Programs

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Rockville Science Center provides opportunities for people of all ages to experience science and engineering in their daily lives. We offer year round events in order to:

  • Empower adults and students to have fun, improve their lives, make better “evidence based” decisions, and develop better policy choices
  • Inspire students from an early age and excite them about how they can improve their lives and the lives of others.

Cafés for All:

IMG_6985Rockville Science Café
Our Science Cafés are held at a local restaurant on the third Tuesday of every month. We create an atmosphere that reaches out to everyone especially those who don’t typically get involved in scientific discussions. Cutting edge ideas in science and technology are shared outside of  the traditional academic setting. The program is supported by the local chapter of Sigma Xi, a professional scientist organization, BioMaryland, Animal Exchange, and the Rockville Consortium for Science. Currently they are held at Branded ’72 Barbeque Pitt, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville MD 20850. For more information contact us at cafe@rockvillesciencecenter.org, or contact Ruth Hanessian at 301-674-RUTH (7884) or call the Rockville Science Center at 240-FUN-8111. For more information, click here.

Young Adult Science Café
Young Adult Science Cafe features career-oriented presentations by STEM professionals and leaders. YA Cafes are open to middle school, high school, and college students. Middle school students are encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Run by ASBMB USG (an ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network at The Universities at Shady Grove), with Rockville Science Center as a media partner, YA Science Cafes are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

IMG_7531Science Tuesdays
Each month presentations on science topics are made at the Rockville Senior Center on the second Tuesday at 1 p.m. Science Tuesdays are co-sponsored by ASBMB and the City of Rockville and hosted by the Rockville Senior Center at 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville MD 20850. Those attending must register through City of Rockville Recreation and Parks.


Robotics

400 300 roboticsOur robotics programs inspire the younger generation for a career in science. We provide a popular robotics program to develop interests in engineering and science when students are in their early teens before high school. Small teams build, program, and prepare robots for a competition on the last day of the program. These students participate in regional and national robotics tournaments. RSC supports First Lego League (FLL) robotics teams for students ages 6 – 14, and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) programs for youth ages 12-18. We help to arrange for mentors to the FIRST Tech Challenge high school robotics teams and help them develop and test their robots then share their ideas and experiences. In January we sponsor FLL and FTC regional tournaments for Maryland FIRST robotics.


Explorations!

The Rockville Science Center uses the abundance of science-rich venues and attractions in the greater DC-Baltimore area to share the experience of science in a new and different way by visiting places “off the beaten track.” We conduct one-day Explorations trips to science and engineering venues within driving distance of Rockville for students age 11+ and adults. The Rockville Science Center is working to bring “access to the inaccessible!” For more information, contact Phil Justus, Ph.D., at explorations@rockvillesciencecenter.org.


IMG_1239Summer Camps

Our popular Summer Camps for elementary and middle school students in robotics, geology, and space science are held at the Bullis School and City of Rockville centers.


The Rockville Science Center also sponsors and participates in a wide variety of science events:

Rockville Science Day
Join us on Sunday, April 23, 2017 for the 28th Annual Rockville Science Day. We partner with the Rockville Consortium for Science for this major event which brings over 100 exhibits of hands-on science and engineering to the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. Noon-5p.m. Rain or shine. Free and open to the public. Free parking. Food available for purchase.

Science Fair
We partner with ScienceMONTGOMERY to encourage middle school and high school students to compete in the Montgomery County Science Fair. Awards will be given to the projects that most successfully communicate their science to the public. RSC fields a Community Award Judges’ Team that recognizes Middle School students for EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION OF SCIENCE!

Exhibits and Festivals
We also partner with local events and facilities to bring science to the public where they gather. Look for us at Rockville Science Day, Hometown Holidays, Maker Faire, the USA Science & Engineering Festival (in 2018) and other events. We have provided programming with Montgomery College, Universities at Shady Grove, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Historical Society, City of Gaithersburg, VisArts, Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Montgomery County Public Schools, and other organizations.

Join us by participating in our programs, volunteering to make them happen, or making them possible.