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What's Happening at the Rockville Science Center

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  1. Rockville Science Center moves to Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus facility Read More
  2. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - #GivingTuesday Membership Campaign – You’ve heard of BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY – we invite you to give a gift that lasts all year - become a member - or make a contribution to honor, recognize or remember someone special or become a sponsor! Email or call 240-386-8111 for more information.
  3. Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:30am-12:30pm, Explorations! Geology Walk, Registration required at Free
  4. Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 1pm-2pm, Science Tuesday, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, "Who Keeps Moving Magnetic North?", Free
  5. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 5pm-7pm, Young Adults Science Café, The Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, for Middle School (accompanied by an adult) through college students to examine careers in STEM, Light Refreshments, Speaker Dr. David Spiro, National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease , NIH, R.S.V.P., Free
  6. Tuesday, December 21, 2014 - 7pm-8pm, Science Café, Branded 72 Pit Barbecue, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, "Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Nature-based Forestry in Europe," | Lyle Almond, Professor, University of Maryland, Free
  7. Tuesday, December 20, 2014 - 2pm-6pm, FLL Robotics Scrimmage, Rockville United Methodist Church, 112 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850, RSVP, Free

Make your contribution to science

The Rockville Science Center can only happen with the support of the region’s citizens, businesses, educational and scientific communities.

Your donation to the Rockville Science Center supports our mission to advance the understanding of science and helps to underwrite free and reduced cost for programs for children of all ages and residents of the community. You can direct your contributions to one of five areas:

City of Rockville Summer Camp Scholarship — Your gift of $100 can pay for one child to attend a City of Rockville Summer Camp. Funds raised support the programs and outreach efforts of the Science Center as well as help underwrite free admission for all Montgomery County school children throughout the academic year. Please support, sustain and grow our education and outreach programs.

Bullis Summer Camp Scholarship – Your gift of $300 can pay for one child to attend Bullis School in Potomac for an enriching experience. Our premier science classes include robotics, space science and geology. Please consider making a generous contribution of $300 or more to support our education mission.

Robotics Kit Sponsor gifts — In 2014, the Robotics Teams will be purchasing new Robotics kits. The price for each kit are about $400. Your generous contribution will provide a much needed educational experience for middle and high school students, as well as help expand the robotics teams to schools that cannot afford the starter kits.

Planetarium Sponsorship — In 2014, the Rockville Science Center is planning to purchase a traveling Planetarium to use at schools and civic events. The total cost for the Planetarium is about $7,500 This is a highly engaging way to bring science to our kids who can learn about the foundations of life. Your contributions as a single sponsor or a group of sponsors will be counted -- among the stars.

Matching Dollars for Grants — In 2014, for every dollar counted in our donations, will count for matching dollars from generous donors and sponsors. Please give generously.

We are grateful for the generous support of each and every donation. Please contact us today making your contribution to science. Contact us at 240-FUN-8111 or email us at

Watch the Rockville Science YouTube Channel

Watch Rockville Science Center at anytime or anywhere.

In January 2012, Ralph Bunday, Physics Teacher at Blair High School led a captivating two-part series discussion on "The Nature of Light and How We Experience It." The following videos provide a compelling story about the history of light. Watch and listen to it now. Click on the links below:

Watch and listen to it now. Click on the links below:
Nature of Light Part I:
Nature of Light Part II: h

Are We Alone? Possibilities of Life in the Universe
Louis Mayo, NASA Goddard (Science Café, February 21, 2012)
Of all the bodies of the solar system, Earth stands alone as the only planet with clear evidence of life - a diversity of animal, plant, and microbial life are supported by flowing water and a thin nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere, on a planet with conditions that appear optimal for life to thrive and evolve. Watch and listen to it now.

Micro Medicine, Nano Technology and Cancer
Dr. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen (Science Café, March 20, 2012)
Theranostic nanomedicine has evolved to encompass integrated, biocompatible nanoparticle platforms that contain both therapeutic and imaging components. Watch and listen to it now.

