celebrate fall with these colorful STEM events!

The Center for Educational Outreach


Upcoming Events
White House Astronomy Night at JHU
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Location: JHU Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bloomberg, 3701 San Martin Dr, Baltimore, MD, 21218
What: In conjunction with White House Astronomy Night the Physics and Astronomy Department at JHU invites you to an evening of astronomy exploration at the Bloomberg Physics Building Friday October 16 from 6-11pm. We will have a variety of fun and educational astronomy activities including our portable planetarium and star gazing with the Offit Telescope (weather permitting). Students and parents of all ages are welcome.

For more information visit the website or email
Math is Cool, Applied Statistics is Way Cool
Date: Wednesday October 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm (Refreshments at 6:30)
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Shriver Hall

HUSAM (Hopkins Undergraduate Society for Applied Mathematics) is bring Dr. Talithia Williams from Harvey Mudd College to talk about math and applied statistics. She recently gave a Ted Talk entitled "Own your body's data" and is excited to share her love of math and statistics with the Hopkins community and general public. High School and middle school students are invited to attend and learn more about how data can be used in our daily lives. 

To discover more on Dr. Williams, click here. To RSVP for the event, click here.
Parent/Child Night Under the Stars
The Youth for Astronomy and Engineering (YAE) is a program at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is hosting two opportunities for parents and their children to bond and learn about space. 

Parent & Son Evening Under the Stars
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Parent & Daughter Evening Under the Stars 
Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

For more information and registration details, visit the YAE website
 Maryland STEM Festival
Maryland will host its first STEM festival from November 6 to November 15. Participate in STEM events in this area and all over the state. For more information and details about events, visiting the Maryland STEM Festival website
Professional & Grant Opportunities
Teacher Innovation Grant
Proposal Deadline: November 2, 2015
The Character lab is looking to award up to 7 teachers with grant money up to $10,000 for educator projects to cultivate character strength and skills in the classroom.

For more information or to apply, visit the Teacher Innovation Grant website 
No Kid Hungry Grant
No Kid Hungry is seeking grant applications for $2500 or more in funding for at-risk afterschool programs. 

Deadline to apply is October 30.

Submit your application by visiting, logging in or registering as a new applicant, and using the code MDCACFP2016 to begin a new request.
For more information about this funding opportunity for afterschool meals, call 443-423-0915 or email
Programs, Competitions, & Contests
Join MERIT Baltimore
Priority Deadline 10/30/15
Final Deadline 11/13/15
MERIT supports Baltimore City high school students who aspire to become health care professionals. The program starts after winter break sophomore year and includes paid summer internships in hospitals and labs, mentoring, SAT prep, college admissions counseling, and much more. Over the last several years 100% of the Scholars have been accepted into 4-year colleges and SAT scores have increased an average of 336 points. We encourage all sophomores who are interested in a career in health care to apply! 

Contact Jake Weinfeld or visit the MERIT website for more information. 
Upcoming Classroom Competitions

 Future City -- Application Deadline December 1st
Teams of 3-30 middle school students led by a mentor use the engineering design method and the SimCity program to build a sustainable city and solve a problem.

E-Cybermission -- Application Deadline December 16th 
Teams comprised of 3-4 middle school (Grades 6-9) students compete by proposing to solve a real problem in their community. 
Featured STEM Websites
Starting with this month's newsletter, each month we will feature a few websites with STEM-centric games, activities, videos, and other content for students of all ages.
Here are this month's featured sites:

Museum of Science + Industry Chicago -- Explore interactive games and activities on topics ranging from the physiology of surviving a night in the woods to an interactive periodic table. (All Levels)

Kinetic City -- A collection of science experiments & games to play to defeat a "knowledge eating virus". (Elementary & Middle School)

CyberChase -- Explore the world of the hit PBS series CyberChase with interactive math  games and activities (Elementary School)
Check the green side panel next month for more fun websites!

We hope you had awesome start to the school year and we hope to see you around town at some of these awesome STEM events. We'll see you next time in December!



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
Parent/Child Night
Maryland STEM Festival
Join MERIT Baltimore
Competitions & Contests
Quick Links
Featured Websites