Rockville Science Center Opens Offices at Johns Hopkins MoCo Campus
Johns Hopkins University is embarking on a new collaboration with the Rockville Science Center. The university’s Montgomery County campus will house the administrative offices of the Rockville Science Center while the RSC Board of Trustees works to establish a permanent home in the city of Rockville for the center. Meanwhile, the two organizations will work together to find ways to bring more science programming to the community.
Rockville Science Center, previously housed at VisArts in downtown Rockville, relocated to Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus in August. The RSC will use the office space at Johns Hopkins for day-to-day operations and for planning activities.
“We are very pleased to have the Rockville Science Center on our campus,” said Leslie Weber, interim executive director of the Montgomery County campus. “JHU and the Rockville Science Center share a passion to bring science education to children and adults. Teaming up, we will bring more hands-on science activities to our community’s budding scientists, experienced scientists and anyone with an interest in science.”
Phil Justus, a board member for the Rockville Science Center, said: “The move to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery CountycCampus in Rockville helps us expand our reach alongside like-minded people and organizations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We believe it will have a positive impact on our programs. This will improve our ability to participate and collaborate more fully with our community of sponsors, educators, scientists and students.”
Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus is now a sponsor of the Rockville Science Center. The two organizations plan to work together to include each other in their science outreach activities.
“We are truly grateful to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus as a sponsor and providing space for our corporate offices, as well as for sharing in our commitment to science and technology education benefiting everyone in Rockville and the greater Montgomery County community,” said Bob Ekman, RSC board president.
Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus offers graduate-level classes in engineering and biotechnology, as well as science-oriented programs for elementary, middle and high school students. The campus’ K-12 programming includes events such as the Chemistry of Bread Baking for fourth graders, Frontiers in Science & Medicine Day for seventh graders and a for-credit Engineering Innovation class for high school students.
The Rockville Science Center offers programs for children and adults, including science café seminars, a robotics league for middle school students and science excursions. The Rockville Science Center’s long-term vision is to develop a vibrant facility that offers an educational forum for residents of all ages to explore the wonders of science that underlie everyday life and that relate to the scientific community of our region.
The Rockville Science Center joins approximately 35 other companies located on Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus. Sciences, researchers and entrepreneurs at the Rockville campus focus on disease research and other health topics. Other companies focus on technology, children’s mental health, medical device development and consulting services.