Catch of the Day

Send the Kids on an Adventure with Tripster

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 1:39pm

Kids at the Franklin Institute

catch of the day fish (2)Kids jump for joy when school is out for a day, a week, or even three long months. But parents are sometimes less enthused. You can’t make everyday “Take Your Child to Work Day,” nor, really, would most of us want to. But the kids need something to do, and isn’t it better for everyone if they get to spend the day doing something social, enriching, potentially educational, and most of all, fun? That’s the idea behind Tripster– the awesome service we can’t believe no one invented sooner. Think of Tripster as basically the coolest, most fun baby-sitter/extended-family-member/youth-group/field-trip-organizer ever. Because that’s pretty much how they operate. Bottom line: you need somewhere for the kids to go when school is out for the day, and Tripster has the solution. Read More →

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Backyard Science Days at the Science Museum

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 3:16pm

Science Days

catch of the day fish (2)The folks at the Maryland Science Center want you to know that, “Science can happen in a lab, science can happen in space and science can happen in your own backyard!” Of course, to find out how, you’ll need to leave your own backyard for just a minute and hop on down to see what the Science Center is cooking up. August 16th and 17th are the Maryland Science Center’s 9th annual Backyard Science Days this year. They’ll be full of animal encounters and hands-on activities. You can stomp on stomp rockets (what?), race vegetables, build a beetle habitat, make seed bombs and much more.The folks (and beasts) from Scales and Tales will be there all weekend as well featuring live birds of prey and reptiles. Read More →

Catch of the Day

Pub Science at Elliott’s Pour House Tonight

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 1:21pm

Pub Science

catch of the day fish (2)We love scientists. They’re basically heroes in lab coats. They cure disease, unleash renewable energy, and, you know, brew beer. Sure, it’s not exactly Hopkins-level research that goes into the science of the perfect pint (better to save those resources for slightly more important things) but still, we wouldn’t have beer (let alone a vast array of beers to choose from each day) without the hard work of some hard partying scientists back in the day. So this evening we’re encouraging you to raise a glass while learning a little something about what went into it. Head down to Elliott’s Pour House to learn (and taste) about the science behind beer. Read More →

Schools

“Girl Power” at the Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Introduces Girls to Careers in Science

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 03, 2014 2:39pm

Applied Physics Lab - Kossiakoff Center

Applied Physics Lab – Kossiakoff Center

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) will host a free introductory event for middle and high school girls about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) on Sunday, March 9, from2 p.m.–5 p.m. on APL’s Laurel, Md., campus. “Girl Power” is a collaborative, annual effort between APL, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. More than 750 girls attended last year’s program.

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Sorry, Everyone — No Soda Pop Comet After All

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 29, 2013 11:41am

Photo by Damian Peach

Photo by Damian Peach

Back in July, we (along with everyone else who enjoys a little sky-gazing) got excited when we heard that an especially fizzy comet “the size of a small mountain” might be passing by earth on Thanksgiving. It was going to be the “comet of the century,” and Johns Hopkins astronomers were hard at work determining what, exactly it was made out of. Well, some of us went outside last night and looked — and saw a regular old sky, no soda pop comet to be seen.
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Garrison Forest School- Educating Thinkers for the Future

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 25, 2013 2:30pm

GFS

Lauren Gillis, GFS WISE student, at work in an engineering lab at Johns Hopkins University.

It’s 2013, and everyone still wants to know why there are so few women in science. With women making huge strides in workplace equality in other fields, science and engineering still remain largely boys’ clubs. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported on a study done at Yale showing that science professors, when presented with job applications from two young scientists with the same qualifications (one male, the other female), they were significantly more likely to offer the man a job. And if they did hire the woman, her salary would, on average, start about $4,000 lower than the man’s. Oof. Disappointing. But surprising? Maybe not.

We know that girls are rarely encouraged to pursue math and science—and those that do may lose their natural inclination toward the field when they face the reality of how tough it can be for women in the professional realm. But now imagine a place where young women are actively encouraged to pursue their interest in these fields. And it’s not just in the classroom. Here, upper school students get in-depth, immersive (read: really exciting) mentorships that take them into actual research laboratories. At John Hopkins. Of course, this place does exist, and it’s at Garrison Forest School– which is continuing to grow their fabulous WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program.

The WISE program at Garrison Forest has been in existence for nine years now. And by the end of this year, almost a third of Garrison Forest students now participate by the time they graduate. In fact, the mentorship program is so popular  that the school has introduced a new WISE program in Classics, with two students working on an epigraphy project last spring,  at the JHU Archaeological Museum. They spent a semester studying a Roman funerary, and culminated their research by presenting their findings at two public gatherings at the museum — including an academic symposium at which they were the only high school presenters. Read More →

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Health and Fitness, Lifeline, Schools

Baltimore “Boy Wonder” On 60 Minutes Last NIght

4 Written by: | Monday, Oct 14, 2013 9:08am

Jack Andraka, the North County High School sophomore from Crownsville who won the Intel Science Award in 2012 and who we wrote about last year, was featured last night on 60 Minutes.  If you’re not familiar with the superstar student, watch the video.  You’ll feel dumber, but proud!

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When Rachel Carson Went to Johns Hopkins, No One Thought She Was That Smart

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 10:13am

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To be honest, I didn’t know that famed environmentalist Rachel Carson had lived in Baltimore and attended Johns Hopkins until I read a contemporary environmentalist’s story of living in Carson’s former house. That’s why it was fun to read Gabriel Popkin’s account of Carson’s time at Hopkins, which (spoiler alert) didn’t go all that well.
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Inside Johns Hopkins’ Swanky New Undergrad Teaching Labs

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 10:07am

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Photo by Will Kirk/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

Since Johns Hopkins undergraduates spend so much time slaving away in labs for classes or research or just because they don’t have anything else better to do on a Friday night, it’s only fitting that those labs be beautiful. Hopkins has always had nice facilities, but this new 105,000 square-foot facility really takes the cake.
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Money & Power

Baltimore Among Best Cities for STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Jobs

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 14, 2013 9:27am

This week the Brookings Institution released a report, “The Hidden STEM Economy,” a review of the concentration of jobs that require knowledge in science, technology, engineering or math by metropolitan area.

The San Jose metro area topped the list with roughly a third of its workforce in STEM. The Washington, D.C.-area was second, followed by Palm Ba, Fla. Boston placed sixth while Baltimore came in eighth. Read More →

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