Testing the Waters: A Seafood Tale:
Using Hydrographic Dye Studies to Assess Pollution Impacts on Shellfish Growing

Dr. Julie Mayer, FDA (Science Café, April 17, 2012). The FDA is always at work keeping the road from harvest to table as clean and healthy as possible. Along these lines, current research uses fluorescent dyes to track pollution in the open ocean. Watch and listen to it now!
You won't want to miss: "See Julie vomits dye near fish farm"

Predictive Neurotechnology: Minority Report and More
Professor James Giordano, Ph.D. (Science Café, May 15, 2012)
Neuroscience and neurotechnology (so-called "neuroS&T") are being increasingly viewed as having potential value to define predispositions to types of behavior, and thus may have some predictive value, and could be employed to allow preemptive interventions to deter the commission of crimes. Watch and listen now!

All Shook Up! Engineering for Earthquakes
Lisa Anderson, Senior Structural Engineer, Bechtel Power (Science Café, October 16, 2012)

Find out about Earthquake Engineering, how the soil influences the motion of the structure and the motion of the structure influences the response of the soil, current planning in "earthquake-prone regions," and Earthquake Analysis and Design. Watch and listen now!




Rockville Science Café receives a sponsorship

The Rockville Science Center sponsorship from the BioMaryland Center.
Any organization interested in sponsorship may call the Rockville Science Center at 240-FUN-8111 or email



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The Area's Next Scientific Breakthrough is Just Around the Corner.

  • The benefits of science are about to hit closer to home. Our Goal: To establish a science center in Rockville, Maryland that will inspire a lifelong passion to explore science, cultivate a sense of inquiry and discover and promote an understanding of how science impacts our everyday life.

    Rockville Science Center, Inc. brings together residents dedicated to raising our community’s understanding and appreciation of the science that underlies our every day lives and who are committed to seeing the Rockville Science Center come to fruition.


    Why now?
    The ability to think creatively, reason and solve problems logically, and evaluate the world we live in is critical to building a sustainable future.


    Why Rockville?
    This is where the action is for science, research and development. It’s an area that boasts more than 144 life science businesses with the Rockville zip code. It’s surrounded by world-class publicly and privately sponsored research and lab facilities and has one of the country’s highest concentrations of Ph.D.’s and scientists — along with forward-thinking parents, teachers and elected officials who are committed to seeing children succeed.


    NIH, NIST, NASA, NOAA, EPA, USDA, USGS, CoE, DoE and DoD are within a 30-mile radius of Rockville. And in Montgomery County alone, you’ll find biotech and pharmaceutical firms alongside Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland at Shady Grove and Montgomery College.


    By launching a vibrant facility that offers people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore the wonders of science and connect with the scientific community in our region.


  • We have a reputation for engaging the community in science. Now it's time to build on it.

    You may know of the Rockville Science Center from Science Day, the Robotics League and Science Cafes – monthly face-to-face conversations with local scientists from NIST, the J. Craig Venter Research Institute and Adventist HealthCare (to name just a few) on topics ranging from bioenergy research and genomics to robotics and astronomy.


    However, our most important breakthrough – building the Rockville Science Center – lies ahead of us. And by working together, we can make it a reality.
  • The Rockville Science Center:
    Opening minds and opening doors.

    The Rockville Science Center will provide access to exciting educational science experiences for visitors of all ages, opening doors onto the cutting-edge of theoretical and applied science work that is ongoing at laboratories, universities, research centers, federal agencies and businesses.

    Through this facility, we will:
    Promote science literacy through exhibits, demonstrations and special events.
    Encourage visitors to become lifelong learners.
    Stimulate the next generation of scientists to satisfy a growing local and global demand for their skills and knowledge.
    Involve and motivate the public to value the benefits of science.
    Provide an array of cultural and educational experiences that will make the area an even more desirable place to live, work and learn.
    Inform the public of the diversity of nature and applied science within commuting distance.
  • Applying science to the local economy.

    The economic realities of our times mandate that an endeavor such as this deliver a return on investment. At a time when stimulating economic growth is an imperative for local and regional governments, the Rockville Science Center is expected to:
    Attract visitors to Rockville and Montgomery County and likely extend the stays of those who are visiting the Washington, D.C. area.
    Encourage STEM-related careers and develop a self-sustaining science professional pipeline for local businesses, agencies and universities.
    Provide a gateway to research initiatives in the region and increase local awareness of the I-270 science corridor.

  • An "A" in science - and collaboration.

    The Rockville Science Center can only happen with the support of the region’s citizens as well as its business, educational and scientific communities. Since conducting a feasibility study for the science center, we have made significant inroads identifying potential partners and sponsors. However, the key to development is you.

    To help make the Rockville Science Center a reality, please donate, and become a member.


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